A generation grew up with the promise of virtual reality. Late last year the Gear VR launched to excited consumers (https://www.oculus.com/en-us/gear-vr/) and yesterday Oculus Rift preorders went live (https://shop.oculus.com/en-us/cart/). That faded promise is slowly becoming a reality. And it will change everything.
As we enter 2016, let's celebrate by exploring the latest in VR together!
Kickoff and Intro on the State of VR: 6:30pm - 6:45pm
Demo Stations: 6:30pm - 10pm
Google Cardboard (https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/)
Play with recent Cardboard experiences.
Merge VR Goggles (https://mergevr.com/)
With a sleek design and a comfortable form factor, the Merge VR Goggles are a beautiful intro to the world of mobile virtual reality.
Gear VR (https://www.oculus.com/en-us/gear-vr/)
Try the consumer version of Samsung and Oculus' Gear VR, the portable virtual reality platform powered by your phone.
Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (https://www.oculus.com/dk2/)
As we wait for the consumer version launching this March, be amazed with a completely immersive desktop powered virtual reality experience.
The Chicago-based startup Good Yeti launched their Kickstarter for the VR Card this, a customizable and mailable virtual reality viewer. Let's help this exciting local idea come to life!
Learn More (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1273876656/vr-card)
We will have a variety of virtual reality demos available for everyone to experience. Additionally, we invite VR creators to share their work via a free demo station by contacting us ([masked]).
Block Interval (http://www.blockinterval.com)
The time has come for quality storytelling to emerge in virtual reality. Life of Lon (http://www.lifeoflon.com/) is an emotional 13 chapter journey into space, under the ocean and through time.
InContext Solutions (http://www.incontextsolutions.com/)
Retail and Shopper solutions powered by virtual reality store simulations. Design new concepts, validate them with virtual store research, and share them in real-time with stakeholders and partners.
Phosphor Games (http://phosphorgames.com/blog/)
Since its inception in 2009, Phosphor has been dedicated to creating games that provide players with beautifully whimsical and twisted experiences. Crafting games often injected with personal experience, Phosphor takes pride in the memorable and sharable experiences their games cultivate.
Voyage Virtual Media (http://www.voyagevirtualmedia.com/)
Voyage Virtual Media is a high technology startup specializing in custom tailored virtual reality solutions. Our products include 360 degree live event broadcast, virtual reality games and software for commercial use.
Cubicle Ninjas (http://cubicleninjas.com/vr)
Named by TechCrunch as a leader in the AR/VR space, Cubicle Ninjas are purveyors of fancy virtual experiences. Need a VR app? We can help! (http://cubicleninjas.com/vr)
Food & Beverages
Pizza, sandwiches, and beverages will be served.
UPDATED LOCATION! Coalition Impact (http://coalitionimpact.com/) – 405 W. Superior, Chicago, IL 60654
Due to unforeseen consequences we're swapping to Coalition Impact. The location for is conveniently located 7 blocks North of the Loop. We are excited that this location is easily accessible.
A Chicago VR team member will be available in the lobby to help sign you in.
We look forward to seeing you there!