History demonstrates that communication methods change society. Inventions like the printing press, the telephone, the world wide web, and mobile computing have all brought massive shifts in the way people live, work, and learn. With spatial computing and XR technology, we're on the verge of the next evolution in human communication, where the rectangular screens people have been staring at for the last 40 years are being transformed. Augmented Reality is already starting to place digital information in the context of the physical world that surrounds us. Virtual Reality allows people to be fully immersed into graphic environments. We can now control digital objects by speaking, gesturing, or even reaching out and grabbing just like we would with physical objects. Come learn about where immersive technology is now and where it's headed through 2019 and beyond.
Thank you to 1871 for hosting us. For this special session of VR/AR Chicago, the format is going to be a little different. We'll be presenting an overview of the current state of VR and AR technology, the hardware, the software, the current adoption by consumers and industry, and even the latest news coming out of CES. We'll then open it up for Q&A, and as always we'll have networking time, and hands on demonstrations of VR and AR hardware for audience members to try.
What's The Format:
We start with informal networking and technology demonstrations, then host a presentation on the current state of immersive technology, followed by discussion to answer audience questions. We will end with more networking and technology demonstrations. This MeetUp is about you, our members. Come and try some new technology, get your questions answered, and take your next step in XR Technology.
5:30-6:00 - Demos and Networking
6:00-6:15 - Introductions.
6:15-7:00 - Featured Presentation
7:00-7:30 - Q&A Discussion
7:30-8:15 - Networking & Demos
8:15-8:30 - Cleanup and Good Bye
Matt Wren - BundlAR & VRARA Chicago
Gareth Davies - BUNDLAR
Keisha Howard - HTC / BlazeBreakers / SugarGamers
August Wasilowski - LiveCGI
Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset
(more to come...)
Check in takes place via EventBrite, so please make sure to get a ticket using the EventBrite link above. If we reach capacity, ticketed guests on the EventBrite list will be given priority access.
Thanks to Our Sponsors:
1871 Chicago (www.1871.com)
VR/AR Association (www.thevrara.com/chicago)