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Many companies are investing heavily in the development of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions after witnessing its rising popularity in the industry. Even though these two hyped technologies sound a lot alike, they are quite unique and are used by businesses differently. AR and VR technologies give businesses a competitive edge with well-rounded marketing solutions.

Realizing the importance of AR and VR technologies, many companies have started providing these services to business owners who are looking to innovate. From easy adoption of technology to working closely for the development of prototypes, these service providers offer clients an ultimate solution by developing an agile model. Here are the top 5 VR and AR companies to watch out for in 2019.

1) NEXT/NOW

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NEXT/NOW is a creative technology service provider that offers next-gen experiences to its clients from all over the world. The company uses augmented and virtual reality for app development, motion interactivity, facial tracking, projection mapping, and more such advanced technologies to create unforgettable connects between users and businesses.

Based in Chicago, the company was founded in 2011 by Alan Hughes to create innovative AR and VR solutions for world-class brands. He was focused on creating digital content that can make the user feel one with their experience and environment. As an industry innovator, Alan led the creative development of his previous agencies with over 11 years of experience. Together with his vision and unique approach of bringing digital experiences to physical spaces, he soon made NEXT/NOW one of the most sought-after service providers in the industry.

Over the years, NEXT/NOW has built an enviable portfolio of successful VR projects across various industries. Known for its ability to create physical and digital experiences for brand events, festivals, tradeshow, retail exhibitions, etc., the team aims to bring the wow factor that connects consumers with brands in an immersive environment. With the use of state-of-the-art technology, the company is able to transport its users to a futuristic world, bringing digital experiences in physical spaces.

Clients prefer NEXT/NOW over other players in the industry because of their easy-to-understand vision as well as flexibility to work with clients as per requirement. The exclusive solutions provided by the company to its clients help them stand out from the crowd, and users commends the company's brilliant utilization of technology to create unique experiences. Their experimental marketing approach has helped many businesses in catering to their audience via gesture and motion, touch surfaces, etc. 

NEXT/NOW have a team of award-winning specialists who understand what the brands want and deliver results. The company offers a free trial to its potential customers so that they can experience their technological excellence firsthand. With some of the leading industry names and reputed brands as clients, NEXT/NOW delivers much more than they promise in terms of quality final product and timelines.

2) Igloo Vision

Igloo Vision is a shared VR company that provides immersive 360-degree experience by leveraging technology and technical expertise. The company boasts of a unique projection dome that is likened to stepping inside a massive virtual reality headset. This shared experience can be witnessed by 5 to 750 people at a time. Igloo Vision is an ideal solution for businesses looking for VR experience in training, visualization, events, and stakeholder engagement.

Igloo Visions was founded on July 1, 2007 by Colin Yellowley. Today it has over 10 years of experience in serving some of the leading brands across various industries. They not only have a team of experienced professionals on the backend but also have a repository of technologies that have been extensively covered by global media.

With offices in UK, USA, and Canada, the company has successfully provided brand installations to worldwide clients in hundreds of events. They have a flexible work model that makes it easier for businesses to work with them effectively.

The VR content created by Igloo can be easily shared in various formats and can be transformed into a shared experience. Igloo Visions is particularly adept with cutting-edge technology that can work with all kinds of content.

3) Sileria

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Sileria is a well-known software development company offering complete web and mobile solutions, including AR/VR development services. Its clients include Vimeo, CitySearch, UrbanDaddy, Sonos, Vuforia, Nook, Capita, and many more brands from myriad segments. The AR/VR services are of the highest quality as the team comprises professionals who have the talent, skills, and exposure to deliver what is desired.

The team carries the passion and skills for graphics and creates the virtual and augmented reality for a host of environments. Be it education, retail, manufacturing, or any other business, the Sileria team styles the solutions as per the unique requirements of the client. It follows the highest industry practices and protocols in each case, sticking to competence at every stage. Care is taken to ensure privacy and the team brings the best to the table.

At the end, it is a win-win situation, for the client gets what they seek, and the team learns something new in the process, adding more feathers to its big cap. So if one is looking for creative and quality AR/VR development services of a world-class level at a competitive price, Sileria comes across as the right choice.

4) FS Studio

FS Studio is a leading provider of AR and VR services that help clients reach their business goals. The company is known for its use of emerging technologies as well as unconventional software design to help them develop high-quality products. They are especially trained to handle the technological challenges faced by their clients in the implementation of their product.

FS Studios can provide exemplary AR experiences to the end user by leveraging technologies such as custom motion sensors, among other things. Their experience in providing extended reality solutions, computer vision-enabled apps, IoT, etc., is highly regarded in the business.

The company has a unique set of skills and experiences that offer anything from low-level firmware and driver support to high-level app development as well as optimization. FS Studios has specialized experience in catering to children's technology market and have worked with some of the leading toy makers in the business.

FS Studios is popular among its clients because of its solid team that can define the best engagement model suitable to all the stakeholders. They are experts at working closely with the developers and internal teams. At the same time, they can also work singlehandedly to provide reflective demos. The company favors quality of communication to deliver client projects within timelines and as per the client requirement.

5) XMOD

XMOD, Inc. is a reputed studio that has been developing virtual reality solutions for global businesses for more than six years. Their team members have generated simulations for various industries including architects, tech companies, as well as construction firms, allowing them to gain an expansive range of experience in Virtual Reality.

The company was founded by Michael Katseli and cofounded by Eyal Winter. While the former was a founder of mobile app development studio, latter was a known expert in game theory and economics. Together, the duo created XMOD that is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

They have a team of experts who have the knowledge and the experience of working with companies such as Disney, Sony, Atari, etc. Their team is also proficient in developing mobile and PC app development using engines such as Unreal Engine and Unity.

XMOD is geared toward providing an immersive experience to clients and an engaged customer service with their sophisticated machinery. XMOD uses a thoughtful design process to develop a realistic product for their clients. It is their transparent communication styles that has helped defy competition and stay on top of their game.

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