VR-Drohne Spherie © SpiceVR

SpiceVR pitching for Hamburg at SXSW creative fair in Texas

Hamburg start-up presents "Spherie" drone with integrated 360 degree camera. Virtual reality is a new competition category at SXSW 2016

The SpiceVR start-up is set to represent Hamburg at a pitch to investors during the upcoming, international South by Southwest (SXSW) creative fair in Austin, Texas. The founders’ hopes lie on their virtual reality drone called “Spherie”. SpiceVR will be just one of 48 upbeat finalists who pitch at the SXSW Accelerator from March 12-13, 2016. Just getting an opportunity to pitch a business idea at this key industry event is considered an honor in the founder and the start-up scene. Winners receive a cash prize and know-how from international investors in addition to plenty of media attention.

70,000 professional visitors expected

SXSW attracts more and more delegates and visitors every year with several music events, movie screenings and start-up contests. This year, some 70,000 professional visitors are expected from March 11-20, 2016. Then, start-ups will vie in six categories for the technological innovation, funding program. “Spherie” will compete in the new category of “Virtual Reality Technologies” with seven other finalists.

3D data and 360 degree film footage

“Spherie” is based on the idea of combining modern virtual reality and drone technology to create the illusion of genuine footage of moving situations and static environments. Web based VR technologies that promise a new, enhanced quality in the perception of virtual reality are nominated for SXSW. “Spherie” is believed to be capable of delivering 3D data and 360 degree film footage and create unseen VR experiences. Until now, making sure that the camera system and film crew were not visible onscreen has proven one of the biggest problems when filming in full spherical VR. Now, this is exactly where combined VR and drone technology could set things right.

Use in natural disasters

“Spherie” is the brainchild of Nicolas Chibac, VR expert and founder of SpiceVR, and drone engineer Jonathan Hesselbarth. The patented VR drone construction aims to give a steady, vibration-free, flight pattern and a panoramic view without seeing parts of the drone itself. Apart from common use in 360 degree VR films, Chibac also believes the drone could be used in 3D measurement, disaster control and rescue, security, civil engineering and urban planning as well as sport and event entertainment.

The finalists will present will present their products to the jury at the opening event on March 12. The best three in the individual categories will pitch again on Sunday. Six winners of the competition wil be announced later that day.

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About Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has been an issue in the digital sector since the 1990s. Yet, the technology still has not made it onto a mass market. According to the online statistics portal, statista, turnover in virtual reality hardware and software will come to around USD 4.3 million dollars in 2016. This is forecast to rise in 2018 to USD 9.3 billion.

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