PH startup provides 360 virtual reality tour of Cebu through VR technology — DOST

Published September 27, 2021, 12:37 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Local and foreign tourists who want to see Cebu’s famous beaches and tourist attractions need not to worry as a local startup firm has been employing Virtual Reality (VR) technology to provide a 360° view of the province.

Screengrab of Mataverse homepage on Cebu 360 destinations (DOST PCIEERD)

The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST PCIEERD) said Mataverse, a startup corporation that specializes in the application of VR and 360° Media in business, optimised its VR kit through the agency’s Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM) Program.

The VR kit includes a web-based Virtual Tour builder and Mobile Virtual Tour Application.

The optimization of the VR kit was not only aimed at jumpstarting the enterprise VR ecosystem in the country, but also bringing Filipino innovation to the global technology landscape, the Innovation Council said in a statement on Monday. Sept. 27.

“Mataverse combined both its technological expertise and deep understanding of the market, especially MSMEs, and enabled them to control, promote, and customize VR to fit their business endeavors,” it said.

It noted that the mobile development platform allows for a more feasible symbiosis between the use of VR in the enterprise industry and the mass consumer market.

It was DOST-PCIEERD that endorsed Mataverse for funding by the Technology Applications and Promotions Institute – Technology Innovation for Commercialization project.

DOST PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit drummed up support for Mataverse, as it called on the public to avail of the startup’s services and see the world in the new normal.

“May Mataverse may serve as an inspiration for us to pursue more collaborations with startups who will lead the future of innovation in the country. Solutions and opportunities await for innovative startups who would like to thrive in the new normal and DOST PCIEERD is here to guide them,” he said.

 
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