Virtual + Augmented Reality & Peripherals 2016 - Toronto

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Hello Reality Engineers - first of all Happy Holidays! What a terrific year 2015 was for virtual and augmented reality!

VRTO Meetup January 14th, 2016

Date: Jan. 14th, 2016
545 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario

VRTO is pleased to host two very special presentations. The first looks at the theme of Natural Virtual Reality Interfaces: Keeping a strong immersion & sense of presence

Dale Rosen will be presenting 3DUI - Three Dimensional User Interfaces. The project consists of a set of three 3D widgets - switch, lever and potentiometer that can be manipulated by natural hand motions using a Leap Motion mounted on the front of an Oculus DK2.

• These simple 3-dimensional user interfaces can easily be embedded in any virtual environment. There will also be a demo of how the virtual interface can be tied to the physical world.

Leap Motion Project Page:

At 8:15, your master of ceremonies for the evening - Perry Voulgaris - will also be hosting a panel with:

Stefan Gambert
Creative Director - Secret Location
Creative artist with twenty years professional experience in a variety of related media – creating interactive and immersive experiences.

Josh Manricks
Associate Technical Director - Secret Location

Ted Biggs
VP Convergent – Smokebomb
19 years creating, planning and developing interactive media projects, primarily for the film and TV industry.

J. Lee Williams
Director of Stuff and Things - OccupiedVR
An award-winning VFX + animation director with many alter egos: illustrator, comic book artist, animator, flash developer, VFX director, film producer and his main role as commercial and film director

Perry Voulgaris (Moderator)
Chief Business Development - AWE
Over 25 years in media, sports and entertainment, 20 years in digital media, 15 years executive management: leading teams in the delivery of successful media, sports and entertainment properties.

...who will be discussing current projects, funding strategies, and a look at the tools for 2016 content creation.

Virtual + Augmented + Peripherals Showcase Area will feature:

Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift and Leap Motion demos

The demo choices for Gear VR will include:

• Anshar Wars 2

• Samsung Internet Beta

• Oculus Social Alpha

Oculus Rift demos will include:

• Valiant

• Mythos

Augmented Reality: 4D Augmented reality demo - showing great examples of Augmented Reality with a model of the living, pulsing, heart in AR, as well as a model of a human male/female in AR.

Shok Kreative will be showing their new 360 immersive video:


Graffiti Alley is a short Virtual Reality film opening in a colorful graffiti riddled alley where the graffiti comes to life bit by bit. Eventually a Graffiti Girl trapped in a colorful 2D Graffiti World comes to life.

She discovers the world existing in three dimensions just outside of her reach and breaks through the barrier. She explores it with wonder and curiosity which eventually erodes into confusion and fear which drives her back into the safety of her colorful simple world.

Graffiti Girl | Ann PirvuWriter/Director | Isaac Rayment 360 Camera/DP | Terry MyersStitch Master | Stitch Master BSpecial FX/Animation | Isaac RaymentOriginal Sound Score/Sound Design | Matt Redman

Here is the complete schedule:

7:00p - Demos

7:15 - Video Greeting from VRTO founder Keram Malicki-Sanchez + Featurette about L.A. Augmented Reality artist Daniel Leighton

7:35 - Opening remarks, key news details

7:40p - Dale Rosen presents 3DUI

8:00 - Soft break, light refreshments, demos

8:20 - Panel Discussion

8:50 - Moderated attendee announcements

9:00-9:45pm - Demos til close

VRTO will also be hosting a meetup for anyone attending VRLA Winter 2016 - January 24th in downtown Los Angeles. Stay tuned for that meetup!

Don't forget to follow VRTO on Twitter ( and Instagram ( at @vrtoronto for around the clock updates. You can also use hashtag #vrtoronto across all social media.

Special thanks to Murray Mckercher and for facilitating the location.

Attendance is free to all VRTO Meetup Group Members. RSVP is required.