Pantomime Demos Multiplayer, Interactive VR Software
The Pantomime Corporation demonstrated this week what it’s calling the “first software” that lets VR headset users play in 3D worlds over a WiFi network. The only requirements (other than access to that network) are a smartphone or tablet.
Through the software, users can actually see the devices that they are handling and animated virtual hands. And when multiple players join that world, they see each other’s virtual heads, hands, devices, and the objects that they’re interacting with. It essentially looks like a mix of virtual and augmented reality.
“Today Pantomime software is turning virtual reality from a passive solo experience into a more interactive, social one,” Pantomime CEO and cofounder David Levitt said in a statement. “We’re introducing two advances: reaching into worlds using mobile devices while wearing a VR headset, and playing with other users over WiFi networks—all with no new hardware. And since Pantomime works across many devices and makes headsets optional, it lets people who don’t have a VR headset play together in virtual worlds with people who do—providing an inexpensive consumer on-ramp to VR.”