Curiscope, a U.Okay. augmented and virtual reality content startup, has raised a $1 million seed spherical led through LocalGlobe, the seed VC company based through Saul and Robin Klein. Ascension Ventures, Force over Mass, ustwo Adventure, and Richard Fearn additionally participated.
The backing follows crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo ultimate yr for the corporate’s The Virtuali-Tee product, an augmented reality revel in that mixes a t-shirt and app to will let you discover a part of the human frame. Curiscope different’s product out within the wild is a virtual reality revel in known as Great White Sharks.
Specifically, The Virtuali-Tee is described as a top of the range t-shirt, partnered with a unfastened app, that permits youngsters and adults to find the human frame in absolutely animated 3-d the usage of immersive augmented and virtual reality.
“The t-shirt’s unique design is picked up by the camera function on the app, allowing users to jump into the pumping heart to bring learning to life, or pop their phone into a Google Cardboard to immerse themselves entirely in an anatomical adventure,” explains the Brighton-based corporate. It provides that the revel in will also be loved with others or on my own thru a “selfie mode”.
In a short lived name the day past with CEO Ed Barton, who based Curiscope with Ben Kidd, he described the corporate’s broader project as in need of to construct one thing comparable to Discovery Channel however for AR and VR.
Right now, he concedes, the era is moderately nascent and content ceaselessly missing, however this is precisely the chance the startup desires to snatch — each through development its personal shopper augmented and virtual reality merchandise or through partnering with manufacturers to do the similar.
Barton says that the funding might be utilized by Curiscope for expansion and to profit from new developments within the house. This, after all, contains iOS 11 and its implications for AR, along Android’s lately rejigged identical.
Meanwhile, George Henry, Partner at LocalGlobe, says that while the adoption of augmented and virtual reality remains to be at an excessively early degree, the seed-stage VC company believes that Curiscope is “building market-leading experiences”.