SouthWest Virtual Reality Meetup #1

  • July 29 · 7:00 PM
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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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  • James J.

    Can't make it anymore. Really gutted but not going to be able to get away from work. Enjoy it, everyone.

    July 28

    • Dan P.

      Shame you couldn't make it, we had a lot of fun

      August 1

  • WormSlayer

    Great, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves!

    2 · July 31

  • Hashim Khalid Y.

    Damn, I'm not beautiful enough to get photo'd :D

    July 31

  • Dave

    Pretty sweet

    July 30

  • Ben C.

    Had a great time, good to meet other VR developers, share some knowledge and to play some games!

    July 30

  • Max P.

    Great meetup. Great demos. Great to meet so many people interested in VR or actively developing. Thanks to Dan and the guys for setting this up.

    2 · July 30

    • Dan P.

      Biggest thanks for loaning us your DK2 you absolute diamond of a chap! Lovely to meet you :)

      July 30

    • Max P.

      Good thing is the meetup has made me itch to code for VR...

      1 · July 30

  • Nick P.

    Was awesome to meet everyone there!

    4 · July 30

    • Dan P.

      Lovely to meet you Nick, thanks so much for coming down. You made my friend Maddy very happy. I like your beard.

      1 · July 30

  • Alix

    Was really nice to meet everyone :) Great night!

    2 · July 30

  • SamW

    Great night Dan & co. Good job well done :)

    Blatant plug time: We have three days left on our kickstarter. Pledge your support and get the game for Windows, Mac, Linux AND PS4, for £20+ and receive platinum ship in-game for full release to show off your early support! Http://bit.ly/rgkick

    2 · July 30

    • Dan P.

      Thanks for coming Sam! EVERYBODY ELSE: YOU'VE HAD A GO, NOW PLEDGE FOR THIS FANTASTIC GAME!

      1 · July 30

  • Harvey W.

    Cheers guys for making this happen. Awesome night.

    1 · July 30

    • Dan P.

      Thank you and thanks for coming!

      July 30

  • rbdzero

    Great, couldn't have been better IMO it was very wide ranging.

    2 · July 30

    • Dan P.

      Thanks! Nice to meet you good sir!

      July 30

  • Nick C.

    Well done, Dan. Great evening. A blast! Fantastic content and great people.

    2 · July 29

    • Dan P.

      Thanks! Glad you had a good time, thanks for coming :)

      July 30

  • Carina M.

    Great night, thanks! :)

    3 · July 29

    • Dan P.

      Thanks for coming Carina, lovely to meet you :)

      July 30

  • Dan P.

    Thanks soooo much to everyone who came along, helped out, loaned equipment and made it such a great event. It was lovely to meet so many of you in person. Hope you had a blast. Keep your ears to the ground for the next one, find us on Facebook and follow us at @SouthWestVR. If I didn't get the chance to talk to you, do feel free to hit me up through here or at [masked] . We barely had chance to show off our own demo but watch this space as Salvaged VR is coming!

    See you next time!

    1 · July 30

  • Lukas R.

    Really fun and it was great to see the local VR community

    1 · July 30

  • James E.

    Thanks for a great night. Fantastic content and its creators to see. Not so thanks for making me buy a DK2 :p

    2 · July 30

  • Hashim Khalid Y.

    Sorry I had to shoot off early, but thanks for an awesome event. Looking forward to the next one. I'll bring something along with me next time.

    1 · July 29

  • Alexandre

    Hey Dan, Liviu from Altergaze and I will be a bit late. Should be here in 45 minutes.

    July 29

  • Matt G.

    Hey guys, Totally last minute I can't make it (can't get back in time due to transport fail). Sorry its last minute but flagging here so hopefully someone can use my space. Matt

    July 29

  • John B.

    Aargh - my DK2 arrived today but due to unavoidable circumstances I'm not going to be able to make it tomorrow... :-(
    I'll free up my spot for someone else.
    Have fun - see you next time...

    July 28

  • Ben H.

    My +1 has also just dropped out, so there is another space.

    July 28

    • Hugo H.

      I'm looking for a spot if that +1 is still free.

      July 28

    • Dan P.

      I'm removing plus ones that can't make it so meetup distributes the places fairly.

      July 28

  • Dan P.

    Only one more day to go! If you're bringing equipment can you please arrive as early as possible, we'll be there from the afternoon setting up. Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow :)

    July 28

    • Carina M.

      Would you like as many rifts as possible, or are you fine for DK1's?

      July 28

    • Dan P.

      Hi Carina, thanks a lot for offering but I don't think we can actually fit any more into the room!

      1 · July 28

  • Stuart G.

    My +1 can no longer attend tomorrow night so if anyone on the Wait List wants to come then just let me know!

    July 28

    • Stuart G.

      Hi Nick. As you were first to respond, you can have my +1 spot! I didn't need to specify a name just a +1 option so I won't amend my RSVP status! See you there!

      July 28

    • Nick C.

      Cheers, mate! See you there.

      July 28

  • Dan P.

    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!

    1 · July 25

    • Stuart G.

      Hey Dan. We've got an exciting announcement to make this week so we'd like to be able to share that news first at the event tomorrow night! How best can we do that?

      July 28

    • Max P.

      My DK2 has just turned up!

      2 · July 28

  • Snowcrash

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

    July 17

    • Snowcrash

      Can't make it house renovation sucking up all my time. Changed my RSVP hope whoever gets the slot enjoys themselves. :-)

      July 26

    • WormSlayer

      Thats too bad, I was looking forward to trying Elite on a DK2 XD

      July 26

  • 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

    July 24

    • Dan P.

      Just don't tell anyone.

      July 24

    • Dan P.

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

      July 24

  • Mark G.

    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

    July 24

    • Dan P.

      Should be done!

      July 24

    • Mark G.

      ah ok, thanks!

      July 24

  • Dan P.

    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

    July 23

  • Dan P.

    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 · July 22

  • 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

      July 21

    • WormSlayer

      Great, see you there :D

      July 21

  • Dan P.

    July 21

  • David H.

    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 P.

      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 P.

      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 M.

    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 W.

      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 P.

      Cheers Duncan!

      July 17

  • Harvey W.

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

    July 17

  • Dan P.

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

    1 · July 4

    • Dan P.

      "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 P.

    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 P.

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

    July 4

  • Max P.

    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 B.

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

      July 2

    • Max P.

      I'm about position 200.

      July 4

  • Dan P.

    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

    • WormSlayer

      Hah no, Callum is a fellow Brit, and the *EU* Developer Relations Manager :)

      June 26

    • Nathan W.

      Ooh, forgot that they had those now :D

      June 29

  • Dan P.

    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 P.

    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 P.

      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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