• DCVR NoVA: Exploring Oculus Quest

    Nova Labs

    There is no doubt the hot topic for VR for Spring 2019 was the release of the Oculus Quest, the premier low cost, portable, 6DOF VR device. Announced on April 30th at Facebook's F8 conference, the Quest had a ship date of May 21st with a $399-$499 price. This makes the DCVR in VA for May the perfect venue to talk about the Quest. And Show off the devices we have purchased. Join us at the latest DCVR NoVA chapter meeting on Tuesday June 4th at 7:00 at Nova Labs in Reston, VA. Several member of the DCVR in VA team have announced they will be bringing their new Oculus Quest devices. We will have a panel discussion (open to anyone who has experience on the device), followed by hands on demo for anyone who wants to try one. This will be an Open Discussion, so please feel encouraged to bring any of your own devices that would help the topic. There is plenty of free parking! Everyone is welcome to come early and have a tour of the facility. AGENDA: 6:30 pm - Informal gathering/tours of Nova Labs 7:00 - 7:15 pm - Intro with Steve Sheets 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm - Open Panel Discussions 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Wrap Up Join us at DCVR in VA. We will meet once a month in a variety of rotating locations. Contact Steve Sheets ([masked]) or Joseph Cathey ([masked]) if you have suggestions for topics, or are interested in presenting.

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  • futureNOW: VR & Architecture with American Institute of Architects

    With the ability to understand scale, depth, and previsualize designs of spaces before they are built, immersive technology has fundamentally changed the design process for architects. Join us for another futureNOW Meetup on VR & Architecture in this joint event DCVR and AIA Northern Virginia Young Architects Forum. We'll be hearing from individuals working in the industry, showcasing real-life applications of XR technology as they relate to architecture, real estate, and much more! Limited demo spots are still available. If you're interested in showcasing your work, please contact Joseph Cathey at [masked] with your name, company, description or links to work, and phone number for consideration.

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  • DCVR NoVA: VR State of the Union

    Nova Labs

    It is hard to keep tracking of the changing environments in the VR community. Come explore what 2019 means for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & Mixed Reality. If you don’t know the difference, you will learn this this and all about the hardware, software and accessories that are available today. Join us at the latest DCVR NoVA chapter meeting on Tuesday March 26 at 7:00 at Nova Labs in Reston, VA. DCVR’s own Steve Sheets will recap the “State of the Union in Virtual Reality” talk he gave at MagFest 2019 (DC”s Computer Music & Gaming festival). Topics that will be coved include: ° Categories of Hardware ° Explanation of Degrees of Freedom & Room Scale ° Differences like Tracking Sensors, Tethered, Haptic, 3D Sound ° Current Available Hardware ° Development tools for VR ° Companies position regarding VR There is plenty of free parking! Everyone is welcome to come early and have a tour of the facility. About Steve Sheets Originally from Silicon Valley, Steve has been embedded in the software industry for over 25 years. As an expert in user interface and design, he started developer desktop applications for companies like Apple and AOL, moved into mobile development, and is now working in the virtual reality and Augment Reality space. He has taught Objective-C & Swift development classes (MoDev, Learning Tree), as well as given talk on variety of developer topics (DC Mac Dev group, Capital One Swift Conference). He is an avid game player, swordsman and an occasional game designer AGENDA: 6:30 pm - Informal gathering 7:00 - 7:15 pm - Intro with Joseph Cathey 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm - Presentation & Questions from Steve Sheets 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Wrap Up Join us at DCVR in VA. We will meet once a month in a variety of rotating locations. Contact Steve Sheets ([masked]) or Joseph Cathey ([masked]) if you have suggestions for topics, or are interested in presenting.

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  • DCVR NoVA: Exploring Magic Leap One

    Nova Labs

    It’s mysterious, it’s unknown, it’s talked about, and now we can finally see one! Come learn about creating spatial computing experiences with mythical unicorn of Virtual Reality: the Magic Leap One! Join us at the latest DCVR NoVA chapter meeting on Tuesday, Feb 19 at 7:00 at Nova Labs in Reston, VA. We are lucky enough to have a local Magic Leap Developer. Jordan Higgins of ByteCubes will talk about his experience working with the Magic Leap One, and demonstrate a real unit. In this workshop we'll learn: ° Magic Leap One specs & capabilities ° How it differs from the Microsoft HoloLens ° Overview of Lumin OS, an operating system designed for spatial computing ° Interaction design fundamentals ° Getting started by developing with the emulator on Mac or PC After this workshop, you'll have a solid understanding of the Magic Leap One and start your journey as a Creator of the Magiverse! There is plenty of free parking! Everyone is welcome to come early and have a tour of the facility. About Jordan Higgins Jordan Higgins leads immersive design at ByteCubed + CHIEF, a creative strategy and technology consulting firm and one of Microsoft's early Mixed Reality agency partners. Jordan works with the public sector, non-profit, and commercial clients to explore real-world applications for augmented, virtual, and mixed reality to change the way we learn, collaborate, and visualize data about the world around us. Previously Jordan worked in user experience and digital strategy in the Department of Defense and the United States Senate. He has a Bachelor's degree in Interaction Design from George Mason University and a Masters degree in Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. Active in the DC UX and design community, Jordan serves as President UXPA DC and is an adjunct professor in the School of Art at George Mason University. AGENDA: 6:30 pm - Informal gathering 7:00 - 7:15 pm - Intro with Steve Sheets 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm - Presentation & Questions from John Nelson 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Wrap Up Join us at DCVR in VA. We will meet once a month in a variety of rotating locations. Contact Steve Sheets ([masked]) or Joseph Cathey ([masked]) if you have suggestions for topics, or are interested in presenting.

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  • futureNOW: Mixed Reality Computing With Jesse Mculloch of Microsoft Hololens

    In 2019, we're excited to kick off a new year of events on immersive computing with our first ever futureNOW panel. At these events, you'll hear about real-world use cases of mixed reality technology, get insight from thought leaders and creators, and discover why immersive technology will continue to grow at an exponential rate. This special joint event is made possible with collaboration from MAVRIC and VR/AR Association DC. Last November, the US government awarded a $480 million dollar contract for sourcing augmented reality headsets for the US military, a signal of just how critical a role mixed reality will play in future communications, logistics and combat support. The headset chosen? None other than Microsoft's Hololens. https://bit.ly/2Q54fNB So what's the hype about? Now's your chance to ask them yourself. Jesse McCulloch is a Mixed Reality Developer Relations Program Manager at Microsoft. Starting as a Mixed Reality Developer in 2016, he built up a strong community around HoloLens and Immersive Headsets, and then joined Microsoft in 2018. This gives him a unique perspective and strong desire to advocate for developers to the internal Microsoft teams, as well as provide a route for feedback to Microsoft. He is often found hanging out in the HoloDevelopers Slack group, and on Twitter trying to keep up with everything going on in this rapidly growing space. AGENDA: 6:30 - Doors Open 7:00 - 7:05 pm - Intro from organizers 7:05 pm - 8:30 pm - Panel Join us every month for DCVR in DC and Northern VA. Contact Joseph Cathey ([masked]) if you have suggestions for topics, or are interested in volunteering. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/dcvirtualreality Join the conversation on Slack https://bit.ly/2JneLsT

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  • DCVR NoVA: An Introduction To 360 Video

    8020 Towers Crescent Dr

    As Bill Gates put it in 1996, “Content is King”. As emerging platforms compete for attention with traditional media, this adage holds even more truth. Creating high quality content can be a tricky area to navigate, and with the explosion of devices that can view 360 movies, everyone wants be able to capture the world around them, and share it in VR. Join us at the December DCVR NoVA chapter meeting for an introduction on how to create 360 videos by our own Joey Cathey of Capitol Interactive. The talk will be held at a new location, Capital One Crescent Towers, 8020 Towers Crescent Dr, 2nd Floor, Tysons Corner, Virginia 22182. Background on 360 video: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/360-degree_video About Joey Cathey Joseph has created VR, AR, and 360 experiences for Discovery Communications, US Postal Service, and AARP. He has lectured on the use cases of virtual reality for numerous events and organizations, as well as on User Experience Design for VR at UMBC and on VR as a tool for public diplomacy at the US State Department. As organizer of the DCVR Meetup, Joseph has organized dozens of events and activities to grow the local VR community into an inclusive collective of nearly 2,000 designers, developers, and filmmakers. Read more about Capitol Interactive at www.capitol-interactive.com AGENDA: 6:30 - Doors Open 7:00 - 7:15 pm - Intro and announcement by Steve Sheets 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm - Presentation & Questions from Joey Cathey Join us at DCVR in NoVA. We will meet once a month in a variety of rotating locations. Contact Steve Sheets ([masked]) or Joseph Cathey ([masked]) if you have suggestions for topics, or are interested in presenting. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/dcvirtualreality Join the conversation on Slack https://bit.ly/2JneLsT

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  • Enter The Mind: Virtual Reality & Psychology

    The Hatchery

    As researchers and psychologists around the world explore virtual reality tools and technology, the field of Psychology has been forever changed with new ways of virtual training, assessment and treatment. At this joint Meetup with VRUXDC, we'll get a first-hand look at how organizations and researchers are using VR to better understand the human mind. Presenters: Brennan Hatton - CTO Equal Reality https://equalreality.com/ Brennan has been building virtual worlds and communities for 10 years, founding his own companies in AR, VR, Game Dev and Edu. After mastering design and development for mobile, web and games, Brennan was scouted by Augmented Reality company Meta to be employee number 7. Together they went through internationally acclaimed tech incubator Y-Combinator. Brennan helped nurture Meta’s vibrant global community of developers and companies in AR innovation, with today’s valuation being in excess of US$300 Million. Dr. Susan Persky Dr. Susan Persky is an associate investigator and head of the Communication, Attitudes and Behavior Unit and directs the Immersive Virtual Environment Testing Area in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch (SBRB), National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), NIH. She earned a B.A. in psychology for Northwestern University. She Earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied at the Research Centers for Virtual Environments and Behavior. After conducting postdoctoral research at Columbia University, she came to the SBRB in 2005. Here, she built and led the Immersive Virtual Environment Testing Area, an immersive virtual reality technology-based experimental research lab within the SBRB. Dr. Persky splits her effort between providing leadership for the Immersive Virtual Environment Testing Area and conducting her programmatic research. Her work investigates the function of new genomic knowledge about common conditions like obesity in interactions between health care providers and patients and in public and online discourse. Dr. Persky has authored many peer reviewed and invited papers on applications of VR for health and medicine. She has lectured on VR and medicine in diverse settings including the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Academies of Math, Science and Technology. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on VR and AR. Agenda 6:30 pm - Doors Open 7:00 - 7:15 pm - Intro from the Organizers 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm - Presentations 8:15 - 8:30 - Questions 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Demos

  • DCVR NoVA: An Introduction To Microsoft Hololens

    Microsoft Store - Tysons Corner Center

    Mixed reality (MR), one of the latest development in VR, is the merging of virtual worlds with the real world. Among others, Microsoft is leading the way with the HoloLens, a mixed reality device that overlays holographic images on top of a users view for training, remote collaboration, and real-time information sharing. Join us at the second DCVR NoVA chapter meeting on for an introduction and demonstration of the HoloLens by Jose Delacruz of Microsoft. Guests will have the opportunity to wear the device and explore. Details of the HoloLens: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/hololens Microsoft explanation of Mixed Reality: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/mixed-reality/mixed-reality Youtube video “Microsoft HoloLens: Mixed Reality in the Modern Workplace”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIJM9xNg9xs Details regarding Microsoft Store, Tysons Corner: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/va/tysons-corner/tysons-corner-center/store-10 About Jose Delacruz Jose is the Game Expert of the Tysons Corner Microsoft Store. He will be joined by other members of the Microsoft team, including Dominique Lopez, Microsoft’s Community Development Specialist AGENDA: 6:30 - Doors Open 7:00 - 7:15 pm - Intro with Joey Cathey and Steve Sheets 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm - Presentation & Questions from Jose Delacruz Join us at DCVR in NoVA. We will meet once a month in a variety of rotating locations. Contact Steve Sheets ([masked]) or Joseph Cathey ([masked]) if you have suggestions for topics, or are interested in presenting. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/dcvirtualreality Join the conversation on Slack https://bit.ly/2JneLsT

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  • International VR Day in DC

    The Hatchery

    Join us as we celebrate the second annual global VR Day in Washington, DC! Featuring demos, lightning talks, VR games, and music, this event is the perfect way to learn all that VR and AR have to offer! Not sure where to start with immersive experiences or just looking to try the latest tech? Come on out and try it all! Ask questions. Meet the local VR/AR community, and most importantly, have fun! Cost: Free - but space is limited, so make sure to sign up to guarantee your spot! **Please RSVP using the Eventbrite link below** https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-reality-day-18-washington-dc-tickets-48657232091 A limited number of demo spots are available. Email Joey Cathey at [masked] if you're interested in presenting!

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  • DCVR NoVA Chapter Kickoff: Creating Compelling AR Experiences With ARKit

    Since its introduction last year, Apple’s ARKit has become an indispensable tool in the belt of many AR developers, laying the groundwork for creating some of the most significant mobile AR applications we’ve seen to date. Join us at the first DCVR NoVA chapter meeting on Oct 22 at 7:00 at Nova Labs in Reston, VA. for a special ARKit development breakout session and hear from a longtime Apple Developer John Nelson as he breaks down the features of Apple’s ARKit API and Apple’s SwiftShot AR demo game. Guest will have the opportunity to play the AR slingshot game Apple presented at this year's World Wide Developer Conference on a loaner device or can bring their iOS device. (iPad works best). There is plenty of free parking! Everyone is welcome to come early and have a tour of the facility. Details of Apple’s ARKit: https://developer.apple.com/arkit/ Learn more about the Swift Shot game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO4-KCLg6OA WWDC 2018 Video on ARKit 2: https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2018/602/ About John Nelson John is a computer scientist with over 37 years of professional experience and President of Computation.com Inc., a small IT consulting company. His M.S. thesis project takes a genetic algorithm approach to lattice-based protein-folding. Current projects include applications In machine learning / AI, virtual reality, game design (using Unity and popular game engines), and macOS and iOS development (using Metal, SceneKit and ARKit). John is a long-time gamer, photographer and media hobbyist. AGENDA: 6:30 pm - Doors Open, early Demonstration of Swift Shot AR 7:00 - 7:15 pm - Intro from Steve Sheets and Joseph Cathey 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm - Presentation & Questions from John Nelson 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Wrap Up (informal game play & continued discussion on ARKIt development) Join us at DCVR in VA. We will meet once a month in a variety of rotating locations. Contact Steve Sheets ([masked]) or Joseph Cathey ([masked]) if you have suggestions for topics, or are interested in presenting.

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