The coolest things you can do with VR, thanks to NYC startups

by Liz Warren
September 12, 2017

You’ve seen people holding Virtual Reality headsets to their faces, but do you know what they’re looking at? VR has the potential to enhance experiences across all industries. For these five NYC-based companies, the technology is changing the way people do everyday activities like watch sports, decorate and view art.


Professionals in event management responsible for choosing the best hotel for their meeting can now do so without leaving the office. YouVisit partners with hotels to digitize the accommodations, saving planners time and resources. The company also provides services for the education, recruitment and travel industries.


Museum lovers can finally live out their dream of viewing historic works of art from all over the world without leaving their home. Thanks to NYC-based Boulevard, famous works of art are more accessible, making the technology a useful solution for classrooms, families and general art enthusiasts. The company, formerly known as WoofbertVR, also provides teaching curriculums and tests to make it an interactive learning experience.


The time machine hasn’t been invented yet, but Timelooper comes close. This travel tech company enables users to experience local historical events with their smartphone. For example, New Yorkers who use the technology can “relive” moments like the V-J Day in Times Square. Experiences are also available in Washington DC, London (where it started), Budapest, Berlin and İzmir.


Whether you’re a major sports fan or just someone who prefers watching sports in real life rather than on TV, LiveLike can help. The Techstars company uses VR to bring users a real-life sports viewing experience. Users can watch a sporting event from box seats, bleachers or other angles to make it feel like you’re in the middle of the action — not your living room.


Anyone who’s recently moved into a new apartment or just wants to redesign their space knows that Pinterest design tips don’t always work. People looking to professionally design their place can benefit from Decorilla, a company that uses VR to furnish and spruce up their home. The service provides you with 3D views of your room that keep things interactive and accurate.


Images via Shutterstock and featured companies.

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