Immersed: The Future of Virtual Reality Workspaces
In a recent in-depth interview with Eric Masher and Todd Jackson from Q2C-VR Gamer, Renji Bijoy, the Founder and CEO of Immersed, unveiled his journey from a pre-med student to a tech pioneer and creator of a groundbreaking virtual reality application tailored for remote work. Bijoy’s story is one of passion, innovation, and a relentless drive to reshape the future of work.
Bijoy’s transition from pursuing a PhD to establishing Immersed was fueled by his personal experiences and challenges with remote work. “I wasn’t a fan of remote work,” Bijoy confessed. “My mission with Immersed is to [recreate] the experience of working together, even when we can’t physically share the same space.”
Despite Bijoy having a clear vision for Immersed, the inception of the platform was not without its challenges. He candidly discussed his decision to start the company without a co-founder. As both the CEO and CTO of Immersed, Bijoy emphasized the advantages of being a ‘technical CEO’. “It strengthens the trust of those investing in the company,” he remarked. However, taking both of these roles upon himself also created significant challenges with fundraising. Fortunately, accelerator programs like Y Combinator and Techstars provided a much-needed boost. “The Covid-19 pandemic re-ignited our fund-raising initiatives,” Bijoy revealed.
Today, the Immersed platform is revolutionizing the concept of VR offices. Users can connect their standalone headsets to their laptops, creating up to five software-emulated screens, essentially crafting a mixed reality or virtual reality office on the go. Since it’s inception, Immersed has witnessed exponential growth, with just over 10.5 million hours of use in just a few years. Bijoy proudly shared feedback from behind the scenes at Meta, highlighting Immersed’s significant user engagement.
In a move that showcases their commitment to innovation and community engagement, Immersed plans to keep their platform open. “Instead of locking this system off, we’re keeping it open. It’s open to whatever people decide they want to try and do with it,” Bijoy emphasized. In fact, his own vision for Immersed goes well beyond virtual workspaces. He envisions a fully 3D internet, leveraging virtual and augmented reality to usher in the next generation of computing.
Bijoy’s endeavors to pave the way for the future of computing now extend beyond just software. The team at Immersed has recently announced the launch of “Visor”, a cutting-edge VR headset tailored for productivity. This lightweight device resembles sunglasses and is designed for all-day comfort and social acceptance. In addition to it’s sleek design, the Visor boasts several impressive technical options, such as a 4K OLED microdisplay for each eye and high definition color passthrough, which allows for a seamless real-world viewing experience. It comes equipped with integrated inside-out tracking technology from Qualcomm and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.
When discussing his team’s hardware efforts, Bijoy shared some insight into their collaborations with tech giants Qualcomm and Intel. “Working on our own hardware has been exhilarating,” Bijoy expressed. “The affirmation from other hardware partners who think that [Visor is] brilliant is great, especially since we’re venturing into this for the first time.”
Bijoy believes that his company is poised to disrupt the XR industry by introducing profound innovations on both the software and hardware fronts. It’s for this very reason that he plans to take the company public in the near future. “We believe that we can become the next tech giant. That’s why we’re going public,” Bijoy confidently declared. The company will merge with Maquia Capital Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Prominent backers include Intel Corp’s CEO Pat Gelsinger, ex-football star Tim Tebow, and All Blue Capital.
As Immersed continues to push the boundaries of virtual reality, the future of remote work seems poised for a transformative shift. With leaders like Renji Bijoy at the helm, the horizon of VR work spaces looks promising and limitless.
The full interview with Immersed’s Renji Bijoy can be found here.