SouthWest Virtual Reality Meetup #1

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  • Hey folks, It's the first ever SouthWest VR Meetup! If you've any interest in virtual reality and the Oculus Rift at all, come along and join us to socialise, play with some cool hardware and watch a couple of short talks.

    We'll have Oculus Rifts, Razer Hydras and all sorts of stuff people will be bringing along. We even have a DK2!

    Sam Watts of Tammeka Games is coming to demo the ultra-fantastic, high-octane futuristic racer Radial G. This Palmer Luckey-approved game proves you can spin and speed without a case of the dreaded sim sick. Grab a go if you’ve not had chance, you’re in for a treat, and for the love of all things VR - back the Kickstarter - http://kck.st/1qvZes4­

    Also joining us is Nick Pittom of Fire Panda, creator of the nothing less than magical Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro demos, prompters of many a conversation on interactive VR cinema. Nick’s also been at the Kickstarter, crowdfunding an experimental game/trip: “RedOfPaw's Big Crazy Stupid VR Adventure and American Pie”. Have a looksee and show Nick some support - http://kck.st/1r2GTRX­

    Guest speakers include Toxic Games, who recently released a Director's Cut of their fantastic first person puzzler Q.U.B.E that includes support for the Oculus Rift. They'll be here to talk about the trials and tribulations of adapting the game and to give you the chance to experience the game with a Rift. 

    For more on Toxic Games and Q.U.B.E., which is currently 50% off in the Steam Summer Sale check out the links below:

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/239430/?snr=1_7_7_230_150_1

    http://toxicgames.co.uk/

    http://qube-game.com/

    http://www.joystiq.com/2012/01/13/q-u-b-e-review/

    Liviu Berechet Antoni will be joining us to show us his impressive open source 3D printed VR HMD Altergaze, which makes use of the capabilities of standard smartphones. 

    The company sought crowdfunding through Kickstarter originally, raising just under £32,000 and has taken the approach of reaching out to various partners to 3D print its product. 

    Any Altergaze customer can customise their HMD with a tool on the company's website. Companies seeking to employ the device as a promotional or functional tool can also create entirely bespoke models to suit their branding.
    For more information on Altergaze, check out the following links: 

    http://www.agvr.co/ 

    http://www.bloomberg.com/video/mobile-virtual-reality-headset-for-your-smartphone-jEvBTW1tTouZhTeVxSjEYA.html

    http://www.develop-online.net/interview/altergaze-vr-s-new-underdog/0191588

    http://mashable.com/2014/04/11/virtual-reality-smartphone/ 

    Some drinks will be provided but once they're gone, they're gone (there's a bar downstairs though, don't worry).

    Talks and demonstrations will start around 7, with hands-on time and drinking to follow shortly after.

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  • Dan Page

    So some good news and some bad news. Bad news first - Callum can't make it. We're gutted, but there was nothing he could do about it, and he's promised he'll be along to the next one, so at least we've got something to look forward to hey! Good news - We've got a DK2. Happy times! http://i.imgur.com/8zxN27d.jpg­

    Looks like we're gonna have 7 Rifts, maybe 8 at the event. As ever, please let me know if you're planning on bringing anything.

    If you've built a Cardboard, do please bring it along!

    1h ago

    • Nathan Wong

      Assuming UPS deliver, I could bring along a DK2 if needed.

      I'll definitely bring along Cardboard.

      18m ago

  • SamW

    Sorry to be a pain, am bringing a +1 with me, an old uni mate who lives in Bristol who I haven't seen in 15+ years. He's only staying for the first hour though. Hope that's ok

    Yesterday

    • Dan Page

      Just don't tell anyone.

      Yesterday

    • Dan Page

      (Considering you're coming from Brighton and bringing Radial G....I'll let you off)

      Yesterday

  • Mark Goodall

    That sucks, I wanted to add a +1 and it put me on the wait list, so I removed the +1 and I'm still on the waitlist

    Yesterday

  • Dan Page

    Now we're drawing closer to the event, could you please ensure your RSVP status is up to date. If you're bringing guests, please ensure they're definitely coming and update appropriately. If you can't make it, please change your RSVP to "not attending". We have a large waiting list and I wouldn't want anybody to miss the event that we might have been able to fit in.

    If you are on the waiting list, don't worry too much, we're going to make sure we can fit a lot more people in next time round.

    Cheers,

    Dan

    2 days ago

  • Dan Page

    One week to go! Exciting news!

    Sam Watts of Tammeka Games is coming to demo the ultra-fantastic, high-octane futuristic racer Radial G. This Palmer Luckey-approved game proves you can spin and speed without a case of the dreaded sim sick. Grab a go if you’ve not had chance, you’re in for a treat, and for the love of all things VR - back the Kickstarter - http://kck.st/1qvZes4­

    Also joining us is Nick Pittom of Fire Panda, creator of the nothing less than magical Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro demos, prompters of many a conversation on interactive VR cinema. Nick’s also been at the Kickstarter, crowdfunding an experimental game/trip: “RedOfPaw's Big Crazy Stupid VR Adventure and American Pie”. Have a looksee and show Nick some support - http://kck.st/1r2GTRX­

    Once again, please let me know if you’re planning to bring anything; we don’t want to run out of space/machines.

    Big thanks to all those helping us put this together and planning to attend!

    Seeya next week!

    Dan

    1 · 3 days ago

  • SamW

    Hey all, Dan

    Have added myself to the waiting list; trying to work out details of getting over from Brighton to come show Radial-G : Racing Revolved to peeps.

    In the meantime, people can find out more about it here: http://bit.ly/rgkick­

    Cheers!

    July 14

    • SamW

      Right I've got the train ticket and hotel booked for the night

      4 days ago

    • WormSlayer

      Great, see you there :D

      4 days ago

  • Dan Page

    4 days ago

  • David Hallowes

    Hopefully I'll be able to attend! Hopefully will have a DK2 by then and will also be able to bring my Logitech G27 if anyone wanted to try sim-racing!

    July 1

    • Dan Page

      Hey David, looks like you've moved up the list! Good stuff :) If you want to bring the G27 that'd be great!

      July 18

  • OlivierJT

    Sorry guys, I won't be able to make it. See you in VR !

    July 17

    • Dan Page

      Maybe next time!

      July 17

    • WormSlayer

      No worries man, it's a long way from France just to hang out for a few hours :)

      July 17

  • Chris Maule

    Is there any chance you would be able to get a Project Morpheus headset to try out? I imagine it would be quite a challenge.

    June 20

    • Duncan Woods

      SCEI have declined. They say their only planned demoes will be at GamesCom and GDCeu. I'll see if one of their dev relations can be persuaded to come along nonetheless.

      July 17

    • Dan Page

      Cheers Duncan!

      July 17

  • Snowcrash

    I'm travelling from Cardiff, anyone else South Wales want to Car Share?

    July 17

  • Harvey West

    Worth watching again ...
    What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    July 17

  • Dan Page

    Callum will be bringing the Alien: Isolation demo along. You should probably bring spare underwear.

    1 · July 4

    • Dan Page

      "This is the most terrifying thing you'll ever play" - Pocket Lint

      "Alien: Isolation demo 'pants-soilingly terrifying' in Oculus Rift" - Wired

      "All the pee came out" - Polygon

      1 · July 4

  • Dan Page

    Hi all, if you're planning on bringing a Rift with you, could you please send me a pm? Trying to sort out logistics! Thanks

    July 4

  • Nick Pittom

    Dayam, late to the party on this one for sure. Hopefully a space opens up :D

    July 4

  • Max Palmer

    Looking forward to this but my DK2 has competition from my new baby also arriving in July. So I might not make it!

    Anyone else have a Rift ->DK1 or DK2 arriving in time?

    June 27

    • John Batty

      I'm around position 100 on that list... :-)

      July 2

    • Max Palmer

      I'm about position 200.

      July 4

  • Dan Page

    Very pleased to announce that the lovely Callum Underwood, Developer Relations Manager at Oculus VR is coming, and he's bringing a DK2 with him! Woop!

    4 · June 26

  • Dan Page

    NEW GUEST CONFIRMED: Liviu Berechet Antoni will be joining us to show us his impressive open source 3D printed VR HMD Altergaze, which makes use of the capabilities of standard smartphones. The company sought crowdfunding through Kickstarter originally, raising just under £32,000 and has taken the approach of reaching out to various partners to 3D print its product. Any Altergaze customer can customise their HMD with a tool on the company's website. Companies seeking to employ the device as a promotional or functional tool can also create entirely bespoke models to suit their branding.

    For more information on Altergaze, check out the following links: http://www.agvr.co/­ http://www.bloomberg.com/video/...­

    http://www.develop-online.net/i...­

    http://mashable.com/2014/04/11/...­

    2 · June 24

  • Dan Page

    Hi guys, thanks so much for joining. It's been great to see so many interesting folks from such a wide variety of backgrounds join the group over the last couple of weeks.

    I'd like to announce our first confirmed guests, Toxic Games, who'll be along to demo their awesome game Q.U.B.E.

    Q.U.B.E. recently saw a new Director's Cut edition release on Steam complete with support for Oculus Rift. The Toxic Games team will be on-hand to chat about some of the trials and tribulations involved in bringing the game to virtual reality.

    You can find more about Q.U.B.E. at http://qube-game.com/­ or by following @qubegame. To keep track of Toxic Games and keep an eye on http://toxicgames.co.uk/about-t...­ and follow @ToxicGames.

    Cheers!

    1 · June 17

  • Snowcrash

    If we have a reasonable gaming machine available with internet, I could bring Elite Dangerous PB1 and my X52 HOTAS?

    June 6

    • Dan Page

      I've just had a chat with the manager Will about the WiFi. He said it isn't too great but if we can just use it to do as you suggested that'd be great.

      June 6

    • Snowcrash

      We'll give it a damn good try. :-)

      June 6

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