Past Meetup

Chicago VR Meetup - May 2016 (#12)

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Coalition Impact

405 W. Superior · Chicago, IL

How to find us

Visit the Third Floor to find us.

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Details

It is finally here!

Consumer virtual reality has arrived, with the Gear VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift all now available. Which is the best? What games or apps are the most fun? And does it really live up to the hype?

Now is your chance to find out! Play with all among friends, for an evening of fun and celebration.

Gameplan

6:00 PM - 6:10 PM
Welcome from John and Josh!

6:10 PM - 6:30 PM
30 second intros - Attendees have a option to introduce themselves and their personal or business interest in VR in a quick manner.

6:30 PM
Talks begin! These will be in a side room so demos can continue.

6:30 PM - 10 PM
Demo Stations - This is where you get to really experience what it feels like to be in modern virtual reality. Enjoy exclusive content created by leaders within our very own community!

Talks

Local VR experts share their ideas with the community:

Building Gear VR Apps by Matthew Harris of Shovel Tools Inc (http://www.shoveltools.com/)

The Infinite Feedback Loop: Biometrics in VR by Josh Farkas of Cubicle Ninjas (http://cubicleninjas.com/)

Times and additional speakers to come!

Demo Stations

PlayStation VR (https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/playstation-vr/)
Latest release: Fall 2016
Cost: $499
Controller: Dual Shock or Move Controllers
Demo Stations: 1
Discover a new world of unexpected gaming experiences with PlayStation VR.

HTC Vive (https://www.htcvive.com/us/)
Latest release: April 2016
Cost: $799
Controller: Two Wireless Controllers
Demo Stations: 3
Experience the power of 'room scale' VR and increased interactivity of the wireless controllers of the HTC Vive.

Oculus Rift (https://www.oculus.com/en-us/rift/)
Latest release: March 2016
Cost: $599
Controller: Xbox 360 controller and Remote
Demo Stations: 2
Try the consumer release of the VR headset that started it all.

Gear VR (https://www.oculus.com/en-us/gear-vr/)
Latest release: November 2015
Cost: $99
Controller: Touch Pad
Demo Stations: 4
Enjoy the Samsung Gear VR, the portable virtual reality platform powered by Samsung 2015 - 2016 phones.

Owners of HTC Vives or Oculus Rifts are invited to bring their HMDs and computers to share your favorite VR apps with others.

Experiences

We will have a variety of virtual reality demos available for everyone to experience on all platforms.

Additionally, we invite VR creators to share their work via a free demo station by contacting us. ([masked])

Creators

*Mystery Crew*
A secret team is debuting their new HTC Vive game here for public feedback.

Block Interval (http://www.blockinterval.com/welcome/#about-life-of-lon)
Experience the Life of Lon. Learn more about their journey through this latest blog post detailing their creative process. (http://www.blockinterval.com/project-updates/2016/1/25/creating-a-vr-cockpit-what-we-learned)

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. They'll be showing off their newly released virtual reality relaxation app Guided Meditation VR (http://guidedmeditationvr.com/) on the Gear VR.

Frame Interactive (http://headmastergame.com/)

Headmaster is a VR game where you physically head virtual footballs and other odd things. You have been banished to The Football Improvement Center for below standard performance at your club. To work your way back you'll head footballs in the many varied challenges of "Heading Re-education", and just when it can't get any weirder... it gets normal. And then weird again.

Voyage Virtual Media (http://www.voyagevirtualmedia.com/)

Voyage Virtual Media is a high technology startup specializing in custom tailored virtual reality solutions. They'll be showing: Fortune Before Glory (http://www.fortunebeforeglory.com/), an action-puzzle style game specifically designed for virtual reality and the HTC Vive. Combining a mix of combat and strategy, this thrilling first-person shooter takes gamers into the life of Raymond James, an ex-spy trying to uncover his mysterious past life.

Parking
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Cost
The low cost of FREE.

Food & Beverages

Pizza and beverages will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!