HTC continues to be a big proponent of the small but growing virtual reality industry. Today, the company behind the HTC Vive headset announced it has added 26 more companies from around the world to its Vive X accelerator program. This is the third batch of companies announced for the program, bringing the total number of startups under Vive X to over 80.
In addition to financial assistance, companies that are selected to participated in the Vive X program will receive “expertise, resources, planning and an extensive network throughout the VR/AR industry,” according to HTC. The company says this kind of assistance will help boost the entire VR and AR industry.
Many of the new Vive X startups are creating tools that will help developers make better VR apps, such as Apelab, which is making development software that will allow people to create apps, even if they have no prior coding knowledge. Other Vive X startups are already making VR apps, such as Cloudgate Studio, which has made VR games like Brookhaven Experiment and Island 359. Finally, several of the new startups are hoping to expand VR technology itself. That includes Neurable, a company that is attempting to create VR apps that can be controlled by the human mind.
HTC did not state how much money it is investing in these new Vive X startups. It is still taking applications for the program, and interested companies can apply at the Vive website.