As virtual reality enters its second year as a consumer technology, two critical questions still need answers:
- How do we ensure that the virtual world is interconnected and accessible to all?
- How do we use this technology to improve people's lives?
At this month's meetup, our presenters will try to answer these important questions.
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First, we'll hear from Yuval Boger, the CEO of Sensics (http://sensics.com/), on their work to create a universal VR standard. A VR standards working group, called OpenXR (https://www.khronos.org/openxr), has recently been formed as part of the Khronos Group. This working group has participation from industry leaders including Intel, Epic, Google, Oculus, Valve, Samsung, Sensics. This presentation will present the goals and structure of this standard. Separately, Yuval will also update on VR commerce platforms and potential ways to monetize VR.
Yuval (“VRguy”) joined Sensics in 2006 to help take VR from the lab to the market. Nearly a decade later, he brings his unique technical and market expertise to work with consumer electronics, industrial and academic leaders to help them shape the art of the possible in VR. He is a key architect of OSVR, the open-source virtual reality initiative, and a member of the OpenXR standards working group. Yuval often shares thoughts about VR technology and the VR market at his popular blog (http://www.vrguy.net/).
Next, we'll hear from Jeff Aronowitz of Virtufy Consulting (http://virtufy.me/). Exciting technologies such as digital fabrication, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, and 3D scanning are becoming more affordable and accessible than ever. In his talk, Jeff will discuss various examples of educational programming he has developed around these technologies, explore the symbiotic relationship of 3D printing and virtual technologies and discuss the implications of content creation on the future of VR. Attendees will also have the opportunity to be 3D scanned and receive a free file of the scan following the presentation.
Jeff Aronowitz is the Director of Public Programs at the Valentine and a student at Virginia Commonwealth University finishing a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Instructional Technology. He has worked in education for over 15 years, integrating emerging technologies into innovative, interactive programming and consulting with educational institutions to help them develop successful digital strategies. Currently, Jeff is exploring the symbiotic relationship of virtual technologies and digital fabrication and how to incorporate the “maker mentality” into curriculum design.
6:30: Doors open / networking
7:00: Intro from the organizers
7:15: Presentation by Yuval Boger of Sensics
8:00: Presentation by Jeff Aronowitz of Virtufy Consulting