When Google Cardboard came along, an inexpensive way to view virtual reality content, they utilize their YouTube platform to allow content creators to take advantage of millions of users that get on YouTube everyday. Now if you own your own mobile VR headset, with exclusion to iOS users for now, you can enter the Videos that display the Google Cardboard logo. But they are not the only platform that gives people access to 360-degree videos.
This brings me to a 2014 startup by the name of Vrideo. Founded by Alex Rosenfeld and Kwangwei Hwang, Vrideo sole mission is to provide an extensive platform for 360-degree/VR video creators to publish on. To keep this endeavor powered, they have received multiple investments, coming from CEO of HuffPost, CEO of Thrillest, Vice Chair of Viacom, Co-founder of Machinima, etc.
Behind the scene, Vrideo is hauled by dedicated VR enthusiasts Sean Lawrence(Lead Web Developer), Anthony Mariani(Head of Publisher Relations), Mike Wang(Mobile Developer) and Evan Stern(Unity Developer). As quoted by them, “As a team, we believe life is the sum of your experiences. With Vrideo, we hope to make possible for people experiences at a breadth and magnitude that might otherwise be inaccessible to them.
Vrideo is now accessible to the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Gear VR and various smartphones. There are also over hundred 360/VR videos to be viewed ranging from Comedy, Educational, Films, Sports, Travel, Technology, Gaming, Experimental and so forth. On top of an extensive category of videos, they also provide a list of trending videos of the past day or all time.
In an interview at the VR Film Fest, Tony Mariani states, “Our Mission is to be the best, most fully built out, hardware agnostic immersive video platform available,” and they are doing just that. If you don’t believe me go ahead and visit their website and see for yourself. You can also connect with them via Twitter @Vrideo.
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