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Washington D.C. Today, FarBridge launches My Virtual Armenia, an application that gives users the chance to discover two Armenian historical sites, the Noravank Monastery and the Areni Cave Complex, through virtual reality. Developed in partnership with CyArk and the Smithsonian Institution, My Virtual Armenia builds on the Smithsonian’s expertise in research and curation to help preserve and share Armenia’s cultural heritage.

“We worked closely with the Smithsonian Institution and CyArk to help make the world’s cultures accessible to anyone, anywhere,” says Taylor Gates, Lead Developer at FarBridge. …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : PRESS RELEASE

May 2, 2018 — F8 Conference, San Jose, CA

Yesterday Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch and retail availability of Facebook’s first standalone virtual reality device, the Oculus Go. Developed by the Oculus team as a natural progression in their line of VR hardware, the Oculus Go features a lower price, sleeker design, and more intuitive user interface than existing VR devices. The goals seem clear: Affordability. Usability. Portability.

With the Go’s surprise release, the race is on to get applications ready for market as quickly as possible. Select studios were tasked with building the first wave of applications for the launch of Facebook’s innovative VR headset, and as such, have a head start in terms of new problems solved. …

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We couldn’t be more excited to announce the launch of MasterWorks: Journey Through History, a collaboration with Oculus and CyArk, available now for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR!

MasterWorks: Journey Through History is a virtual reality experience that lets you travel across three continents to visit some of the world’s most amazing places that span over 3000 years of human history. In four fully explorable environments, you collect artifacts and learn from archaeologists and scientists about the mysteries of who built these amazing places and learn about the challenges they face today.

Discover the fate of the ancient capital of Thailand, the mysteries of a pre-Incan temple in the Peruvian Andes, the astonishing Native American cliff dwellings of Colorado, and the monumental stone carvings of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. …

Sunny and weird Austin, TX is our home — and our home base.

Tacos and barbecue fuel our exploits and explorations in the many-faceted world of VR. While we bounce all around the globe for different conferences and meetings, the heart of our operations can be found just north of downtown Austin, TX.

The building we’re in is friendly, spacious, and modern. It’s a converted state trooper center with lots of potential for hosting larger functions. Knowing us (and the extended VR fam), we’ll be making plenty of use of all that room.

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When it comes to our office, we wanted to have a space that invites curiosity and makes room for people to work and play together. The ‘togetherness’ potential of VR is what attracts us most to this technology and its future applications, so we wanted a layout that cultivates that. …

Today we let the world know that FarBridge exists. Here’s a note from our founder and CEO, Patrick Curry:

I’m writing to let you know that I’m starting a new company — FarBridge. Like my previous startups, we’re focusing on emerging technologies, this time virtual and augmented reality. The promise of VR is what got me excited about computers many years ago, and today the field of VR, AR, and the blending of the two into mixed reality has me reinvigorated and ready to run the entrepreneurial gauntlet again!

Technology is always shrinking. The large VR goggles of today that let us see make-believe worlds will melt into more inclusive, everyday forms. I imagine the ultimate VR/AR device will combine the features of the Vive, the portability of the HoloLens, and the sleekness of Snap’s Spectacles. These glasses may not yet exist, but we’re getting ready for their arrival with new software experiences. …

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We connect people, worlds, experiences through VR/AR: "My Virtual Armenia" (iOS, Android) and "MasterWorks: Journey Through History" (Oculus Go, Gear VR, Rift)

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