If you tried to register for the upcoming ITA Annual Meeting and got wait-listed on Eventbrite, GOOD NEWS! We were able to rebalance the tickets and there is a bit more room capacity than originally anticipated. Get registered while you still can. You don't have to be an ITA member to access the public portion.
While GDC is all the rage, Torontonians have a special treat. Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH is going to be hosting the SIGGRAPH 2014 Computer Animation Festival for everyone who missed it in Vancouver. Roy Anthony will be hosting.
Now how cool is that? Pretty darned cool! Crossing our fingers that we get to see this thing...whatever it is. There is an expectation that it's an HMD, but who knows what cool things Valve keeps locked away in their garage.
In the meantime, we did notice something striking at GDC. Sony Morpheus has talks, Oculus VR has talks, obviously Valve has talks...where is Samsung?
We were saving this story for the most opportune time. Earlier this month, a Kickstarter was launched called The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience. You guessed it - it's a virtual reality recreation of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and historical developments leading up to the event. A very exciting concept and idea. They are about 40% funded with a deadline of March 16, 2015 - so there is still plenty of time for backers to join the vision and help make this idea a reality.
At the B.I.G. Summit, we had the opportunity to meet Robert Godwin, CEO of CG Publishing Inc. Robert has made a career of covering the aeronautical and space industries, and is considered a top educator in the field. Through his virtual celestial travels, he has gotten hold of all kinds of unique content and materials that few have laid eyes on. Some of that content is specially created 360-degree images of the moon and stereoscopic 3D captures. Yes, he has personally worked with nearly all the NASA greats as well! Very interesting individual.