Frequently Asked Questions
More about the Capital Region AR VR Accelerator and the virtual reality industry.
What is virtual reality?
Virtual reality (VR) is a computer technology that uses virtual reality headsets, sometimes in combination with physical spaces or multi-projected environments, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment.
What is augmented reality?
Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are “augmented” by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
It is related to a more general concept called computer-mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer.
What is mixed reality?
Mixed reality (MR), sometimes referred to as hybrid reality, is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.
Mixed reality takes place not only in the physical world or the virtual world, but is a mix of reality and virtual reality, encompassing both augmented reality and augmented virtuality via immersive technology.
What is an accelerator program?
Startup accelerators, also known as seed accelerators, are fixed-term, cohort-based programs, that include mentorship and educational components and culminate in a public pitch event or demo day.
While traditional business incubators are often government-funded, generally take no equity, accelerators can be either privately or publicly funded and focus on a wide range of industries.
Unlike business incubators, the application process for startup accelerators is open to anyone, but highly competitive. There are specific types of startup accelerators, such as corporate accelerator, which are often subsidiaries or programs of larger corporations that act like startup accelerators.
What careers are available in the digital reality industries?
Some people believe virtual reality (VR) technology has the potential to change our lives even more than the smartphone has — and that technology is developing rapidly.
Products like the Oculus Rift have the power to immerse users in seamless, real-seeming virtual environments, while Google’s Cardboard platform can turn your smartphone into a VR machine with little more than a few folds of paper.
Naturally, such advancements go hand in hand with a rising demand for workers, and now might just be the right time for interested job seekers to break in. If you’re looking to break into this emerging tech sector, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind as you launch your job search. Learn more at Monster.
Who are the current VR/AR leaders?
Virtual reality has been around for decades, but 2016 was the year millions of consumers got their hands on the technology for the very first time. Though the headsets are still bulky and ugly, they’re giving people breathtakingly immersive digital experiences.
At the same time, thanks to Pokémon Go, there’s never been more focus on augmented reality, and Snap is taking that technology from smartphones to sunglasses. Get ready for both VR and AR to take off in 2017 like never before.
Visit Fast Company for “The 10 Most Innovative Companies In VR/AR 2017.”
What is the Capital Region (CR) AR VR Accelerator?
The Capital Region AR VR Accelerator is a unique program that covers the entire continuum of digital reality; from virtual, to augmented, to mixed, plus everything in between. Learn more here.
How do I apply to the Capital Region AR VR Accelerator program?
Just complete our online accelerator application and we’ll get in touch with you within one week. Top applicants will be invited to our facility for an interview. If you have any follow-up questions please use our contact form.
Who are the mentors, advisors and faculty at the Capital Region AR VR Accelerator?
The Capital Region AR VR Accelerator is more than just a great place to work with the brightest minds in modified reality. It also offers business assistance, guidance, mentoring, and potential access to capital and technical resources. Take a look at our growing list of influential mentors, faculty and advisors.