According to the statement made by the ministry, Minister Varank visited DOF Robotics, which produces high-tech virtual and augmented reality programs and mechanical motion simulators for the entertainment industry in Istanbul.
Varank, who received information about the company’s activities from the chairman of the board, Mustafa Mertcan, tested the platform developed by DOF Robotics while wearing virtual reality glasses. Minister Varank said the company produces high-tech products by combining mechanics and virtual reality in the entertainment industry and exports them.
Emphasizing that the products developed by DOF Robotics are technology used in the entertainment industry and theme parks around the world, Varank said: “Here our company manufactures its products, which it has developed, designed and developed in the R&D center supported by our ministry, then export it all over the world.” .
‘WE HAD AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE’
Noting that the entertainment industry has started moving towards a different dimension all over the world, especially with the spread of animation, Minister Varank said, “Now people can access and experience the mechanical versions but from high technology and high security amusement equipment in the amusement park, which we can call real roller coaster, combined with virtual, much easier. We rode the roller coaster here with Mr. Mustafa. We put on our virtual reality glasses, we had an interesting experience. We tried a version that looks like the Far East together, where you can do battles that will excite children and young people more. Of course, you only try this through glasses, with the support of mechanical systems,” he said.
“WE HAVE A GREAT MOVEMENT”
Stating that this is a government that wants to develop Turkey with value-added production, Varank said that with the development of R&D centers and technoparks, engineers and technical personnel have started to develop and to produce many more value-added products. Recalling that an animation studio they recently visited sells animations worldwide, Varank said, “Today we saw creative products developed by DOF Robotics in the entertainment industry. companies that have license rights in the entertainment and animation industry in the world have these licenses used by such company, and they sell their entertainment devices all over the world.” Therefore, we can say that we have come to a point. We also have different companies producing in Turkey in this area. We have companies that do serious production in the entertainment sector, the world of water or the world of roller coasters that we call theme parks. DOF Robotics has such a capability of its own. “It’s one of the best examples of lean manufacturing we always talk about,” said.
“THE REAL SECTOR IS ALSO TRIGGERED”
Stating that the state supports the company at every step, Varank said, “We continue to support all sectors with the support of TÜBİTAK and KOSGEB or with the R&D and design centers opened by the companies themselves. If our companies are going to make big investments, our investment incentive system kicks in.
Entrepreneurs carry out this task themselves, but the contribution of our State towards them is undeniable. This company has carried out about 5 projects in collaboration with TUBITAK. The early development of some of the products here was made through TÜBİTAK projects. Of course, the fact that these opportunities provided by the state trigger the real sector shows how correct our work is,” he said.
Minister Varank pointed out that DOF Robotics is one of the companies pushing the top 3 in this field in the world, “But we want to see them first. It’s not enough, we want to see a lot more companies do the “Combining virtual and mechanical reality in the world of entertainment. “Which country exists, we want Turkey to come to mind first,” he said. “I hope we will achieve this through our businesses.”
EXPORT TO MORE THAN 80 COUNTRIES
DOF Robotics board chairman Mertcan said it exports about 90% of its products and exports to more than 80 countries. Informing that they mainly work with the United States, Mertcan pointed out that they expect an increase in exports in the next period, to regions that they could not reach due to the pandemic. Mertcan also said that they are trying to get all the support provided by the Ministry of Industry and Technology and thanked Minister Varank for his visit.
The company, which received awards at CES in Las Vegas and IAAPA in Orlando, one of the world’s largest and most important tech shows held in the United States, is located in theme parks the most visited in the world, especially in the United States and China, such as Marvel Studios and Universal Studios. One of the company’s most significant achievements in recent times is that it has combined the naming rights to FELD Entertainment’s world-renowned brand, Monster Jam (Monster Trucks), with its technology.