Geopipe announced today that it has closed a $2.4M seed round led by Village Global, joined by Matrix Partners, the Alexa Fund, AME Cloud Ventures, and others. Geopipe is creating the authoritative whole-Earth digital twin built by AI, bringing the unified Metaverse of reality to gaming, simulation, and beyond.
Geopipe will use this funding to roll out more of its cutting edge deep learning techniques to parse the world, doubling the level of detail in its digital twins and accelerating its coverage expansion. Over the next 12 months, the company will expand deployments across key customer segments including gaming, simulation and AEC. To accomplish this, Geopipe is hiring for new roles in research, engineering, product, and business development. To learn more, please visit Careers at Geopipe.
Imagine a future where in one massive virtual world, you can do anything you could do in the real world, and more. You can play games set in the real world that are so immersive you don’t have to suspend disbelief. You can walk through the streets of the country you’ve always wanted to see on vacation, but can’t find the time to visit. Soldiers, first responders, and bus drivers can be trained in virtual environments that match reality so closely, they already know exactly what they need to do when they’re ready to go out into the field. Machines like autonomous cars and delivery drones can be trained for millions of hours in digital cities that precisely match their real world counterparts - down to wind, rain, snow, downed trees, and errant pedestrians.
Why are large-scale digital twins important? How does Geopipe data uniquely enable developers to build innovative spatial products?
In our latest in a series of posts that showcase how people use Geopipe Worlds, we interview an interdisciplinary team at the University of Utah that envisions a traffic control system for UAS (unmanned aerial systems), or drones.
The Drone Commander Team we interviewed included:
Jared Esselman, Director of Aeronautics, State of Utah
Ryan Bailey, Innovation and Implementation Specialist, State of Utah
Paul Wheeler, UAS Program Manager, Utah Department of Transportation
Brian Salisbury, Associate Professor, Lecturer, Entertainment Arts and Engineering, University of Utah
Jesse Ferraro, Project Facilitator, Therapeutic Games and Apps Lab, University of Utah
This team created Drone Commander, an innovative solution for one of the hottest topics in drones: Universal Traffic Management, or UTM. UTM is the concept for an automated air traffic control system for the busy skies of the future: management of overall drone traffic including air taxi, medical supply, and package delivery drones.
Players in Life Among the Bricks find themselves in the middle of New York City.
Geopipe co-founders Thomas Dickerson, Ph.D., and Christopher Mitchell, Ph.D. were not always pitching multi-million dollar companies to investors. Not long ago, they were dabbling in indie game development themselves. However, big ideas require big resources—time, expertise, and money.
“The specific problem that we saw was that we had these ideas for cool open-world, sandbox-style games that gave the player a lot of freedom, while still being sort of a unique style, and we just couldn’t get access to the sorts of 3D models that we wanted for creating those open world games,” Dickerson said.
Ever the problem-solvers, they built AI to do it for them.
Geopipe finished 2020 strong, winning the $1 million GENIUS NY grand prize and solidifying our traction in an expanding market. Our mission is huge: building the rich 3D twin of the whole Earth that will be the “map OS” underneath everything spatial.
With the GENIUS NY and our existing NSF fundings, we've already catalyzed team growth, welcoming bright collaborative minds to achieve milestones in our roadmap across our organization. We've asked our newest talent what inspires them about Geopipe and our mission, and here's what they shared: