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MTBS3D RT @GetImmersed: First block of speakers announced including John Cutter, Product Manager for @IBMWatson. #Immersed2017 #VR #AR https://t.c…
MTBS3D RT @GetImmersed: Thanks @GfxSpeak! Immersed 2017 brings #VR and #AR to Toronto. https://t.co/ZcIOi2XMuL
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MTBS3D RT @Robertsmania: I predict Gran Turismo Sport will be a killer app for PSVR. The racing is very good and the content is deep @PlayStation
MTBS3D RT @Robertsmania: Cool! I was able to get an RSVP for PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sport this morning. @PlayStation #E32107 @MTBS3D #VR http…
MTBS3D RT @Robertsmania: Forza 7 looks really good, especially on a really big screen and fancy motion rig! @ForzaMotorsport @MTBS3D #E32017 https…
MTBS3D RT @Robertsmania: MotoGP17 and F12017 look good, but no VR support on launch @SquareEnix @MTBS3D #E32017 https://t.co/rKb105fz02
MTBS3D RT @Robertsmania: New TS-XW Racer with Sparco rim running Project Cars 2 in VR! @TMThrustmaster @MTBS3D #E32017 #VR https://t.co/yYtnWXkN65
MTBS3D RT @Robertsmania: Awesome Motion Platform V3 driving rig and F1GT seats from Next Level Racing! @nextlvlracing @MTBS3D #E32107 https://t.co
MTBS3D RT @Robertsmania: Project Cars 2 in #VR with motion rig - yesterday the demo setup had huge triples in addition to the Oculus @BandaiNamcoU

SLAP! They Were Just Fancy Gloves.

Zuckerberg's Fancy Gloves
Several months ago, there was a Facebook picture of Mark Zuckerberg trying out new VR gloves in the Facebook research labs.  Playing VR piano, shooting spider webs - that kind of thing.  There was all kinds of excitement and hoopla around them.



Fast forward to the present day: Mike Abrash (Chief Scientist for Oculus) confirmed in his latest blog post that the technology is just plain gloves studded with retroreflective material and tracked by multiple cameras (which was plain to see in the original picture).  This concept and use case is extremely old, and yet it was treated like the greatest thing since sliced bread.  People are too easily impressed!

We want to see wild innovations with these gloves; like achieving that level of tracking with just two sensors instead of countless more, or demonstrating solutions to hand occlusion, or...dare we say it...haptics.  These are the real holy grails in our book. Here's hoping that Oculus has some glove-smacking surprises in store!

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Things to See at SIGGRAPH 2017

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SIGGRAPH is nearly upon us, and they are going to have some great immersive highlights this year.  Running July 30 to August 3, the VR Village - which is really so much more - is going to feature a wide variety of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality experiences and ideas.

Here are just SOME of the highlight:

  • “Heroes” is a mixed reality duet set to the iconic David Bowie song.
  • “Neurable” is a brain-computer interface that interprets user intent using neuroscience and advanced machine learning.
  • “Out of Exile” is a virtual reality storytelling experience that illustrates the hostility faced by many in the LGBTQ community.
  • "Mission: ISS" lets visitors explore the International Space Station 250 miles above earth in virtual reality.  Visitors learn how to move around the modules in zero gravity and explore the experiments and missions on the station. You can even ho on an EVA to check out the exterior.
  • "Magic Bench: A Multi-User, Multi-Sensory AR Platform" is a third-person POV mixed-reality platform where participants see themselves and their environment mixed with computer graphics assets.  Just walk to an installation and interact with animated CG characters!

There is so much more, and the VR Village is just a taste.  SIGGRAPH is the leading event for all things dealing with the magic of computer graphics and impresses every year.
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Intel Joins Immersive Technology Alliance

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“Intel is excited about how VR is starting to transform many of the social, collaborative and entertainment aspects of our lives. Intel believes in this transformation because we see this as another step in an ever increasing desire to have our experiences become richer and more immersive. To that end, Intel has joined the ITA because we see this as an opportunity to help forward industry efforts around immersive technologies.” – Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality, Intel Corporation

Over fifty members strong, the Immersive Technology Alliance has just welcomed Intel to the fold. Intel is a leader in CPU technology and has a huge presence in the virtual reality and immersive technology fields. Just some of their most recent initiatives in the immersive space include Project Alloy, co-founding a new VR Challenger virtual reality eSports league, and sponsoring the Olympics through 2024 complete with 360 video and virtual reality support.

The current ITA membership can be found here.
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