If you ever wanted to browse your Windows PC then Envelope is what you need. Today, Envelope is launching as a Public Beta for anyone with a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift to check out.
Envelope has been running as a closed Beta since July following a $5.5 million investment and now anyone can get it without an invite. All you’ll need is a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and a Windows PC to turn your desktop environment into a virtual reality space.
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Envelope takes your standard Desktop and enlarges it and presents it into a sphere that is placed around you to create an immersive viewing angle. You can still drag windows and open programs just as you would outside of virtual reality.
It’s great way of taking your Desktop experience and mixing it with virtual reality and works really well. The windows wrap around you, creating a natural viewing angle with a curved display.
Looking towards the future for Envelope, developers will be able to utilize the SDK to extend existing applications into the Envelope environment to offer greater functionality. Things like real-estate tours can take advantage of visualizations supported by Envelope to enhance the viewing experience.
Simply check out the Envelope website to grab the Open Beta.