August 27, 2019 – Chinese VR headset company, Pico Interactive, and US-based education content creator, VictoryXR, have together announced a joint partnership to launch an initiative to offer an affordable package for 1:1 classroom virtual reality headsets. The initiative is called, ‘VR in a Box’.
Steve Grubbs, CEO of VictoryXR, compared Pico VR Headsets to that of Google’s Chromebook in 2011: “Eight years ago, Google launched the Chromebook and made 1:1 computing a reality for thousands of American classrooms. This Pico-VictoryXR partnership can do the same thing for VR in the classroom.”
Grubbs added: “Cost and content have been the two major friction points for virtual reality adoption in the classroom. By getting the cost down for both, we believe we have cracked the code for rapid classroom adoption”.
The VR in a Box initiative will be available in a 5-headset classroom bundle, and a 20-headset bundle, retailing at USD $1,250 and USD $5,000 respectively. Bundles include the Pico Goblin untethered headsets, which are completely wire-free and do not require a computer to run VR experiences on, as well as a hub for multi-headset charging and software download.
According to VictoryXR, bundles will also include a Netflix-style education content platform for a low monthly fee. Furthermore, the content platform will launch with 54 unique VR titles and 240 unique VR experiences.
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