Mozilla partners with Pico in the hopes of bringing new innovations to enterprise VR.
After releasing a new update for Firefox Reality that makes it easier for you to jump between your VR headset and your PC, Mozilla has announced a new partnership with Pico Interactive to bring Firefox Reality to Pico’s new lineup of 6DOF VR headsets.
The Neo 2 headset lineup, which is focused on delivering business solutions through VR technology, is available in two versions: the Neo 2 Standard and the Neo 2 Eye. The Neo 2 Standard offers 4K resolution, wireless PC to VR streaming, built-in spatial stereo speakers, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845; the Neo 2 Eye is exactly the same as the Neo 2 Standard, only with the added benefit of integrated eye-tracking.
The partnership between the two companies puts Firefox Reality on every Neo 2 device giving you the ability to instantly send a video, a document, or a webpage directly from your computer to your VR headset through a “Send Tab” option that’s built into the dropdown menu located in Firefox’s URL.
Collaborating through a Pico Neo 2 device will also get a boost thanks to Mozilla’s Hubs, a VR environment that lets co-workers from all over the globe work together in a private virtual room where they can talk, share 3D objects, and develop ideas.
While most VR headsets, such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Quest, market themselves as devices designed for gaming, education, socializing, and workforce solutions, Pico’s Neo 2 is focused solely on business and education. Mozilla is well aware of VR technology’s growing role as a tool in everything from recruitment and training to business marketing and day-to-day operations. Having both Firefox Reality and Hubs available on Neo 2 devices could potentially position both companies as leaders in VR education and as an enterprise solution businesses of varying sizes.
In an interview with VRScout, Christine Lion-Bailey, Chief Strategy Officer of Ready Learner One and a Director of Technology & Innovation in New Jersey, expanded upon the partnership, saying, “With this powerful VR partnership of access to information paired with the abilities to synthesize through real-time virtual collaboration, we are on the verge of transforming the quest for new knowledge both in the enterprise space as well as in education.”
With products such as the HoloLens 2 packaged with Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 and Facebook’s Oculus for Business on the Quest both being readily available for workforce training, workforce education, and collaboration, the Mozilla/Pico partnership delivers another option for businesses.
Competition is good for business and for consumers, and it helps to boost innovation and outreach, which is where Mozilla sees their partnership with Pico excelling.
“We are pleased to be partnered with Pico to bring Firefox Reality to their users, especially the opportunity to reach more people through their large Enterprise audience,” says Andre Vrignaud, Head of Mixed Reality Platform Strategy at Mozilla in a blog post. “We look forward to integrating Hubs by Mozilla to bring fully immersive collaboration to business.”
Pico Neo 2 devices will begin shipping with Mozilla’s Firefox Reality in Q1 2020.
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