We are the Shared VR company
We create immersive 360° projection environments
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In our 10+ year history, Igloos have been used by 100s of clients across many different sectors. Most of our work falls into three main areas:
With Igloo, simulations can be more immersive, more versatile and more affordable. And you can put your people into situations that are too difficult, too expensive or too hazardous to recreate in the real world.
By bringing your engineering and design concepts to life, you can improve planning processes, reduce errors, strengthen teamwork and bring a whole new dimension to stakeholder engagement.
Many of the world’s biggest brands have used Igloo to create unforgettable experiences. We have delivered talked-about events around the globe. And we can offer an all-in-one solution – covering everything from design to delivery.
We offer a full range of Igloo Shared VR spaces – from 2.5-metres to 21-metres in diameter, accommodating anything up to 750 people.
You can own or hire any of them. They can come fully-crewed, or you can quickly learn how to operate them. And, if you want something more specific, we can build you your very own Shared VR facility.
Developing and delivering immersive Shared VR solutions is what we do (and all we do). This includes:
We design and create projection domes, cubes, cylinders, and custom-builds.
All our products are powered by the super-smart Igloo Media Player and supplemented by our Shared VR apps and plugins.
We have a global network of offices, and our delivery teams handle 100s of events and installations every year.
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We care about customer care, with a disciplined approach to training, service and support.
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One thing that sets Igloo apart is the breadth and depth of our client list. Working with many of the world’s biggest brands, we deliver quality products and back them up with a globally consistent service.
From our bases in the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia we work with clients worldwide.
We’ve delivered events and installations on every continent (except for Antarctica, but that’s definitely somewhere we’d like to work). So we know all about the disciplines required to ship our products, send our teams, and service our clients - wherever in the world they may be.
Igloo technology has been covered by many of the world’s most authoritative media.
For example, The Economist reported on our frugal innovation ethos, The BBC was quick to cover the Igloo simulation credentials, and various Igloo initiatives have been covered by the likes of the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Guardian, and the UK’s Channel 4 and Channel 5.
Over our 10+ years, we’ve worked with many of the world’s biggest brands and most demanding businesses. And, often, they say lovely things about us, like:
"I don’t think you could find a better technology or better space to communicate compelling stories about what you do as an organisation."
Andrew Dunnett, Director,
"It was great working with an international team. Igloo was great in the sense that we were able to work out of the Toronto office in Canada, we were able to get a headstart on the ways things work, test everything out, and we could be 100% sure everything would work on-site."
Ron Nessim, Solution Architect for 5G Projects, Summit Tech
"Our event guests and leadership team were both WOWed by the Igloo, and it was definitely a talking point at our event."
Kelly Clifford, Senior Event Marketing Manager, SAP Concur
"It’s been great. Igloo is there to support you every step of the way. The team is always coming in to show us different opportunities, whether that be new projector options or new software capabilities. It’s very much a collaborative experience."
James Brewer, Learning & Development Specialist, Lanes Utilities
For example, using panoramic cameras and Igloo software, you can run Igloo-to-Igloo video-conferencing, so it feels like everyone is together in the same room at the same time.
And, using our immersive workspace solutions, project teams can collaborate more effectively and engage more intuitively with a full range of digital content and data - it's as though the room itself becomes a business tool, and nothing is more than a glance away.
The huge Igloo advantage is the flexibility of our technology - enabling you to work with any content, from any source, in any format.
You’ll probably find that Igloo integrates, out-of-the-box, with all your existing content, as well as the VR, 3D and 360° tools you already use - like game engine-based content, design tools, visualisation tools, and training programmes, web-based content, and geospatial packages.
So, you can use the tools you already use - and enjoy the added benefit of using them in Shared VR.
Many clients come to Igloo because they are frustrated by the limitations of VR headsets.
Of course, today’s VR headsets do deliver a great experience, but it tends to be a solitary one. The Igloo experience is different:
So, if you are looking for a collaborative or consultative experience, talk to us about what is possible with Igloo and Shared VR.
We follow a disciplined process to ensure that we capture the details of a brief, and specify a solution that will – at the very least – meet your needs.
If you are using Igloo for an event, or we are working on a custom Igloo solution, we have a rock-solid project management ethos.
Our project managers and installation teams are incentivised to ensure that everything runs like clockwork and the only surprises you get are pleasant ones
If you have bought an Igloo solution, or have one on long-term hire, we provide full service support contracts, with both remote and onsite servicing.
Across the world, 100s of big brands from many different sectors are turning to Igloo Shared VR. Here are just a few of their stories:
The Centre for Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine (SESAME) at The University of Brighton is the proud owner of a 210° Igloo projection system.
Floor space in the lab is at a premium, so we proposed a 210° screen that can be easily stored then quickly erected whenever it is needed. Meanwhile, the projection and audio system are permanently fixed, meaning even quicker set-up times and little need for warping.
The simulator is primarily used to research reaction times and decision-making in sport-related situations. By using digital media to immerse participants in unfamiliar surroundings, psychological effects can also be assessed. And the benefits of the system have been covered by Education Technology magazine.
Believed to be a first for the chemical industry in the UK, a 6-metre Igloo was installed at the Saltend refinery in Hull, April 2015.
The solution offers an alternative approach to training. Through lidar scanning and a detailed texturing process, we replicated the plant digitally to an extremely accurate level of detail.
Using the facility, field technicians can practice safety critical tasks, such as safe startup and emergency shut-down procedures, in a virtual production plant. This is integrated with BP’s existing fully dynamic process simulator and its Honeywell control room simulator, which means that the competence of whole shift teams can be assessed and influenced by trainers for the first time. In terms of increased safety, reliability and capability, the potential impact is enormous.
Lanes Group, which manages a 68,000-mile wastewater network for Thames Water, wanted to find a way to fast-track the training of its maintenance teams – by immersing them in life-like scenarios.
We worked with them to create a smart training facility based on a custom-built 7-metre cylinder.
In batches of 15 people at a time, new recruits are able to interact with more than 40 training films. Since the introduction of the Igloo, Lanes has reported on more effective training and improved retention of new recruits.
Loughborough University’s Department of Chemical Engineering is using Shared VR to
teach graduate students about the realities of working in a live process plant.
The Igloo dome is now tightly integrated into the Department’s graduate curriculum. In
particular, students use it to understand the interplay between control room operations and field operations. They also use it to get a clear understanding of safety implications – for example, by deliberately upsetting processes to see the effects, without risking the disastrous consequences that would ensue in the real world.
Medtronic’s Applied Innovation Lab is a collaboration hub for employees, customers, healthcare providers, and other partners.
The 2,200 square foot space is a vibrant and dynamic space - always changing, depending what projects are in the works. Simulated environments, such as a patient’s living room or a hospital emergency room containing a bed and patient monitors are created to scale.
But there are environments that cannot be completely experienced in a corner of the lab. That’s where the Applied Innovation Lab’s signature feature comes into play. It’s a retractable, 6-metre Igloo cylinder, that can transport a project team anywhere in the world - from inside the waiting room of a hypertension clinic in Ghana, to the Medtronic training centre in São Paulo, Brazil.
To support the GORE-TEX® Surround footwear campaign, we helped to create a fully immersive, 360° 5D experience in the main atrium, Westfield London.
The GORE-TEX® SURROUND® 5D experience kitted out visitors with GORE-TEX® footwear and then exposed them to the elements, including wind & rain, as they experienced 5D simulations of some of the UK’s most stunning natural beauty spots.
The first location was Henrhyd Falls, the tallest waterfall in southern Wales, boasting a spectacular 90-foot drop over the edge of a rugged rock formation. Visitors could also experience the historic beauty spot of Malham Cove in North Yorkshire, with a chance to see the amazing panoramic views from the clifftop, standing at around 260-feet high. GORE-TEX® also ran a competition throughout the activation, giving away a pair of men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes every day.
Working closely with Drive Productions, we designed and installed the 20-channel immersive projection system for the London Boat Show's 4D Experience Tunnel.
The concept was to drop the audience into the middle of the ocean by combining photorealistic CGI imagery, 4D environmental effects and surround sound.
When Drive Productions came to us with this project we jumped at the chance. Although not Igloo's standard 360º set-up, we love creating immersive projection experiences, so had to be involved. The sheer size meant we brought in 22 projectors. By networking three Igloo Media Players and tweaking the standard Igloo software, this was no problem at all.
The New South Wales Environment Protection Agency (EPA) uses an Igloo Shared VR cylinder for simulation and training, and also rents it out to other government agencies.
EPA originally acquired the Igloo system as a simulation space. As part of the specification, we provided a full 360° stereoscopic mode. And EPA developed a number of interactive training modules for staff working in oil and gas extraction - including fully interactive landscapes, animations and a unique Q&A function for testing information recall.
To get the most from its investment, EPA actively encourages other organisations to make use of the system. And, to this end, it has developed a full support package, including content creation and technical partnerships.
For more client stories, visit our case study page.
In our 10+ year track record, Igloos have been used by 100s of clients across many different sectors.
So, please, get in touch to tell us about your ideas and how Igloo can bring them to life.