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April Seattle VR Meetup #1

Join the Seattle VR Meetup April 17 at DigiPen in Redmond.  Please RSVP ASAP, as space for this event is limited. CastAR (Technical Illusions) will be presenting their groundbreaking augmented reality system. Other presenters to be announced. If you would like to do a demo please contact the organizers. 

Technical Illusions/castAR - Christina Engel & Brian Bruning 

CastAR is wearable glasses which deliver Augmented Reality (like Google Glass), Virtual Reality (like Oculus Rift), and projected AR (like no one else), at a sub-$300 consumer price in 2014. The experience is an interactive hologram-like image projected onto a surface around you, similar to the 3D chess scene from Star Wars. While focused initially on gaming, the potential for applications like education & training, data visualization, military simulation, and medical.
http://technicalillusions.com

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  • Greg H.

    The April event was great. It was fun to among a lot of enthused people building the future.

    For those of you interested in VR for applications outside (but still including) gaming, I suggest you keep your eyes on our Architecture, Engineering and Construction Hackathons - AEC Hackathons. We already hosted two very successful events on Facebook campus and hope to have one here in the Pacific Northwest soon.

    Event Website: http://aechackathon.com/
    AEC Hackathon Meetup Group
    http://www.meetup.com/AEC-Hackathon/

    Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AECHackathon
    Hacks from our March AEC Hackathon:
    http://youtu.be/3YcGTrQiggk

    Short Video from the Nov 2013 Hackathon http://youtu.be/rI7Ve5owCs4

    And for AR and VR in the built environment in which we all live and digitizing design and manufacturing. Read this article on Digital Fabrication, How to Make Almost Anything - http://goo.gl/pwCTJ3
    and Industry 4.0 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry_4.0

    April 21, 2014

    • Greg H.

      Hi Mark,

      April 21, 2014

    • Greg H.

      We are working on settting up a mailing list on the website. So much to do, so little time. I will update this meetup group once we select a venue and date. You can join the AEC Hackathon meetup and linkedin groups in the interim. We expect to have a lot of AR and VR hardware and software at the event as well as many other things to play with as well as a lot of hackable data sets. Plus many hackers, makers, gamers, builders, architects, media, etc. Thanks for your interest.

      April 21, 2014

  • Greg H.

    Question: How can we collaborate to make Seattle a global leader in innovation in VR/AR/immersive/interactive technologies?

    April 17, 2014

    • Yoi H.

      Encourage local developers to try as many applications other than FPS like games. VR is so huge, and nobody knows how it's going to grow yet. Those tests bring you new business ideas, device ideas and so on. Oculus developers in Japan are challenging so many types of applications, and that is one of the reason Oculus starts watching them very closely.

      April 17, 2014

    • Mike S.

      Most people have only had access to the DK1 but VR is obviously so much more. How many developers are building games or other experiences already that will take advantage of future features like the positional head tracking of the DK2 or hand and body tracking possible with STEM or PrioVR etc.

      April 19, 2014

  • Dmitri B.

    I would be interested in hearing what everyone thinks about VR advertising in context of Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR.

    April 16, 2014

    • Dmitri B.

      Thanks for sharing! I saw the post earlier, great food for thought!

      April 18, 2014

  • Trey B

    Excellent

    April 18, 2014

  • Yoi H.

    It was a greate opportunity to start building the local community for VR. It could be nice if we have some presentations to share professional knowlege, such as psychology or medicine, to understand what is VR.

    April 18, 2014

  • David K.

    Fantastic meeting some of you. I look forward to more great interactions with the VR community as we march on to the future :)

    April 18, 2014

  • Rod D.

    I want to thank everyone who attended, it was an honor to be able to talk about our game with the VR community.

    I hope you guys enjoyed demoing our game Diluvium, it was great hearing your comments and overall talking VR.

    Keep'em coming!

    April 18, 2014

  • Joseph A.

    Thank you for putting together a fantastic event! The energy and enthusiasm for VR and all of it's potential was amazing. It was a pleasure meeting many of you and I look forward to meeting more at future events.

    April 18, 2014

  • Dmitri B.

    Thanks everyone for the great demos and conversations, it's been a blast!

    We have a need for up to two Unity developers on a cool project, please send me a message if you're interested.

    April 18, 2014

  • Greg H.

    Informed discussion of Facebook's Oculus RIft Buy and the implications
    http://www.realityprime.com/blog/2014/03/the-new-rift-2/
    and while reading Avi, check out his post on WebGL
    and Unreal engine
    http://www.realityprime.com/blog/2014/03/unreal4-runs-in-the-browser-epic/
    And to really dig deep watch his presentation from the Augmented Reality Event
    http://youtu.be/S2Y2YY1QE80

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Michael L.

    It'd be great to also see what others in this group are doing in VR/AR at this meetup! Would it be possible for people bring their portable demos to this event? If time doesn't allow for this at DigiPen, maybe an after event meeting somewhere close by? Would anyone be interested in this?

    April 16, 2014

  • Andy K.

    Hey all. I'm coming at this from the augmented reality pov and using augmented reality as a way of bringing brick and mortar institutions into the 21st century. One aspect associated with VR I'm very interested in is the creating something like a VR holodeck where a store like Walllmart could recreate your living room and place one of its chairs in there (or change the colors of the walls). I was interested in what Greg Howes had to say about his direction in VR development. Most of what I see right now in that direction is still 2 dimenisonal. Anyhoo, see you there.

    April 16, 2014

  • Greg H.

    VR beyond Gaming? We are developing AR/VR for immersive design and fabrication of physical products including buildings. If you share my interest in VR for architecture, engineering and construction as well as virtual cities and digital fabrication/virtual factories, be sure to say hello tomorrow.

    2 · April 16, 2014

  • Joshua G.

    Just curious is anyone going to this from up in the Everett area? Would be nice to maybe ride with someone instead of sitting on the bus forever :)

    April 12, 2014

  • Meredith Bricken M.

    Working Thursday night... hope to see you next time.

    April 12, 2014

  • Suzanne W.

    darn!...I can't make this one...have to be at the club that night...but looking forward to our future meetups :)

    April 12, 2014

  • Tom F.

    Looks like VR is making a comeback. Will be good to see old friends.

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • Meredith Bricken M.

    Thanks, Ari, sounds great!

    April 3, 2014

  • Ari H.

    We have confirmed the location for the April 17th meeting: it will be at DigiPen on the East Side. Jen Sward, the Associate Dean of Game Software Design and Production will be our host. More specifics to follow.

    April 3, 2014

    • Dace C.

      So, not AR Cast this time around?

      April 3, 2014

    • Ari H.

      Technical Illusions will indeed be demoing the latest iteration of CastAR. Digipen is generously providing the venue.

      2 · April 3, 2014

  • William W.

    Howard can we invite jaron lanier to this event? Can anyone contact him?

    March 31, 2014

    • Howard R.

      Jaron is of course welcome to the event if he's in Seattle on the 17th.

      March 31, 2014

  • Josie

    Is there a location for this yet? I'm hoping for west side...

    1 · March 31, 2014

    • Dace C.

      yes, anywhere downtown to the north end gets my vote

      March 31, 2014

    • Ed

      Perhaps Wayward Coffee (http://www.waywardcof...­) ? They've got enough space.

      1 · March 31, 2014

  • Dace C.

    will likely be late to this one. please don't start CastAR demo/pres till after 7:30?

    March 28, 2014

    • Josie

      I believe they're only taking one set of glasses with them, so even if you miss out on the presentation, you should be able to get in line for a demo when you get in -- when we ran a similar thing at Amazon a few weeks ago, the demo portion ran for a couple of hours.

      1 · March 31, 2014

  • Andy K.

    I think I can get a nice space but its in Kirkland at the Lake Washington Institute of Tech. Going to the east side an option?

    March 22, 2014

    • Klaus W.

      Eastside would be fine with me since that's where I live :-)

      March 31, 2014

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