• Longan Vision AR for Firefighters & Mixed Reality Session

    3D Agency Ltd.

    We have a special guest, Leno Zhao, from Longan Vision in Hamilton who will be coming by to talk about his company and vision for the development of an AR visor for firefighters. https://www.longanvision.com @ 7:30pm.

    Lucas @ 3D Agency will be running a VR mixed reality capture/broadcast session with our MR cube and HTC Vive. This will definitely be a lot of fun!

    We will be discussing MS MRTK v2 and testing some features on the Hololens or other compatible HMDs.

    Also, a general discussion on Mixed Reality:
    -how to define
    -how it is being misinterpreted
    -techniques and future

    Do you have an XR related demo you would like to show or discuss please let me know.

    Please RSVP for this event as we need to budget for space, snacks, drinks etc.

    Parking and entrance at the rear of the AlternaWork building.



  • The VR Society Summer Social

    3D Agency Ltd.

    Yes, we are having a Meetup!! I have been on the road for the last 2.5 years and apologize for not being able to run more events. Come by to socialize and connect as we will have some fun with the new Oculus Quest, some commercial Virtiux Omni (for location based VR), and some fun in our mixed reality cube . I am going to run a tournament with the new electro-mechanical Atari Table Pong as well with Atari swag as a prize.

    I would alao like to discuss the current and future of location based VR entertainment and the industry in general.

    Please contact me if you want to show any examples of your work. I will keep updating everyone here on how the Meetup will develop over the next few weeks. Hope to see you then as I realize a lot of people are away during the summer. Please RSVP for this Meetup.

  • VR Society Start of SummAR 2018 Social @ CoMotion on King

    CoMotion on King

    Wow it has been a long time since we had our last Meetup! CoMotion on King in Hamilton has invited me to host our summer social VR Society meetup. This is a great coworking space and a great place for our Meetup to discuss anything VR/AR/MR and socialize.

    Some things we may work on would be:

    3DAgency will run a demo showcasing the Microsoft HoloLens utilizing Holographic Remoting. Holographic Remoting allows for a HoloLens to utilize the rendering power of a connected PC. This allows for greater processing intensive holographic experiences to be viewed through the HoloLens.

    Testing with:
    Alienware 17 R4
    32GB, GTX1080, I7 Quad Core 7820HK 2.90GHz
    -With a custom Unity environment & 3D models and other features that we can mod on the fly and see what kind of results we can get.

    Discuss and demo some of the latest Augmented reality features on ARKit 2 and ARCore. IE Multi user, Cloud Anchors etc, Going to test out some things with AR Foundation as well which is still in beta. Bring your ARcore or ARkit compatible phone.

    -Possibly a HTC Vive to gear GearVR lens hack/mod conversion.
    -possibly test a MSi VR Backpack
    -usage of Vive Trackers (1.0) for locomotion or other. 3 Units
    -Test out some other misc VR/AR hardware bring your Vive Focus or Oculus Go.

    The details of the meetup will firm up over the next few days.

    Anyone who would like to present a VR/AR/MR related project please let me know. If you have any new interesting hardware also please let me know in advance and bring it by if possible. The more people that reach out the more Meetups we can have. :-). Please come forth with your ideas or demos.

    This is a FEE FREE event however please RSVP as this is an invite from our friends at CoMotion.




  • Lowe's Innovation Labs discussion of VR in Enterprise/Retail. Apple ARKit +

    Lowe's Home Improvement Store

    Our Virtual Reality Meetup has partnered with Lowe's Innovation Labs Holoroom for a community meetup! With well over 1500 stores in North America Lowe's has one of three VR retail activations right here in Burlington. Holoroom will have two of their VR techs on hand to demo and receive our feedback.

    "Holoroom How To is Lowe’s first-ever virtual reality DIY skills-training clinic. At Lowe’s, we know a critical part of helping people love where they live is educating them on the skills they need. With Holoroom How To, customers can learn basic DIY skills, including supplies needed and steps to completion in a fun, interactive VR environment. With our first module, customers can learn how to tile a shower in a fully-immersive environment, using the HTC Vive."

    Lowe's has taken a huge leap in the start of retail VR activations for education of DIY projects. This is a great case and point of discussion within our group.

    More info at: http://www.lowesinnovationlabs.com/

    BabylonVR: ( http://www.babylonvr.ca/ ) will be dropping by to introduce a new platform being launched:

    "Babylon VR is a web-based platform that makes creating and sharing Virtual Reality content easy for everyone. With an easy drag-and-drop system, set up a scene in minutes, publish your experience as a web link, and share with your friends! Virtual Reality has never been more simple to create and share with Babylon VR."

    They need feedback from our community and need to expand their user base as they develop this platform.

    We will discuss post VRTO 2017 Conference & highlights and also run some Microsoft Hololens mixed reality experiences. I had the pleasure of working with Keram Malick-Sanchez the director of the VRTO 2017 conference held in Toronto. Spoke to people from around the world about VR/AR/3D/MR/?R and had an amazing time. Also had my Hololens on hand to let people experience some mixed reality on the fly. This was an awesome event for so many reasons!

    I made this promo video in 1hr with zero editing skills and low res:


    We're also looking to run an Apple ARKit and some members will be working on that during the meetup. Setup, testing etc. Any members with ARKIt experience can work together.

    Refreshments will be provided. It's not easy getting people together in the summer so I hope to see you there!

    Tim Dashwood will also be dropping by to say farewell as he now lives in L.A., working with Apple. Famous for being the nicest guy and a true expert in his field, he's recently done technical work on Sir Paul McCartney's 360 experiences and a slew of other work spanning 20+ years in stereoscopy, MoCap, ActiveVR, 360 editing software, photography and cinematography. He was awarded Lumiere Honoree for 3D Technology by the Advanced Imaging Society. He will certainly be missed in our future Meetups.

    The new VR Archery Bow for HTC Vive will be on display and will be officially shipping next week. The bow is awesome with HTC Vive archery games and excellent for fitness and gaming. A PSVR version will be released shortly. TReality will also be launching their new website soon. www.TReality.com

    That is me doing a little VR session with the bow:


    Thank you,

    Stewart Muirhead


    Instagram: #virtualrealitysociety (https://www.instagram.com/virtualrealitysociety/)

    p.s., Lowe's Innovation Labs has contributed a $100 Lowe's gift card as an appreciation however you will have to RSVP and demo the Holoroom to be eligible to win this gift card in a draw at the end of the evening.

    * This event is free and open to everyone in the community. Drop by anytime within 4:30 - 7:00pm However I would suggest 5:30 as optimal.

  • VR Society v5.0: The 360 Video Social

    Innovation Factory - McMaster Innovation Park

    For the VR Society v5.0 meetup we will be testing, reviewing, shooting and editing 360 video with the latest 360 cam. There will be two stations of 360 cameras in which we will learn to shoot and edit in 360. Tim Dashwood http://dashwood3d.com/ and a great group from Mohawk College will be on hand for an introduction, as well as demonstrating advanced techniques, for 360 shots in 4K as well as post production.

    We will have a few systems to view the 360 shots afterwards ranging from mobile to dedicated PC based head mounted displays. We will also have a few new devices to test out.

    The quality and price of 360 cams has been getting significantly better and has become feasible for businesses and recreational use.

    If you have a Samsung 360 cam or, any for that matter, feel free to bring them along. And the floor is always open for any other VR/AR demos or announcements you may have.

    Will be an awesome evening, thanks and see you then!


  • VR Society v4.0: VR/AR/MR Commercializer Dev lab opening

    Innovation Factory - McMaster Innovation Park

    Hi somehow our next Meetup details got deleted. No worries everything is still on schedule for Sept 20,[masked]pm. We were at 40 people RSVP'd. Sorry for any inconvenience. Please RSVP again when you get a chance.

    If you wish to demo or speak about a recent development or event please let me know.

    A few of us were able to check out the FIVARS (AR/VR) Film Fest http://fivars.net/ and got to hang out with a few of the artists and the organizers of the show afterwards. This is Sandy Smolan using our Hololens for the first time Sandy is the director of the amazing 360 video called "The Click Effect" on the "Within" platform. He is a super nice guy and we will have his film running on a dedicated system for you to experience. http://with.in/watch/click-effect/

    Tim Dashwood just got back from the IBC show in Holland and will talk about his experience as a speaker as well as what he was able to check out on the show floor. 360VR Toolbox (http://www.dashwood3d.com/360vrtoolbox.php)

    We will be running demos on the Microsoft Hololens

    On the HTC Vive we will be running a demo called BLOXIQ VR by Red Meat Games (http://www.redmeatgames.ca) who are based in Kitchener Waterloo. Keith from Red Meat was planning on coming but last min biz came up for him. (These guys are working hard. So lets give them feedback on this experience and we will relay the info back to them.

    We are opening up our VR/AR/MR Commercializer development lab. It is a dynamic work in progress and we encourage all suggestions and input. Our lab will not be open to the public however we will be working with McMaster University, local colleges as well as our industry partners and associates in creating innovative ideas into commercial solutions.


  • VR Society v3.0: Virtual Reality @ The Innovation Factory

    Innovation Factory - McMaster Innovation Park

    For our next VR Meetup we were invited by the Innovation Factory at the McMaster Innovation Park to use their space. So we are over in Hamilton to change it up a bit.

    We will be running demos with the:

    - MicroSoft Hololens: We are running two 2 Holos same experience (still trying to decide :-)

    - HTC Vive - VR Archery Games

    - OSVR HDK2 has landed!!!

    - A number of low cost google card board compatible headsets for comparison and low cost controllers

    • 2016 Olympics in VR via CBC VR Olympic App

    • DeadMau5 VR experience with Absolut

    • Paul McCartney 360 Stereo3D videos

    • Some misc games and fun stuff for the kids ie VR Fantasy

    -Subpac S2 Seatback and M2 Vest

    Be sure to bring your demos or make note of the latest and greatest! Main thing for us is for everyone to socialize so lets enjoy some cool coconut water in this crazy heat!


  • VRSociety V2.0: HTC Vive & Oculus CV1 + bonus demos + VR social responsiblity

    VRSociety V2.0: We will have a number of new HMD (Head Mounted Display) units for direct comparisons. HTC Vive & Oculus CV1 running demos of their ecosystems and an interesting experience or two. There will be a short talk on the consumer level history of HMDs and open discussion about the future of them. Also expect some new VR-related peripherals to demo and discuss. Look for more updates shortly!

    I would also like us to talk about VR and social responsiblity - with all the current innovation and hype in VR, a discussion of the pros and cons of its effect on society is imperative. Lets keep it real! :-)

    Feel free to bring your demos and/or just socialize.


    Halton Hive

    The Halton/Hamilton Meetup group is to bring together local businesses, developers, users and the curious into the worlds of VR and AR. 2016 will be the biggest year for VR/AR ever!! We have secured two top sponsors (MEUK Corporation which is a local Technology Commercializer and Buon Appetito to keep our reality engines going!!)

    Very happy that SUBPAC http://www.thesubpac.com will be running demos of both their Tactile Vest and Seat. Very Cool and Very effective! #NOWYOUFEELIT