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Immersed 2015: Gesture Control in Positional VR

By Neil SchneiderMember Blogs & Education Sessions

Ben Miller is the Director of Content Development for WEVR.  In this presentation, Ben talks about the lessons learned when designing content with the HTC Vive’s Lighthouse controllers.

Note: The audio was plugged directly in the camera for this presentation, and there is some distortion.  It gets easier to hear once Ben starts talking.

Immersed 2015: Immersive Audio For VR

By Neil SchneiderMember Blogs & Education Sessions

Jan Nordmann is Senior Director Business Development for New Media at Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies.  This technical presentation talks about the effective use of audio in virtual reality.  Very well received!

Note: The audio was plugged directly in the camera for this presentation, and there is some distortion.  It gets much easier to hear once Jan starts talking.

Immersed 2015: Human Centered Design For Virtual Reality

By Neil SchneiderMember Blogs & Education Sessions

Dr. Jason Jerald is the Co-Founder and Principal Consultant for NextGen Interactions.  This presentation speaks to design considerations in virtual reality.

NOTE: The microphone was plugged directly into the camera for this day’s sessions, and there is noticeable distortion.  You will still be able to hear what the speaker is saying.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Immersed 2015: What’s Under the Hood

By Neil SchneiderMember Blogs & Education Sessions

This panel talked about the processing power and benchmarking tools  needed to make modern virtual reality work.  Panelists included:

  • Alex Davies, Writer, Tom’s Hardware (Moderator)
  • Sasa Marinkovic, Head of VR Marketing, AMD
  • Dr. Jon Peddie, CEO, Jon Peddie Research
  • Arto Ruotsalainen, Co-Founder & VP Operations

Immersed 2015: The Future of Interaction

By Neil SchneiderMember Blogs & Education Sessions

Kharis O’Connell is the CEO and Co-Founder of HUMAN.  This presentation talks about effective user interfaces for augmented and virtual reality and blasts many of the myths promoted with influential Hollywood cinema.  Kharis even brought props to demonstrate their latest work on stage which was bravely compiled just thirty minutes prior!

Immersed 2015: IM360 Keynote

By Neil SchneiderMember Blogs & Education Sessions

Andrew McGovern is the Vice-President of Media & Entertainment for IM360.  IM360 has one everything from an immersive Taylor Swift experience to Conan O’Brian in VR to delivering babies across great distances (ok, maybe we are stretching a little…just a little!).

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ImmersedAccessRAWIN THE NEWS

Always linked back to the source, these are lead-in snippets of recommended stories from around the globe about immersive technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D and more. Feel free to comment and weigh in on what you think!

People are actually angry that a virtual reality headset isn’t as cheap as they wanted

By PamSwartzIn The News


We assume their diamond shoes are also too tight

There’s been a lot of complaint about the price of virtual reality gear this year, first with grumblers moaning about the cost of the Oculus Rift and now, never-smiles finding fault with the HTC Vive‘s just-announced consumer price of $799 (£560ish, though it’ll cost more than that over here). While the Vive is more expensive than the $600 Oculus, it comes with two motion controllers and a bunch of extra features. But that’s not even the point.

It’s quite amazing to think we live in a world where the virtual reality technology we’ve been promised since dodgy 80s sci-fi has actually come to life, in a form small enough to fit on your head, at a cost people routinely splurge on phones they replace every year. And yet the whole world seems to be annoyed about it.

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Facebook wants to put the ‘social’ in virtual reality

By PamSwartzIn The News


The social network wants to prove that wearing a headset won’t mean shutting out friends and relatives.

By Sean Hollister

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 keynote was full of surprises. The ultimate one: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg strode out on stage to explain how putting on a VR headset can actually be social.

“Pretty soon, we’re going to live in a world where everyone has the power to share and experience whole scenes, as if we’re there in person,” said Zuckerberg. He explained how he plans to use a 360-degree camera like the just-announced Samsung Gear 360 to share immersive videos of his new daughter’s first experiences with his parents.

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Facebook Execs Say It’s Still Early Days For Virtual Reality

By PamSwartzIn The News

Sheryl Sandberg, billionaire and chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during a session on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 45th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from Jan. 21-24. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

By Leena Rao

Sheryl Sandberg tried to temper investor enthusiasm for the new sci-fi technology.

As Facebook readies to ship its Oculus virtual reality headsets, the company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, cautioned investors that it’s still early days for the technology’s adoption.

She explained at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday that turning virtual reality into a business is part of the social networking giant’s 10 year plan rather than an immediate action item. Facebook has been credited for taking an early bet on virtual reality by buying startup Oculus VR for $2 billion in early 2014.

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Samsung names date for Galaxy S7 with VR focus

By PamSwartzIn The News


By Arjun Kharpal

Samsung has sent out the invites for the launch of its latest flagship device this month and it will have a big focus on virtual reality (VR) as consumer electronics firm look to new gadgets to drive profit in a slowing smartphone market.

Alongside the invite to the “Unpacked” event on February 21 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung released a short video showing a person putting on their newly-released Gear VR headset and reaching out towards a slightly open box.

At the event, Samsung is widely expected to unveil the Galaxy S7 but could also give insight into new partnerships around the Gear VR.

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Here’s Why Apple Should Hold Off on Entering Virtual Reality

By PamSwartzIn The News


By Eric Johnson

Apple thinks virtual reality is “really cool” and, according to the Financial Times, has a secret team building headset prototypes.

We don’t know yet what, specifically, that secret team is doing. But considering the broad audience Apple tries to reach and the state of VR and adjacent technologies today, it would be premature for the company to enter the market now.

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Comcast Goes VR, Will AT&T and Direct TV Follow?

By PamSwartzIn The News


CES 2016 was the home of a lot of innovation, much related to VR. Comcast and Time Warner Inc and joining in, will AT&T and Direct TV follow behind?

Comcast Joins Hands with Time Warner

These two companies are investing $30.5 million in NextVR, a Californian startup that does broadcasts in virtual reality. This has raised a lot of questions regarding the future of VR, and whether or not 3D TV will get an upgrade.

3D TV was a trend for all of two minutes – consumers didn’t seem to be too excited about the technology at all. VR might catch on, with Facebook and other giant companies making multi-billion dollar investments on it. Virtual reality has potential in many industries, including education, health care, and entertainment.

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We’d like to build a repository of industry reports so the Immersed Access membership can keep a sharp eye on the latest trends and developments.  If you hold the copyright and have access to reports and findings that the community should know about, please contact us!