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CES 2018: Day 3

By Amy Chmielewski
January 12, 2018
Category: Events

Day 3 was our last full day at CES. Here's a round-up of our top picks.

Peter’s Pick:

This was not the first time we’ve seen the Insta360, but it is still one of the better devices at this year’s CES.

Up until now, 360 filming has been a complicated... Continue reading


CES 2018: Day 2

By Amy Chmielewski
January 11, 2018
Category: Events

Day 2 of CES was jammed-packed with even more promising new tech. Here's our list of top picks from the second day.

Annie's Pick:

We had a great meeting with MSI and discussed their existing VR-ready hardware, as well as their upcoming equipment releases. We got a private tour of their current fleet of PC’s, laptops and accessories.

Some of the custom PC’s that were on display were incredible with amazing cable management, liquid cooling and LED’s.

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CES 2018: Day 1

By Amy Chmielewski
January 10, 2018
Category: Events

We're sharing our top picks from day one of CES 2018.

Peter's Pick:

Intel's booth was doing a large push for VR. Not only did they have the newest gear from HTC, namely the new Pro headset and wireless transmission system (not shown together), but they created their entire booth to be explored virtually while you were in the booth exploring it in real space.

The virtual booth was a little better with lighter crowds and Easter eggs. My favorite bei... Continue reading


Top 5 Virtual and Augmented Reality Announcements of 2017

By Annie Eaton
December 20, 2017
Category: Virtual Reality

2017 has been quite a year for augmented and virtual reality technology. Every day we are bombarded with new content releases, hardware announcements, and software updates. So with this many things going on, we wanted to summarize our top 5 picks for the biggest announcements and releases to happen in our industry.

ARKit / ARCore

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Tags: Virtual Reality Augmented Reality End of Year Review

360° Video 101

By Peter Stolmeier
December 01, 2017
Category: 360° Capture

It’s time to wrap up our three-part series with introductions to the technologies we use the most often. Today’s focus - 360° video 101. 360° videos can be a great way to tell a brand’s story in an immersive way. This medium also has the benefit of accessibility since it can be viewed on a variety of devices. So let’s take a closer look at how it works and why it’s so compelling.

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Tags: Samsung Gear 360 Samsung Gear VR Google Cardboard GoPro Omni Insta360 Pro

Augmented Reality 101

By Peter Stolmeier
November 14, 2017
Category: Augmented Reality

When we’re laying the groundwork for any project, we want to make sure the people we work with understand our technology at its core. Futurus is doing a series of 101’s in Blog to the Futurus and this week, it’s augmented reality (or AR). Let’s take a deep dive and go beyond Pokemon GO with some answers to the top AR questions people ask us.

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Virtual Reality 101

By Peter Stolmeier
November 01, 2017
Category: Virtual Reality

It’s time to get back to basics and rewind for today’s “Virtual Reality 101” lesson. At Futurus, we’re involved in virtual reality development every day and sometimes we forget that not everyone has experienced VR like we have. We can’t wait for people to get excited about the technology, so what better way to start than returning to the beginning and breaking it down.

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Tags: Virtual Reality HTC Vive Oculus Rift Samsung Gear VR Google Daydream

Oculus Connect 4: What You Need to Know

By Annie Eaton
October 18, 2017
Category: Virtual Reality

Oculus Connect happened last week in San Jose, California and so much news came out of the event that we had to make note of the most important announcements to the virtual reality industry. Facebook has done a solid job at promoting their own growth with announcements and events surrounding their 2014 virtual reality acquisition, Oculus, at their annual conference. Here are our top picks for things you should know coming ou... Continue reading

Tags: Virtual Reality Oculus

Atlanta: The Perfect Blend of Right and Left Brain

By Annie Eaton
October 11, 2017
Category: Events

October is a busy month for most everyone. It starts to feel like fall (usually…), school is in full swing, businesses are heading into Q4 while also planning for 2018, and it’s conference season once again. The spring and fall generally hold many professional events and this year is no different. What is different is the growing crowd and caliber of events in the Atlanta creative technology space. Last week in Atlanta was a... Continue reading

Tags: Atlanta Technology FutureX Live SuperNova South

Behind the Scenes at Futurus

By Amy Chmielewski
September 28, 2017
Category: The People of Futurus

Interested in learning more about what we do at Futurus? Watch the video here. Don't forget to check out The People of Futurus profiles to learn more about the team.

Thanks to our friends at Lyda Fire for putting together the video.  

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Tags: Futurus Atlanta

How Can Apple’s New Augmented Reality Work for Your Brand?

By Annie Eaton
September 20, 2017
Category: Augmented Reality

Last week, Apple hosted its annual event unveiling their latest technology with all the pomp and circumstance that we have grown accustomed to. They hosted the announcement as the inaugural event in the new Steve Jobs Theater at their state of the art Cupertino campus. The lead-up to the iconic “one more thing” (iPhone X) included new releases like the Apple TV 4K, Apple W... Continue reading

Tags: Apple ARKit Augmented Reality iOS11

What's the Difference Between the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Acer Windows Virtual Reality Headsets?

By Amy Chmielewski
September 12, 2017
Category: Virtual Reality
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Tags: Virtual Reality Virtual Reality Headsets HTC Vive Oculus Rift Acer Windows

Meet Annie Eaton, CEO and Cofounder of Futurus

By Amy Chmielewski
August 29, 2017
Category: The People of Futurus

What inspired you to start your own company?

I’ve always been interested in starting my own business. From lemonade stands with my sister growing up, to a handbag design company with my mom in high school, I was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. When I met our CTO, Peter, I knew that we had a special connection and that we could do great things. We... Continue reading


OrlandoiX 2017

By Annie Eaton
August 23, 2017
Category: Events

We spent several days last week at the Southeast’s largest gathering of creators in virtual reality, augmented reality, video games, and digital entertainment - OrlandoiX. The Futurus presence was strong, in that Peter Stolmeier and I were both on different panels and enjoyed hearing from many other top minds in our industry. In addition to hearing great speakers a... Continue reading

Tags: OrlandoiX Southeast Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Technology Event

Meet Amy Chmielewski, Communications Manager

By Annie Eaton
August 16, 2017
Category: The People of Futurus

How did you get into marketing and communications?

I took a marketing class in high school and I really enjoyed the course material. I went all in at that point and decided to major in advertising in college. Marketing has evolved dramatically, especially over the past few years, but the opportunity to learn and adapt to the current landscape is what... Continue reading

Tags: Marketing Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Atlanta Futurus

Developer’s First Look at the HP and Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

By Peter Stolmeier
August 09, 2017
Category: Virtual Reality

Last week we received two unexpected packages, the HP and Acer Immersion VR Development Kits. We opened up the packages as soon as they arrived and got to work.

What’s in the box

Aesthetically the headsets have a couple of minor differences. The HP is all black and has a knob to adjust the head strap width, whereas the Acer has blue... Continue reading

Tags: Microsoft Mixed Reality Virtual Reality Immersive

Meet Paul Welch, Lead Developer

By Amy Chmielewski
August 02, 2017
Category: The People of Futurus

Paul is the Lead Developer at Futurus and all-around digital whizz kid. He recently moved from Orlando to Atlanta to be with the Futurus team full-time and hasn’t looked back! Let’s meet the man behind the beard.

You graduated from Full Sail a few years back. Before enrolling at Full Sail, what were you up to?

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Tags: Developer Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Futurus Atlanta

Exploring Immersive Technologies at DreamHack Atlanta

By Annie Eaton
July 26, 2017
Category: Events

Futurus took part in a panel last weekend at DreamHack, the “largest LAN party and computer festival” according to the Guinness Book of World Records. We participated with a group of some of Atlanta’s best and brightest immersive technology minds all brought together by local favorite, Hypepotamus. Holly Beilin, the Editor-in-Chief of the Southeast’s most beloved tech news source, led the charge and moderated the discus... Continue reading

Tags: DreamHack Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Immersive esports

Changing the Way PureCars Markets Their Digital Services

By Amy Chmielewski
July 19, 2017
Category: Case Studies

PureCars Virtual Reality cultivates empathy and understanding of the car buying process from the customer’s point of view.

PureCars has changed the traditional way car dealerships market to their customers. What used to be an in-person shopping experience has drastically transitioned to a di... Continue reading

Tags: PureCars 360° Video Virtual Reality Marketing Case Study

Meet Peter Stolmeier, CTO and Cofounder of Futurus

By Amy Chmielewski
July 12, 2017
Category: The People of Futurus

What did you do before cofounding Futurus?

I graduated from Full Sail University in 2009. Before that, I was an animator for technical training tools. Once upon a time, I did technical support for AOL, and I served in the United States Air Force from 1996 - 2000 as an Air Traffic Controller. During my service, I spent 6 months in Bosnia and received t... Continue reading

Tags: CTO Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Atlanta Futurus

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