Booking opens 7pm, May 29th. 130 spaces up for grabs!
This month we have two great speakers coming in for two corking subjects but before those...
Starting at 6pm, the "pitch and putt" one hour session will allow LUUGites to some in and "pitch" their work for feedback, collaborations or just to "putt"* yourself out there... Open to students, professionals or hobbyists, those looking to employ or just to have a nose at what others are doing.
Then the main event at 7pm!
Barnaby Smith will be speaking on procedural planet rendering in Unity.
As a big scifi fan, planet rendering is something I've had a long interest in. More recently I've been playing about with making a procedural planet generator in my own time, which has had some interesting challenges to solve. This talk explains about using noise in procedural generation, how I came up with a way of displaying that noise on planets that looks great from any angle (avoiding various distortion and seam issues) and some options on where to take it further (there's a lot of options once you get basic fBm working).
Leonard Burton - Virtual Reality: Navigating its rapidly evolving landscape
This talk discusses the current state of play in the wild west phase of VR's development; how design approaches differ from the traditional thinking; the challenges we face; and the various lessons and experiences shared by the community. It covers not only working with the Oculus Rift but also other HMDs as well as the current and new generation of input devices, their benefits and potential pitfalls.
It also looks to discuss how the home-brew and indie developer community will have a huge influence in consumer VR's success and how well designed SDKs are making development for VR accessible to all.
Leonard is the hands-on user experience designer and project lead for Podrift; a Unity based platform to bring immersive podcast style experiences to VR. Podrift is the international effort of a small team of talented and passionate individuals.
We'll also have time for Open Mic slots so if you want a spot, please message me through @darrenlloydgent
Afterwards we'll be going to The Gate Clock to continue the networking. The pub is right next to Cutty Sark DLR.
*Sorry for that lame joke.