Huawei officially released its Virtual Reality OpenLab industry cooperation plan to promote development of cloud-based VR, facilitate technological innovations, incubate business scenarios, and construct a comprehensive cloud VR industry ecosystem.
VR development in games, videos, and live broadcast will increase drastically in the next two years, according to Gartner’s 2017 Hype Cycle for emerging technologies. Huawei says the characteristics of cloud VR, which include lightweight terminals, low costs, and cloud rendering, mean that deployment can be achieved rapidly on a large scale, making cloud VR an inevitable trend of future VR development.
However, Cloud VR development is still in its infancy and requires collaboration from the entire ecosystem for faster development. Cloud VR places higher latency and bandwidth requirements on the backhaul network, which means current network architecture and technologies are still unable to effectively support Cloud VR. Therefore, industry partners must seek solutions to create value and construct business models, Huawei says.
The VR OpenLab industry cooperation plan aims to help upstream and downstream partners jointly explore the development path of the cloud VR industry. VR OpenLab will focus on four research directions: business application scenarios, service solutions, bearer network innovations, and operators’ service implementation.
As the initiator of the VR OpenLab industry cooperation plan, Huawei will focus on supporting the development of the plan by providing an R&D lab, network devices, and experts.
Huawei says 30 partners have already joined the VR OpenLab industry cooperation plan.