Visual Vocal co-founders Sean House, CTO, and John SanGiovanni, CEO,

Visual Vocal, a Seattle startup that develops virtual 3D environment productivity tools, has raised a $3.6 million investment round.

The two-year-old company announced the funding on Friday; Eniac Ventures led the round, while Scout Ventures, Spider Capital, and the Alliance of Angels also participated.

Visual Vocal works with enterprises to create 3D visualizations that are transformed into virtual reality experiences and viewable via smartphone. Its cloud-based communication platform enables teams to collaborate remotely in real-time and exchange feedback with voice technology.

Visual Vocal provides a binocular viewer that hooks onto a user’s smartphone and lets them see renderings in virtual reality. The company’s customers work in architecture, construction, automotive, aerospace, and other industries.

Users share their opinions within the VR environment instead of after the fact. Image via Visual Vocal.

The Visual Vocal tool is built around getting input from others. Users can cycle through design elements in an architectural design, or the placement of features in an engineering mockup, getting a 3D view of the options before they’re actually produced. As users go through the options, Visual Vocal’s system tracks their favorites so the tester doesn’t have to remember what looked best after the fact.

Since Visual Vocal’s pocket-sized tool works as well on a phone as it does on a true VR headset like the Oculus or HTC Vive, that also means it’s portable. Designers can bring it along to client meetings, or it can even be sent to researchers in the field who don’t have access to powerful VR setups.

The phone form factor also helps reduce motion sickness issues that often pop up with VR. And since the idea is to share pre-finished products, these VR experiences don’t need to be quite as polished as more consumer-focused media.

The software also features a mobile …read more

Source:: GeekWire

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