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Huawei opens VR OpenLab to push cloud VR

By Anthony Lam - on 31 Oct 2017, 11:28am

Huawei opens VR OpenLab to push cloud VR

Chinese tech giant Huawei is one of the latest major players hopping onto the VR train. With its sights set on convincing the industry to turn to cloud computing for delivering VR content in the near future, the company has launched what it calls the VR OpenLab initiative. Conceptually, cloud VR computing aims to use the processing power of data centers to generate, deliver, and stream VR content at a relatively low cost to the end user.

Image source: VR Room.

Huawei’s VR OpenLab initiative aims to rally industry players to jointly explore the development of the cloud VR industry. The initiative will focus on four research directions: business application scenarios, service solutions, bearer network innovations, and operators’ service implementation. 

Huawei realizes that the current latency and bandwidth limitations in current-generation network architecture and technologies used in cloud computing are unable to effectively support cloud VR. Upgrading these network infrastructures would be an industry-wide commitment, and it is for this reason that Huawei believes industry partners must come together to create viable solutions and business models. 

For those who might still have reservations about the longevity of VR at this time, Huawei has pointed to leading technology research firm Gartner’s 2017 report on emerging technologies, where the firm predicted that VR will see drastic development in games, videos, and live broadcasts in the next two years. 

This isn’t the first time Huawei has made a rallying call for industry partners to come together. Last year, the tech giant called for the mobile industry to put their heads together to develop faster mobile broadband technologies.

Source: VR Room.