VR Blitz

We are now into what is being dubbed “The Summer of VR,” and it is off to a busy start.

It kicked-off with that visit to the Technology Show & Tell of the North Shore T.E.C.H. Meetup back on May 25th.

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Then on June 8th there was a day trip to New York to attend the NYC VR University Unity Developer Group Meetup’s VRmicro Summit at the NYU Game Center.

It was was pouring down rain most of the day, but that didn’t prevent a quick jaunt up to catch a Hololens demo at Microsoft’s Flagship store.

That visit didn’t actually turn out “quite” as expected, but it did lead to what might be another excellent adventure in the not-too-distant future.

The VRmicroSummit itself turned out to an informative event.

VRmicroSummit

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016, 6:15 PM

Location details are available to members only.

70 Badasses Went

VRmicroSummit – June 8th – NYU Game CenterNo need for plane tickets, hotels, or even the sacrifice of a weekend. Get yourself caught up in the latest VR/AR production techniques with these exciting educational workshops for all ages led by nyc’s top Certified Unity® Developers.VR, AR, 360, Fame, Fortune, Knowledge, Community, Cookies, and Unity®…

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Lex Dreitser and his crew gave a series of very enthusiastic presentations.

Of course, being the computer history buff that I am, it didn’t hurt that the event was hosted at NYU Game Center’s library full of vintage computer games.

Once all the rain cleared out, the view’s weren’t bad either.

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The next stop on the VR blitz was exhibiting at an Edtech Product Showcase at the Deshpande Symposium for Higher Ed that was hosted at the Innovation Hub of the University of Massachusetts – Lowell on June 13th. It was a fun time where we got to introduce the power and importance of VR to a wide range of Higher-Ed. decision makers and thought leaders from around the country.

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360-degree picture taken by Neil Carlson using Cardboard

Finally, last but not least, there was a stop to catch the “Google I/O Recap – Lightning Talks” sponsored by Google Developer’s Group Boston Meetup and hosted at Kayak that is located right down the street at Cambridge’s own Galleria Mall.

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Google I/O Recap – Lightning Talks!

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016, 6:30 PM

Kayak
10 canal park Cambridge, MA

173 Members Went

Hi folks!I’m delighted to announce that we have 9 great talks about what our developer community is most passionate about planned for Tuesday 6/14. Our roster includes three developer authors.Here’s a short summary of what is in store:Adam Stroud: He will give a talk about Espresso testing. He was the Android lead at RunKeeper and authored the b…

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The highlight of the evening was Jonathan Linowes’ talk about Google VR Strategy.

The good news is that he even, very kindly, posted his slides.

Whew! Busy, busy! But, it is the best kind of busy to be, and there’s a lot more coming up. Below are two public events where you can catch us in July, and stay tuned for more…

Monday, July 18th, 9-11 am Teacher and Edtech Product Summit Discovery Day
Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016
Terrace Room, Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston

Thursday, July 28, 6-8 pm, Immersive Tech: Demos and Drinks
Tech in Motion Meetup, Fragomen, 100 High Street, Boston

Immersive Tech: Demos and Drinks

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016, 6:00 PM

Fragomen
100 High Street Boston, MA

45 Technologists Attending

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are poised for rapid growth and Tech in Motion Boston is excited to showcase companies that are revolutionizing this sector of the tech industry! Join us Thursday, July 28th at Fragomen’s Headquarters for our classic Demos & Drinks event – Immersive Tech edition! There is no formal agenda for this eve…

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Perfect event!

Over the last few years Digital Den has participated in many technology oriented “Meetups”, and most of them have involved giving demos with a variety of levels of formality and “billing.” Alas, participating in them has fallen off because real ROI was just not there “most” of the time. That is why it was such a pleasure to attend the Boston Unity Group (B.U.G.) Meetup held at Akamai Thursday evening (May 5th). It turned out to be an exceptional event that struck the perfect balance of opportunities for socializing, demos and feedback. It was the best Meetup that I’ve been to recently (yes, including my own I must admit with chagrin)! It was a wonderful experience and a valuable model of how to run a fun, worthwhile event. Thanks to Elliott Mitchell for organizing it. Bravo, well done!

Demo Night!

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6:30 PM

Akamai
150 Broadway Cambridge, MA

73 Members Went

May Demo Night!Hi BUG,  This month we’ll be hosting a demo night!  Got a game you want to put in front of people?  Want feedback on a tough problem you’ve been working on?  Want to see what other local developers are cooking up?  Still wiped out from PAX and just want to hang out and eat pizza?  Stop on by at Akamai!We’ve also solidified our sch…

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Workshops!

Digital Den developed and maintains Cosma 3D, an extensive catalog of the best 3D and VR content available, and we also have a collection of the latest VR headsets to view it. Now we will bring that collection and our expertise to one of your events!

You’re going to be hearing a lot about 3D and VR over the next few months. We can help you learn what it is all about, navigate the sometimes confusing and competing options, and then get you set up to hit the ground running with all of the new 3D and VR content!   Here’s just a sample of what we can bring to you.

We can also tell you how to get set up so that you, or your students, can author your own 3D and VR media. Check out our own Cosma 3D Experience Gallery to get a better sense of all of the content, hardware and expertise that we can share with you.

Please contact us if you would like Digital Den to bring our demonstrations of our applications and exhibits to one of your upcoming events! info@digital-den.org

3D Museum!

Digital Den has developed a “virtual edition” of the New Computer Museum using Unity3D.

Welcome Area, New Computer Museum v. 1.5

Welcome Area, New Computer Museum v. 1.5

Digital Den also hosted The New Computer Museum, Virtual Edition release party in Cambridge on Sunday, October 18th.

New Computer Museum Virtual Edition Release

New Computer Museum Virtual Edition release party!

You can download the application from the New Computer Museum website and visit the museum from the comfort of your own computer. The goal of the “Virtual Edition” of the New Computer Museum is twofold. It demonstrates the vision of what the “real life” museum would look like, and it also stands on its own as a valuable and entertaining educational experience. Check it out!

New Computer Museum, Virtual Edition: http://newcomputermuseum.org/

Release!

NEW Computer Museum VR Ed. Release!

Sunday, October 18, 2015
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Champions
50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

The “virtual edition” of the NEW Computer Museum will be published on Sunday, October 18th. Come see a demo and provide feedback for future releases of both the virtual and “potential” real life editions. RSVP at the New Computer Museum Meetup

Welcome Area, New Computer Museum v. 1.5

Welcome Area, New Computer Museum v. 1.5

The goal of the “Virtual Reality Edition” of the New Computer Museum is twofold. It demonstrates the vision of what the “real” New Computer Museum has the potential to become, and it also stands on its own as a valuable educational experience for use in classrooms. You can see more screen shots of the virtual exhibits on the New Computer Museum home page.

Vive Tour

It was an incredibly busy development time in the Digital Den studio over the summer, and the results are a new site dedicated to 3D content (Cosma 3D) and a virtual computer museum (New Computer Museum, VR Ed.). More information about both of these projects will be announced here within the next few weeks.

In the meantime, something fun came up that just demanded a post of its own, and that something is HTC’s Vive World Tour. HTC’s Vive is a virtual reality head-mounted display developed in co-production between HTC and Valve Corporation, and it is part of Valve Corporation’s SteamVR project.

HTC has made the brilliant move of taking their awesome show on the road and making it available to typical consumers in cities around the world. The video below was made in San Francisco, they are visiting Boston *this* weekend, and a little bird told me they are just about to announce new dates and cities on the tour for the fall.

HTC Vive Tour, Boston Venway (Sept. 18-20)

The tour visited 1350 Boylston St. in Boston’s Fenway September 18-20, 2015!

The HTC Vive World Tour is Here (HTC Blog)
HTC Vive World Tour FAQs (HTC Blog)
HTC Vive World Tour (Facebook)

Here are some videos about the HTC Vive headset and its technology.

Here’s a nice article that covers all of the Vive’s unique features.

Valve and HTC dive into VR with the HTC Vive, coming this year (Scott Stein, CNET)

More importantly, the tour is also showcasing what is already great technology by pairing it with some insanely great applications! It is impossible to communicate how much these videos do NOT fully capture the experience, but they give you the gist that it’s an amazing experience.

So, overall, at least some version of the holodeck is here, and Vive will definitely be a serious contender in the HMD war of Spring 2016 — be sure to catch the tour if you can!

More info…

HTC Vive (Official Site)
HTC Vive (Wikipedia)

Please note that the HTC Vive is one of a number of headsets covered on the new Cosma 3D site that Digital Den supported creating as well as the older, more comprehensive site Cosma. Check out more about the HTC Vive on Cosma 3D and Cosma