Immersive Technology Alliance and Member Events at SIGGRAPH 2014

By Neil Schneider August 4, 2014 December 9th, 2015 ITA Press Releases
New Member FOVE Joins Immersive Technology Alliance, SIGGRAPH Big Show For Immersive Tech

Ontario, Canada, — August 4, 2014 – Non-profit and non-proprietary, 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 ITA and several of its members will be participating in many functions during the upcoming SIGGRAPH conference and tradeshow August 10-14 at the Vancouver Convention Center.

“Along with 15 other virtual-reality related events at SIGGRAPH, the conference will be one of the biggest happenings of the year for virtual reality. The Immersive Technology Alliance has been crucial in helping to bring this effort together. Collaboration and support such as that provided by The ITA will be crucial for the success of this industry,” said Jason Jerald, Principal Consultant at Nextgen Interactions and key organizer of SIGGRAPH’s immersive technology sessions.

ITA Member Nextgen Interactions – Panel Moderator
ITA member Jason Jerald of Nextgen Interactions will be moderating SIGGRAPH’s official augmented and virtual reality panel on August 10th. This panel will feature many of the top industry players. http://s2014.siggraph.org/attendees/panels/events/future-here-augmented-and-virtual-reality

SIGGRAPH Global VR Meet up
ITA is one of the official sponsors and speakers at the SIGGRAPH Global VR Meet up. It’s a rare opportunity to try some of the latest immersive technologies before completion. Vendor highlights include Sixense, Cloudhead Games, NextGen Interactions, Dimension Technologies, Vanguard Valkyrie, ImmersiON-VRelia, Launchpad VR and more. Sample products include new gesture technologies, VR games, premium head mounted displays, innovative glasses-free stereoscopic 3D display prototypes, and more. There will also be informative presentations by The ITA, Silicon Valley Virtual Reality, Sixense, and Nextgen Interactions. For free registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-siggraph-global-vr-meetup-tickets-12342754511

Jon Peddie Research Press Luncheon
ITA member Jon Peddie Research is hosting a press luncheon on Wednesday August 13, 2014 about “virtualization” or the handling of remote resources, real time collaboration, streaming applications and more. Representatives will make presentations from Dreamworks Animation, Industrial Light & Magic, Microsoft Studios, OTOY, and Pixar. This press-only event could eventually have ramifications for the direction and growth of the immersive technology industry. Members of the media are encouraged to register: http://jonpeddie.com/events/details/jon-peddie-researchs-press-luncheon-2014-at-siggraph-vancouver/

SIGGRAPH AR/VR Contest
The Immersive Technology Alliance was one of the judges for SIGGRAPH’s Augmented/Virtual Reality Contest. Meet the finalists and see who ultimately wins on August 12, 2014. Each of the three finalists receives an Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 and a Sixense STEM. The first-prize winner also receives Full Conference registration for SIGGRAPH 2015. http://s2014.siggraph.org/attendees/real-time-live/events/augmentedvirtual-reality-contest-winner-presentations

FOVE Joins ITA
The ITA is also proud to announce their latest member FOVE Inc. A new head mounted display manufacturer, FOVE is a member of Microsoft’s Venture Accelerator’s program. While final specifications have yet to be released, FOVE’s core technology features eye-tracking for an enriched VR experience, higher performance, and improved interface in immersive space.

“With each new ITA member, it’s becoming clearer that immersive technologies like AR and VR are going to be diverse with all kinds of innovative benefits for content makers, technology enablers, and consumers. More importantly, it’s an indicator of industry working together to accomplish great things. We are excited to welcome FOVE to our growing alliance of industry builders and innovators,” said Neil Schneider, Executive Director of The ITA.

The ITA’s reason for being is to grow the immersive technology industry through education, joint initiatives, problem solving discussion, networking and non-proprietary representation. Private industry meetings are held regularly with international participation. Basic level membership is free for qualified content makers, and special arrangements are available for start-up technology makers. Email membership@ita3d.com to learn more.

For more information and scheduling, visit:

The Immersive Technology Alliance: http://www.ita3D.com

The SIGGRAPH Global VR Meet-Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-siggraph-global-vr-meetup-tickets-12342754511

Jon Peddie Research Luncheon: http://jonpeddie.com/events/details/jon-peddie-researchs-press-luncheon-2014-at-siggraph-vancouver/

SIGGRAPH Augmented/Virtual Reality Contest: http://s2014.siggraph.org/attendees/real-time-live/events/augmentedvirtual-reality-contest-winner-presentations

SIGGRAPH Augmented/Virtual Reality Panel: http://s2014.siggraph.org/attendees/panels/events/future-here-augmented-and-virtual-reality

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