Here’s some of the cutting-edge demos and VR videos that we’ve seen or used in many of our presentations. We will be adding more as the year progresses – let us know what you think should be included here!
Intel Demos the First Walk-around VR Video Experience – January 2017
At CES 2017, Intel showed off what they termed volumetric video. Instead of the usual 360 video where you’re stationary and only turn your head around in an immersive scene, you can now look around objects. This comes at a cost – the video runs 3 GB per frame. Intel also pulled off another demo of Project Alloy at CES 2017 this year.
Facebook Social VR – Oculus Connect OC3 – October 2016
At the Oculus Connect conference in late 2016, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave us another look at the company’s progress in social VR. In contrast to the F8 event in spring 2016, the avatars are more lifelike and include hand and arm gestures. In addition, basic facial expressions are part of the experience. See our thoughts on OC3 and Social VR at Facebook’s Social VR at OC3 is Amazing.
Intel’s Mixed Reality through Project Alloy – August 2016
When it comes to VR videos, Intel’s Project Alloy is our favorite. The concept video at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum echoes the sensibility of the Matrix – you expect Neo to appear any second. Intel calls it Merged Reality, “a new way of experiencing physical and virtual interactions and environments across VR/AR/Mixed Realities through a suite of next generation sensing, digitizing and computing technologies.” See for yourself what Intel is aiming for; our reaction is at Intel’s Amazing New VR Headset – Project Alloy. As VR videos go, this is an utterly eye opening demonstration.
Magic Leap and ILMxLab – June 2016
Video is all we have from Magic Leap as keep waiting for a public demo. That has critics wondering if they’ve run into production issues. For now, this is all we have.
NASA JPL HoloLens Curiosity Rover – May 2016
Netflix does a VR ‘video store’ for the company’s Hack Day – May 2016
Tilt Brush: Artistic Creativity in VR – May 2016
Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless. Enough said. Just do it.
Penrose Studio – Introducing Allumette – April 2016
Allumette is a virtual reality story about love and sacrifice. One of the first “long-form” VR films (at around 20 minutes), the movie follows a young girl named Allumette. It is set in a toy-like mythical city in the clouds and you can move through the walls and watch the characters in the rooms.
Inspired by “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen, Allumette is the second production of Penrose Studio and debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. More at Allumette: The First VR Film Masterpiece?
Virtual Reality – SteamVR featuring the HTC Vive – April 2016
A quick look at the games and experiences that come with the HTC Vive headset on the SteamVR platform.
Google Cardboard Plastic – April 1, 2016
The Google virtual reality April Fools prank.
Beyond the Frame: Storytelling in Virtual Reality – March 28, 2016
Viceland is working with musicians, artists, and directors to create the future of storytelling in VR.
Alex Kipman: A futuristic vision of the age of holograms – February 2016
An incredible demo by Microsoft at TED 2016, revealing how we will work and play in the future. Wearing HoloLens, Alex Kipman brings JPL scientist Jeff Norris to the TED stage through the first instance of “Holographic Teleportation”.
Meron Gribetz: A glimpse of the future through an augmented reality headset – February 2016
What if technology could connect us more deeply with our surroundings instead of distracting us from the real world? With the Meta 2, an augmented reality headset that makes it possible for users to see, grab and move holograms just like physical objects, Meron Gribetz hopes to extend our senses through a more natural interface. This VR video is the first demo of Meta 2 at TED 2016 featuring a Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.