Here are some of the groundbreaking demos and VR videos that we’ve seen or used in our presentations. We will be adding more as new developments are demoed or released.Let us know of other VR videos that should be included here.
One caveat – time moves fast in the VR landscape. Some of these videos are already dated. And some are of projects that have now been shelved (eg., Intel’s Project Alloy). But they’re still fun as future predictions from the past.
Ushering in a New Era of Windows Mixed Reality – October 2017
This is Alex Kipman’s 35-minute talk and demo at a Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco on October 3rd. The event marked the introduction of the Samsung Odyssey HMD – one of five Windows VR headsets to be released in fall 2017. Is this the birth of consumer VR? A new era of a spatial operating system? You decide. Kipman did wear the Samsung VR headset for most of the demo.
F8 Keynote – Mark Zuckerberg’s Keynote at the Facebook Developer Conference – April 2017
Here’s Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote at the 2017 Developer conference with it’s focus on AR, VR and AI. If you hadn’t guessed already, Facebook wants to be the default platform for our immersive experiences in the future. For more, you can read our summary of the F8 2017 conference.
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.
Social VR is Coming – Facebook’s Demo at the OC3 Conference – October 2016
The Oculus Connect conference provided us with a glimpse of Facebook’s research in Social VR. The Social VR Testbed was introduced at the Spring 2016 F8 event but six months meant a world of difference. The latest avatars now have hand gestures and some basic facial expressions have been incorporated into 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
Of all the VR product demos we’ve seen (lost count long ago), the Intel Project Alloy video remains our favorite. The concept video at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum seemed like something out of the Matrix-like bullet time at a party. 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.”
For a self-contained wireless headset with hand gesture recognition, Intel is setting a high bar. Too high, actually. The project was shelved earlier this year. Though now dated, you can read our original reaction 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
Is it an illusion? Vaporware? It’s been a long wait for a demo out of Magic Leap, the Mixed Reality startup in Florida. So far, video is all we have – and some of them turned out to be faked. Critics wondering if they’ve run into production issues. For now, you have to live the dream.
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 burst on the VR scene at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. Billed as one of the first “long-form” VR films (at around 20 minutes), there were concerns that people would not spend that much time in a VR experience. But when you follow a young girl named Allumette in a story of love and sacrifice, it is utterly captivating. You find yourself in a miniature city floating in the clouds. As you move around, you realize you can “push through” the walls and watch the characters in the rooms. Multiple scenes play out simultaneously.
Based on the story of “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen, Allumette is the second production from Penrose Studio. 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.
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.