• Non-Gaming XR #17: Eye-Tracking & Immersive Tech - Hardware, Content & Ethics

    Eye-Tracking technology within VR/AR headsets is a breakthrough innovation enabling next-generations applications. Non-GamingXR is proud to bring you an opportunity to test this groundbreaking immersive technology and interact with our distinguished speakers about the future of VR/AR technology as it relates to eye-tracking! Join us at our 17th meetup as we welcome a host of speakers who will discuss the broad usages of eye-tracking in immersive technology. From hardware, content and ethical implications, we will be covering a wide spectrum of innovation with real-world applications. TICKETS HERE: https://bit.ly/2NZ6LEx SPEAKERS Cory Corvus - HTC Vive ProEye Cory Corvus is a Developer Relations Engineer at HTC VIVE and has degrees in Psychology and Computer Science with a game programming specialization. He has been developing in virtual reality for over five years and has experience with desktop and mobile VR including eye tracking. Cory will explain how eye tracking works with the new Vive Pro Eye and how to do Foveated Rendering with Nvidia VRS (Variable Rate Shading). Cory will review features of the Vive Pro Eye, getting started developing eye tracking, and Dynamic Foveated Rendering with NVIDIA VRS. Pierre-Yves Laffont - Lemnis Technologies Pierre-Yves is the Co-founder and CEO of Lemnis Technologies, a company tackling sensory conflicts that cause negative side effects, including dizziness, nausea, and eye strain in VR. After two years of development, the computer vision scientists and engineers at Lemnis Technologies have developed an accurate eye tracker which is calibrated only once per user. This significantly lowers the barrier of entry to eye tracking in a professional setting, with no recalibration needed when repositioning the headset or after taking it off. Daniel Beeler - SyncThink Dan joined SyncThink in 2010 and serves as CTO. His background is in Astrophysics and was recruited into SyncThink for expertise in image analysis. Dan is an inventor on three eye tracking patents. He led the technology development and regulatory effort for EYE-SYNC, SyncThink's first medical device. Dan has worked closely with Dr. Jam Ghajar, Stanford University, and the Brain Trauma Foundation to deliver their clinical innovations to users in need. The SyncThink platform is a VR based eye tracking system that can assess brain health and improve visual performance. The platform provides a battery of assessments that can be used to rapidly detect visual impairments occurring with the ocularmotor and oculo-vestibular systems. DEMOS Cognitive3D will demo eye-tracking data captured from the Vive Pro Eye, including gaze data and fixations on their 3D data visualization tool, SceneExplorer. Additional tools for aggregate object engagement will be demonstrated. They will explore how using smooth pursuit in 3D engines has enabled accurate object engagement data. Use cases will include market research as well as training and simulation.

  • Beauty of Volumetric Video - With Filmologic

    Microsoft Reactor

    Volumetric video provides all the micro-nuances of performance and muscle movement giving the viewer a sense of presence, but what if that performer could interact with the viewer, track their location in space, and talk directly to them? Ewan Johnson from Arcturus studio will talk about his recent project with Santander Bank and how they solved technical challenges of volumetric capture using the volumetric video post-production platform, HoloSuite. ********************************************** Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-beauty-of-volumetric-video-tickets-60000383763 ********************************************** Agenda 6:30 PM - Doors open, mingling, and networking 7:00 PM - Meetup kickoff & introductions 7:15 PM - Talk 8:00 PM - Audience Q/A Speakers Ewan Johnson is the Chief Creative Officer at Arcturus Ewan Johnson leads the creative output of Arcturus, an XR studio he co-founded in 2016. He drives the creation of compelling and engaging experiences across all aspects of creation and the new technology needed to get there. Specifically, Ewan is focused on our continuing development of HoloSuite, the only capture agnostic post-production platform designed specifically for the editing and playback of the volumetric video. Ewan applies his extensive experience as a digital cinematographer to the creation of AR/VR worlds. Starting with Toy Story, he formed and designed Pixar's cinematography department. He led creative on the cinematography for A Bug's Life, Monster's Inc., Toy Story 2 and a slew of other Pixar films. He joined Dreamworks Animation in a similar capacity for the Madagascar films, How to Train your Dragon and others. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for both creative design and pipeline development. Steve Sullivan is currently GM for the Mixed Reality Capture Studios at Microsoft. Based in San Francisco, with partner stages in Los Angeles and London, the studios create a volumetric video of real people and performances for immersive headsets, mobile AR, and traditional 2D experiences. Prior to joining Microsoft, Steve was Senior Technology Officer for ILM/Lucasfilm. He led R&D across the Lucas Divisions, advancing the state of the art in content creation tech for film, TV, and games. He contributed to over 70 films and received three Academy Awards for Technology. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and recently served 6 years on the Academy's Science and Technology Council. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with an emphasis on multi-view reconstructions. Michelle Excell is the lead consultant and founder of the Antipodean Collective, a hybrid consultancy, and production company. On the consulting side, Michelle and specialist partners advise brands and agencies on how to navigate new technology landscapes and build strong ‘innovation roadmaps’. On the production side, The Antipodean brings together a collective of the world’s leading innovation and experiential production partners specializing in AR, VR, IOT and creative services. VISYON is an award-winning production company whose mission is empowering innovation through emerging technologies and creative solutions, such as VR, AR, Holograms and AI. They believe that the effective use of emerging technologies we can enhance our physical existence and bring positive change to society through innovation in healthcare, education, and environment. Food and drinks are provided There is limited availability, please, RSVP early! Interested in volunteering? If you are eager to learn, help, and contribute to the community please complete the following form and we will consider for future programs (spots are filling up fast): Volunteer Sign Up Form (https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fairtable.com%2FshrFbVEV5cfbmDvxI%3Fprefill_Type%3DVolunteer&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNHnYVYPCs7urE6rlvXMxOcTTtImPg)

  • NGVR #16: Architecture, Engineering and Construction in XR

    Join us at our next Non-Gaming XR meetup for presentations, discussion, demos, and networking centered around exploring how immersive technologies are being applied to the construction, architecture and engineering industries. During the presentations, we'll learn from leading companies as they share best enterprise use cases and share how VR/AR above other technologies are providing the best solutions for the growing needs of the AEC market. **Tickets are required for entry. Please purchase tickets here:** https://bit.ly/2v9xbHF SPEAKERS LORI-LEE ELLIOTT, INEIGHT Lori-Lee is an innovation and technology strategist with a focus on how immersive technology can improve the way we live, work and learn. She has worked on large scale construction projects around the world and is currently based out of Houston, Texas. Lori-Lee works with InEight to form strategic partnerships and make technology solutions available to the construction market. Lori-Lee is also a founding partner at Future Sight AR and a committee member at Startherenow.org, one of the largest women’s start-up competitions in the world. DAMON HERNANDEZ, SAMUNG RESEARCH OF AMERICA, AEC HACKATHON Damon works in many areas of the Web3D Industry and has been active in virtual environments and the 3D web for almost 20 years. He is currently at Samsung Research America making the web browsing experience awesome and enhanced with immersive web technologies. He is also a co-founder of IDEAbuilder, a high tech building company that uses immersive technologies and robotic manufacturing to build more efficiently. As founding team member of the Augmented Reality Developer Camps, VR Hackathon, and founder of the AEC Hackathon, he is actively working to help grow the use of innovative technologies. BART DENNY, CO-FOUNDER @ SPATIALFIRST Bart has 18 years of entrepreneurial experience at the intersection of maps, mobile devices and local services. He's founder of three companies, most recently SpatialFirst; in between startups he spent time building partnerships for Google Maps. BEN HOLFED, ACCENTURE Ben brings business and technology innovation to clients of Accenture. Currently his main focus areas are Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence for which he is working on innovative showcases and demos (that's how he got the nick name: "Dr.Demo") He holds a Master of Science in Applied Physics from University of Texas at Austin, as well as an MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris, France. DEMOS DAVE ALPERT, CEO @ GEOPOGO 3D made simple. Geopogo develops faster and easier 3D design software to revolutionize the design process and expand the 3D market to embrace many more creators. Designers can import 3D construction drawing models from Autodesk Revit to rapidly add lighting, furniture, finish materials, colors, and particle effects on PC and in VR. Design-from-scratch option coming soon! GABRIELE SORRENTO, CEO @ MindDesk VR Mindesk is the first VR platform natively integrated with CAD software. Designers can review, edit, create 3D models as well as collaborate with teammates & engage with customers. It works with Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, SolidWorks and soon will support Unreal Editor, for a photorealistic 3D modeling experience. Mindesk is a transversal tool that can help to manage complex design, have more inclusive and effective design review sessions, reverse engineer a points cloud scan, create organic shapes, all without leaving the designer's current CAD solution, TONY VALDERRAMA, CTO @ CLARVOYANT Clarvoyant is commercializing a suite of multi-platform, AR/VR compatible, instant holographic prototyping and collaboration tools originally built at NASA / JPL to enable early-stage spacecraft design. We're democratizing access to 3D designs and data, because you make better products when your entire team - engineers, customers, operators, salespeople, mechanics, executives, designers - can participate in and benefit from the creative process.

  • NGVR #15: Workforce Training & Eliminating Social Bias through VR

    Join us at our next Non-Gaming XR meetup for presentations, discussion, demos, and networking centered around exploring how immersive technologies are being applied to workforce training and social bias. **Tickets are required for entry. Please purchase tickets here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ngvr-15-workforce-training-eliminating-social-bias-through-vr-tickets-51179811193 SPEAKERS Neilda Pacquing is the Founder & CEO of MindGlow Labs, a company with a mission to increase corporate and retail employees' levels of job confidence and safety levels using Virtual Reality, starting with active shooter preparation training. She is also a Facebook Oculus Launchpad Fellow and XR Studio Fellow (Supported by Mozilla) where she produced EmpowHER VR: Self Defense Training for Women. Previously, Neilda served as VP, Mobile Interaction Designer and Sr. UI/UX Designer for Bank of America and Sephora. There she worked with innovation, UX, and product design teams bring digital products to market. Morgan Mercer is a product-enthusiast and idealist who founded the Virtual Reality immersive training company Vantage Point in 2017. Prior to founding Vantage Point, she concurrently served as the Head of Digital for an e-commerce startup and an Analyst for a digital agency where she has worked on high-profile contracts focused on attitude change and behavior change within the domain of complex social issues.

  • NGVR #14: Fulfilling the Potential of XR in Education

    Over the last 10 years academia has been unprecedented change, with the advent of online courses taking an important place in society. With the rise of immersive technology, companies are working hard to transform the way educational institutions, individuals and companies learn and teach people. Join us at our next Non-Gaming XR meetup for presentations, discussion, demos, and networking centered around exploring how immersive technologies are being applied to how we learn. **Tickets are required for entry. Please purchase tickets here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ngvr-14-fulfilling-the-potential-of-vr-in-education-tickets-48679694276** SPEAKERS: MADDIE CALLANDER is Director of Operations at Boost VC, the Virtual Reality & Blockchain accelerator and pre-seed fund in Silicon Valley, co-founded by Adam Draper & Brayton Williams. With a portfolio of 250+ emerging tech companies, Boost VC is making Sci-Fi a reality! AZINE DAVOUDZADEH is a dynamic educator, creator and thought leader. She has been teaching for over a decade and is the founder of XR EDU. She has been researching and using VR in her classroom since 2016 and has taught intro to VR classes for the Imagineering Program in San Ramon. Her recent venture, XR EDU, is dedicated to creating XR tools for the classroom as well as producing unique EdTech events to unite educators and technologists. She previously led the group Ed Tech Connect, which produced several EdTech events in the SF Bay Area. GREG MEYERS is CEO and Co-Founder of ForgeFX Simulations, a software development company in San Francisco that specializes in the development of custom 3D training simulations. Greg has been overseeing the development of software applications for more than 20 years, working on everything from simulation-based training programs, to video games, to internet applications. Currently ForgeFX is experiencing a high demand for virtual reality based training simulators, which allow for a considerably higher degree of immersion, interactivity and suspension of disbelief. TOM IMPALLOMENI - Co-Founder & CEO, TribeVR is CEO and co-founder of Tribe XR, the Immersive Skills Training platform. Tom is an experienced startup founder and operator, having built and co-founded various high growth tech startups including SuperAwesome. Tribe XR is the immersive skills training platform. Tribe harnesses VR and AR to enable students to learn skills for the real world, giving them the skills to succeed. MARK ANDERSEN - Co-Founder and President, LifeLiqe Mark Andersen is the Co-founder and President of Lifeliqe, an education platform for students to learn visually in digital 3D. Lifeliqe's platform distributes the world's largest digital Science library available in interactive 3D models, augmented reality, virtual reality on HTC Vive and mixed reality on Microsoft HoloLens. Mark focuses on expanding Lifeliqe's learning experiences into schools and libraries. **Tickets are required for entry. Please purchase tickets here -https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ngvr-14-fulfilling-the-potential-of-vr-in-education-tickets-48679694276**

  • NGVR #13: Medical XR - The Future of Healthcare using Immersive Technology

    With analysts predicting markets for VR, AR, and MR in healthcare to reach an estimated market value up to $10 billion by 2023, it's time we at Non-Gaming VR take a look at some of the local companies playing key roles in the intersection of health and emergent technologies. Join us at the Microsoft Reactor for a panel discussion, demos, and networking centered around exploring how immersive technologies are being applied to treat addictions, anxiety, depression, pain, PTSD, and more. **Tickets are required for entry. Please purchase tickets here - https://bit.ly/2sQX4uI** We're happy to announce the following attendees participating in our panel: John Spinale, General Partner, JAZZ Venture Partners John brings a deep understanding of creating innovative consumer experiences, building brands and leveraging new and emerging platforms to JAZZ Ventures. He is a proven leader in consumer technology and digital media with a career spanning nearly 20 years of building, scaling and running high-growth companies of all sizes, from initial seed through to late stage operation. He's currently an investor and active advisor to many early-stage companies, in areas ranging from virtual reality platforms and content publishers to digital health apps for diagnosing and treating cognitive conditions like ADHD. Roshan Sriram, Founder/CEO of MyndScape Roshan started working on MyndScape as a senior at Carnegie Mellon University. After returning from a spiritual journey from the Himalayas, he became entrenched in the CMU culture of tech and innovation. Conversations with several students and professors sparked a creative inspiration that helped him envision a product that combines a nexus of cutting edge technologies to facilitate mind development. Roshan's final year focused on a self study immersion program where he partnered with faculty advisors to further develop and build a prototype to showcase to investors and potential partners. Lincoln Nguyen, Founder/CEO of Karuna Labs Lincoln is a serial digital health entrepreneur having started one of the first online health records companies. He has spent a decade in software development having worked in bioinformatics, neuroscience, and high throughout data systems at Cisco. Dr. Bruce Daniel MD, Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering, Stanford After graduating from Harvard Medical School (1990) and completing his Residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Michigan (1995), Dr. Daniel has been at Stanford where his clinical and research focus has been on Magnetic Resonance imaging for breast cancer and for guiding procedures. He became involved in MR and started a collaboration with the Analog group at Microsoft to develop MR to plan and, hopefully one day, guide surgery for breast cancer. His team’s work on MR breast conserving surgery has won awards at the 2017 and the 2018 international society for magnetic resonance in medicine and was featured in the “AR 4 Good” workshop at ISAMR 2017. Dr. Daniel is currently co-director of IMMERS, a new Incubator for Medical Mixed and Extended Reality at Stanford. Lisa Padilla, Founder/CEO, NewPathVR NewPathVR specializes in personal development and emotional intelligence applications focused on anxiety and depression. Lisa founded the company out of personal exposure to mental health and medical situation and is dedicated to making those experiences easier for clinicians, patients, and loved ones alike. A 25+-year marketer and advertising professional, Lisa has worked in a wide variety of industries and is strongly focused on multimedia, marketing, and product strategy. She studied multimedia at Academy of Art, worked on Apple's first social network called eWorld, and worked at AOL overseeing sponsorship and advertising programs. She is also a Tilt Brush artist who's works have been featured in books and art shows. **Tickets are required for entry. Please purchase tickets here - https://bit.ly/2sQX4uI**

  • NGVR Meet-up #12 - Hardware Happy Hour

    2018 has been an exciting year for VR hardware announcements and debuts! Join us Tuesday, May 8th at the Vive Headquarters as we demo some of the latest and greatest hardware that's arrived in the recent months. Demos needed! please sign-up here Volunteers needed! Please sign-up here Tickets here: https://bit.ly/2jcSnpT

  • NGVR Meetup #11: Content Creation for Non-Gaming VR

    Google Launchpad

    Over the past few years, we've learned a great deal about creating high-quality gaming content in VR but how does this relate and compare to content creation for non-gaming solutions such as enterprise, healthcare, education, and cinematic VR? Join us for the 11th edition of Non-Gaming VR, where several leading speakers and creators will discuss the fundamental changes to the process of content creation in VR. Gain insight on available and preferred platforms, tools, and features, as well as enhancements and pain points of content creation workflow. There will be demos and conversation focused on all things creation at our 11th Non-Gaming VR meet-up. Purchase Tickets Here: http://bit.ly/2fbKm2Q Speakers Include: -Kelly Schaefer, Product Manager at Google -Joanna Kim, Product Manager at Google -Dan Miller, AR/VR Evangelist at Unity Technologies -Nathan Rowe, Founder of SculptrVR -Harold Dumur, CEO at OvaX Demos needed! please sign-up here (https://goo.gl/forms/xkE4rR9WxfA0Yumi2) Volunteers needed! Please sign-up here Agenda for the Evening 6:30-7:00pm Doors open, demos, and networking 7:00-8:00pm Talks from VR/AR content creation companies 8:00-9:00pm More demos and networking Kelly Schaefer Kelly Schaefer is a Product Manager at Google, where she is the PM for Photos VR and Daydream Labs, Google's AR & VR prototyping team. Prior to working at Google, she was a Design Lead at IDEO, where she did everything from prototype a virtual reality physical therapy experience to launch a company that helps the working poor improve access to job opportunities. Kelly has also worked at African Leadership Academy, Bain & Company, and started two companies. She graduated from UPenn and Harvard Business School. Joanna Kim Joanna Kim is the Product Manager for Google's geo-based virtual reality apps, Google Earth VR and Street View VR. Prior to Daydream, she served as a Product Manager at Google Fiber where she worked to bring gigabit speed Internet to the masses. Outside of Google Joanna started a social venture called Bamboo Lota that worked to alleviate deforestation and create sustainable livelihoods for rural Malawians. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on International Human Rights. Dan Miller Dan Miller is an AR / VR evangelist at Unity Technologies. He has been working in game development for several years as a developer with a recent focus in VR. He's excited to help others explore the forefront of new and emergent technologies and the many unique opportunities they present. Nathan Rowe Nathan Rowe is the founder of SculptrVR, a company working to build the best sculpting experience on every VR platform. Nathan's educational background is in pure mathematics, and he's spent the better part of the last decade building computational 3D software. At SculptrVR Nathan has finally learned to stop worrying and love the octree. Harold Dumur Harold Dumur is co-founder and CEO of OvaX, which produces AR and VR products and content through their StellarX platform. StellarX enables the creation of virtual immersive environments by integrating 3D virtual and augmented reality animations and simulations into an inspiring immersive environment.