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The ITA Welcomes Opposable Games, Hammerhead Interactive

By TIFCA News
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“Opposable Games is focused on providing exciting, innovative experiences inside and outside the gaming hemisphere, joining the ITA gives us a unique opportunity to engage with a network attempting to push forward, promote and share a great wealth of knowledge. Emerging technologies like virtual reality can seem a little daunting to work with, especially for individuals and smaller companies, so it’s great for the industry to have a body that’s easing out some of the teething issues and providing a platform for discussion.” – Dan Page, Opposable Games

The Immersive Technology Alliance is proud to welcome Hammerhead Interactive and Opposable Games to the fold! Read More

DDD Releases Dimentia3D on Mobile

By TIFCA Press Releases

Los Angeles, California: DDD Group plc (AIM: DDD; OTCQX: DDDGY), the advanced imaging and 3D solutions company, has launched Dimentia3D™, an addictive 3D puzzle game on Google Play™.

Dimentia3D is a fast action 3D puzzle game that challenges players’ minds and reflexes to align falling shapes and complete rows on a multi-dimensional cube.

The game can be played in 2D on any compatible Android™ device (Android version 2.3 and higher) and comes into its own when played in stereoscopic 3D on a 3D capable smartphone or tablet. Read More

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Jerry Steinberg at Fox Sports Excited About VR and Next3D!

By TIFCA News

“Next3D’s revolutionary technology has the power to truly connect viewers to sporting events as if they are THERE. Even better, actually, because viewers can move between different premium locations to ‘virtually attend’ the game.” – Jerry Steinberg, SVP, Fox Sports Media Group.”

The original press release describes Jerry as “retiring”, but only from the SVP position, and he is still very much there. David Cole, Co-Founder of ITA Member Next3D, said:

“Jerry Steinberg is at Fox, advising them on new technology. He’s the man who brought 3D to Fox Sports and will be the man to bring them VR.” – David Cole, Co-Founder of Next3D

Jerry is often credited as the “Godfather of Sports”. Congratulations Next3D! Be sure to check out the full press release.

Epson Moverio BT-200 Advanced Augmented Reality Smart Glasses Shipping Commercially

By TIFCA Press Releases
Epson Targeting Enterprise, App Developers and Early Technology Adopters with Latest Generation Moverio Platform

LONG BEACH, CA – May 6, 2014 – Epson® today announced the commercial availability of its award-winning second-generation Moverio™ BT-200 smart glasses, delivering an advanced, full-featured augmented reality platform for enterprise, Android app developers and early adopters. With an MSRP of $699.99, the Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses are currently available through Epson.com and prelaunch.com.

Leveraging Epson’s patented core technologies, the Moverio BT-200 offers an unparalleled binocular smart glasses experience optimized for augmented reality applications. Micro projectors located on each side of the eyeglasses project transparent overlays of digital content directly in the user’s field of view over the real-world environment. In addition, the Moverio BT-200 glasses contain sensors such as a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetic compass for head-motion tracking and hands-free navigation. A front-facing camera for video and image capture also detects real-world markers for augmented reality (AR) applications. Read More

Next3D Streams Live 360° Stereoscopic Video To Virtual Reality Displays Such As The Oculus Rift

By TIFCA Press Releases

ATLANTA (May 7, 2014) – Next3D®, a pioneer and leader in stereoscopic video compression and transmission solutions, announced today deployment of its proprietary NextStream360™ system to capture sports, concerts, films, and other experiences for broadcast in virtual reality displays.

“Next3D’s revolutionary technology has the power to truly connect viewers to sporting events as if they are THERE,” said Jerry Steinberg, former SVP, Fox Sports Media Group. “Even better, actually, because viewers can move between different premium locations to ‘virtually attend’ the game.” Read More

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Nextgen Interactions’ VR Presentation at ECGC 2014

By TIFCA News

Gamers Nexus featured a presentation by Jason Jerald, CEO of Nextgen Interactions and proud member of The ITA.  NextGen Interactions’ recent work includes developing a VR game that was shown with the Virtuix Omni on ABC’s Shark Tank, development with Valve Software on porting Left4Dead2 to a VR system that was featured in the New York Times, consulting for Oculus VR, and serious game development with Sixense Entertainment.

The session entitled Virtual Reality Gaming & Design Challenges at ECGC talks about everything from VR history to VR game design challenges.

Neil Schneider (L), David Traub (R), Alan Price (Middle)

VR Visionaries Join Up!

By TIFCA News
“We produced Lawnmower Man during an era of $10,000 HMDs, but envisioned a time where affordable technologies enabled global access to positive and socially valuable immersive computing and entertainment. That time is NOW, and we are proud to join The ITA to help usher in this new era.” – David Traub, Principal of Epiphany Film Fund

Pictured above  on the right (during a fun GDC VR mixer that The ITA was a media sponsor of), David Traub is Principal of Epiphany Film Fund and was personally responsible for producing the on-display graphics work in the Lawnmower Man.  Lawnmower Man is the 1993 science fiction movie that introduced VR to the global audience.  Also pictured is Neil Schneider, Executive Director of the Alliance, and Alan Price, President of The ITA.

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The Immersive Technology Alliance Welcomes Industry Visionaries

By TIFCA Press Releases
ITA Announces the Addition of Seven Industry Leading New Members

San Francisco, CA. (April 29, 2014) – The Immersive Technology Alliance (The ITA) is the official voice and standards body for new immersive technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D, gesture tech, and everything in-between. The association is pleased to welcome seven new members to its respectable roster.

David Traub is Principal of Epiphany Film Fund, and was personally responsible for producing the on-display graphics work in the Lawnmower Man; the 1993 science fiction movie that introduced VR to the global audience. Read More

ITA Member Virtuix Raises $3 Million

By TIFCA News
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The Virtuix Omni is a VR treadmill that lets users physically walk, run, and jump in their favorite video games, and is best combined with VR devices like head mounted displays.  It was first revealed and launched on Meant to be Seen’s discussion forums – the consumer arm of The ITA.  This led to a very successful Kickstarter, and has pre-sold over three thousand units so far.

Their most recent success is having raised $3 million in private funding.  Making things even more interesting is one of their investors, Mark Cuban’s Radical Investments, had originally denied backing Virtuix on Shark Tank.  That opinion has obviously changed.

Congratulations to Jan Goetgeluk and the Virtuix team!