Twitter is the latest technology company upping its investment in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
Specialist site UploadVR reported yesterday that Twitter has “formed a new team focused on VR and AR development” complete with a director, Alessandro Sabatelli, whose LinkedIn profile describes his role as “empowering us all in the spatial computing revolution”. The former Apple designer joined Twitter as its director of AR and VR earlier this month. Further details have yet to be announced, although UploadVR suggests that Twitter’s recent acquisition of machine-learning company Magic Pony Technologies, whose tech could have some applications for VR and AR, could focus on Periscope and live video. “As Periscope continues to take off, live 360 video seems to be the next logical step in the platform’s development, allowing people to live in the moment with others, rather than seeing it through a window,” it speculated. “Live streamed 360 video, especially at scale, brings a number of bandwidth challenges in order to have a broadcast that doesn’t look like a blurry pixelated mess to the end user – challenges Magic Pony’s patented algorithms may help solve.”