A startup called Next Aeon has just launched its virtual reality brand, called YouVR. The company has put out two apps, YouVR 360 and YouVR Maker, available on Android and iOS via Google Play and the App Store. YouVR changes the way people engage with 360-degree videos and virtual reality tours, with the aim of democratizing VR while providing an easy, affordable and fun way people can create and share VR content.
The YouVR 360 app is a kind of social media service for people to upload and share their 360-degree videos. The app was first designed to be a 360-degree camera app, but the developers later transformed it into a full social media app after realizing there was no major Facebook or Instagram-like platform for people to share 360-degree video exclusively.
YouVR points out that traditional 2D photos haven't really changed since their invention. The company says it is offering a new way to capture the world with full 3-D, and is going after an audience including enthusiasts, bloggers and fans of adventure. The social media app allows users to upload their 360-degree photos and videos instantly, and interact with fellow users from all over the world.
YouVR supports popular 360-degree cameras like the Ricoh Theta and Samsung Gear360.
For professional needs, Next Aeon is offering the YouVR Maker app, which app allows users to create VR tours on the spot by taking a series of 360-degree pictures. The app connects scenes to create the effect of a virtual tour, making it an ideal tool for real estate agents.
The demand for VR content has been rising over the last few years but there is still a major lack of content. Existing VR-related devices and software programs are too expensive and difficult for the average user. YouVR overcomes this by making VR content creation and management affordable, easy and fast.
The key to making this possible is in the technology. Next Aeon has developed the fastest image stitching technology on mobile devices and incorporated it into the YouVR apps. The implementation of this technology is a feat. Existing image stitching processes take up to a minute on PC. Next Aeon’s mobile technology takes one second to stitch six photos into a 360-degree image using the iPhone 7. It detects the overlapping parts between the images, stitches them together and adjusts the light and color contrast to produce a seamless high-quality 360-degree image. All of this is done on the smartphone.
Next Aeon has become the official partner of the Korea Association of Realtors (KAR) and launched YouVR as a full-fledged VR CMS platform YouVR will be available for over 100,000 realtors in Korea.
Next Aeon has partnered with KAR in Korea and it believes that its product will benefit agents, sellers and buyers, and will change the real estate market.