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Rhode Island Startup: Nexperience to Open VR Kiosk in RI Mall


There is no doubt that Virtual Reality is going to be huge in the near future. Hell, Facebook spent $2 billion to acquire Oculus Rift, making a huge bet on the platform. Zuckerburg’s statement regarding the acquisition speaks to this fact:

We … want to start focusing on building the next major computing platform that will come after mobile…History suggests that there will be more platforms to come and that whoever builds and defines these will not only shape all the experiences that our industry builds, but also benefit financially and strategically.1

For all its transformative power, though, The general public has not really had a chance to experience VR. That is all about to change, at least in Rhode Island. On August 1st, Nexperience, a Providence, RI startup is opening a new kiosk in the middle of the Warwick Mall. The “tech pod,” as they are calling the kiosk, will offer several different VR experiences to mall visitors:

(Nexperience co-founder Aaron) James said he and co-founders Eric Hall and Kevin Murphy held a three-week hackathon in June in their work space at the Hatch Entrepreneurial Center in Providence. The event drew about 15 people, students from the New England Institute of Technology’s gaming classes as well as Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island…Thus far, the team has created six experiences, including a simulated roller-coaster ride set in prehistoric times and what Nexperience calls the “toy siege,” which allows users to catapult virtual bouncy balls at a toy soldier inside a Lego castle, James said.2

  1. Mark Zuckerberg as quoted in: Joshua Topolsky, The Verge, “Greetings From Planet Facebook,” March 25, 2014.  
  2. Kate Bramson, Providence Journal, “Startup company prepares to sell virtual-reality software at Warwick Mall,” 30 July 2014