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Avatars and Social VR! High Fidelity's Caitlyn Meeks
This month we will explore Social VR. Virtual Reality once thought of as a solitary experience only has developed into experiences that can be shared between multiple people. Indeed watching someone in a VR headset is not inclusive at the best and extremely dumb looking at the other end of the nerd spectrum. Social VR allows many participants to be in common environments and interact together. Multiplayer Games exist and can be fun for 2. But Social VR allows for interaction at a different level. Anything you could consider doing in a social web app can be done in these Social VR experiences and more. At the heart of these experiences are Avatars. Avatars are the representations of players in these environments as an icon or figure. Participants can choose, design, and buy these representations of themselves in these spaces. Much work goes into creating Avatars and they are the subjects of interesting research. In 2014 Facebook, made a bold move by acquiring Oculus VR for $2 billion. A company that specializes in internet social interaction stepping into VR is not a vanity purchase. The power of Social VR is real and Facebook knows it. We are lucky to have special guests that specialize in Avatars and social virtual reality. Caitlyn Meeks is a Evangelist for High Fidelity. This company has developed an open-source application for building and deploying virtual environments (domains) to desktop and server computers. The virtual domains are designed to be social and interactive. Caitlyn is an accomplished Digital Artist and is prolific in Avatar design. Join and navigate to the Marketplace and use her fun creations for free! Join us for a fun night and possibly leave with a new alter ego!

The Hub Engagement Center

312 Lincoln Street · Santa Cruz, ca

Respond by: 10/11/2018

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    What we're about

    Santa CruzXR, Immersive Mixed Realities, The idea:

    A Meetup to explore the Tech, Content, Disciplines, and Collaboration involved in X Reality (Augmented, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality) for Developers, Students, and Enthusiasts. As a classic Community building style Meetup, everyone is encouraged to contribute as attendee, host, demos, speaker, committee member, or by bringing some chips and salsa.

    Partnering with Santa Cruz Unity User's Group for instructional and fun exercises in VR development.

    Anyone in Santa Cruz interested in the disciplines involved in Virtual and Augmented Reality Presentations, Development, Game Engine Programming, Audio, Digital Art, and Game Design should get involved.

    Anyone interested or already Developing for AR or VR? Help foster a Creative VR Community on the Central Coast by bringing in your works in progress or attend and help beginners.

    Inviting Writers, Historians, Sculptors, and 3D Artists, Photographers, Musicians, Programmers, Film makers Architects, Gamers , and Storytellers to cultivate a Creative Collaborative Learning and Networking Space.

    Join or check back often, Get Involved and help organize!

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