Behind hoverboards, VR (virtual reality) might be the most popular tech toy to be perpetually "five years away." Whether it was seeing holodecks on the original Star Trek, or playing around with a View-Master, the idea behind VRhas always been a part of the human imagination. In the past several years, though, VR has actually become closer to reality. Innovations like the Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard have lent a hand to these ventures, and once Facebook purchased Oculus for 2 billion dollars, everyone was paying attention. But here at Wisp, we believe that this is not only good for mankind, but can be a boon to Louisiana as well. Here's our thoughts why:
1. A Tech Culture Ready to Grow
Louisiana has been all about tech the last few years, and it's paid off heavily. There are incubators and start-ups and tech funds and venture capitalists all around the state. A wide variety of companies have begun expanding into our state, which means that the "tech IQ per capita" is increasing.
2. Tax Credits Ready to Support a VR Industry
We're not usually the biggest fans of talking financials on this blog (unless we're having fun teaching someone Excel functions) but in this case, we'll make an exception. Louisiana has some of the best tax credits for digital software / media production, meaning that even the number crunchers will be looking to begin producing software / technology for VR.
3. VR has gone from "a Few Years away" to "Here Today"
The Samsung Gear VR will be launching at the end of November, 2015, just in time for the holiday season. Consumer sets from Oculus will be on shelves next year. Early adapters have had the opportunity to play around with VR via Google Cardboard and other tech toys for years now.
It's no longer a question of if VR is going to grow, but when. As leaders in Louisiana's tech community, we here at Wisp are excited to welcome VR our home state with open arms. Who knows? Maybe in a few years, you'll be able to watch the Mardi Gras Krewes roll by, no matter where you are.