Where are those friggin sharks with laser beams coming out of their heads?!? Almost! The next best thing was at last night's dome party held at Vortex Immersion's LA Studios. Lots of fun!
This year's highlight is definitely going to be the VR Village put together by Denise Quesnel, SIGGRAPH's VR Village Chair. A wide selection of virtual and augmented reality displays and demonstrations are readily available for SIGGRAPH attendees, and we are looking forward to taking a closer look shortly.
What's going to make Immersed Europe a huge success are unique presentations and perspectives that are difficult to find elsewhere. This year, we are excited to welcome Kirill Pokutnyy, Co-founder of WIT LLC and author of Chornobyl360.
For those old enough to remember 1986, Chernobyl experienced one of the worst nuclear reactor meltdowns in all of history. The entire city of 14,000 people was evacuated, and only very limited government offices remain to this day. It's a disaster zone frozen in time with rotting homes, buildings, and structures from near-modern life. Frozen in time, Chornobyl360 is working to make it possible to experience Chernobyl as it is today in 360 degree VR form.
We are eager to hear Kirill's insights and plans for this ambitious project. The growing list of Immersed Europe speakers can be found here.
With the impending virtual reality market coming down the pipe, we are starting to see specialized hardware benchmarking solutions for immersive technologies. In particular, benchmark toolmakers see their software as a means to help determine if the PC hardware has the processing power needed to deliver a positive VR experience.