Immersed continues to shape up. The new public discount code is "ImmerseMe", and this takes $75 off the full registration rate. The earlier discount block is completely sold out.
Our advice is to register now because we have it on good order that there will be unique first-access content and prototype announcements and reveals at Immersed. The top, top people will be there, and this event is designed to help this industry grow by having all the tools needed under one roof. Media, investment, industry, expertise, you name it. Whoever is serious about getting involved in this market needs to be at Immersed.
Details will be revealed later, but in addition to presentations, there will be awesome exhibitions put together by the likes of Jaunt, Next Galaxy, ImmersiON-VRelia, the Canadian Film Centre (this is the group that works with David Cronenberg), and more. If the still growing Immersed speaker list is any indication, and if readers have any familiarity with the history of the Immersed organizers (who also run Meant to be Seen), it should be clear that only the absolute best will be speaking and exhibiting, and it's a very rare opportunity to be involved with something like this. There is no hype here; it just is. So get in while you can.
A *** MAJOR *** congratulations goes out to ImmersiON-VRelia. Actually, the congratulations should go the other way around. Tiger Direct struck a deal to be the exclusive distributor of ImmersiON-VRelia's GO HMD. Designed as an add-on for Android smartphones, the GO features 120-degree field of view, adjustable optics for sharp viewing, and the ability to work with most smartphone screen sizes.
Every honest to goodness PC gamer in the world knows the Tiger Direct brand name, and it's a major victory that ImmersiON-VRelia found a top grade channel partner so quickly.
The GO retails for $89 and will be available for sale at Tiger Direct later this month. It's also going to be making an appearance at the Tiger Direct Tech Bash on Friday, November 7. The bash will take over Miami's Marlins Park for a night of new product reveals, consumer giveaways and a stadium-sized party.
Yes, ImmersiON-VRelia will have a major presence at Immersed as well. It's going to be something else!
It's not news that Sebastien Kuntz is speaking at Immersed; we've all know this a long time. What IS news is that their MiddleVR software is getting enhanced to support Epic's Unreal Engine.
For those unfamiliar, MiddleVR is a software plugin that makes it very easy to take existing Unity code and repurpose it for countless virtual reality and immersive devices. It's a big deal becuse at universities, Unity tends to be the staple amongst students. So if they are equipped with a CAVE or VR hardware, MiddleVR is a fast way to get students working with immersive equipment without a big learning curve beyond what they are already learning in class. Of course, there are commercial benefits to this as well - this isn't limited to academia.