The excitement around Virtual and Augmented Reality has been building for years now, with a steady drip of technological improvements and increasingly available consumer-ready products.
We’re excited to have three local multidisciplinary experts join us to talk about their experience working with VR and AR in the region.
1. Predicting the Traffic Jam: What does a world with omnipresent VR/AR look like?
Mike McMardle is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Lucid Dream VR. There's a saying that "Good science fiction doesn't predict the car, it predicts the traffic jam." In this talk Mike will share share some insights and predictions into human behavior and attempt to do the possible: predict the future. Using past paradigm shifts as examples and using the commonalities of our behavior as a guiding principle, we’ll get a brief overview of how this technology will probably radically change how we engage with each other and the world.
2. Usability Study of a Facial Recognition App in the Microsoft HoloLens**
Elizabeth Hammond UX Designer/Developer at Red Hat. Elizabeth will be sharing the work for her thesis for her M.A. in Digital Communication at the UNC School of Media and Journalism. The project explores the emerging (and magical) world of Mixed Reality (MR): a user study of a facial recognition application built for the Microsoft HoloLens, which is like a big pair of glasses that shows 2D and 3D digital information over the user’s real environment.
3. Making Virtual Reality a Reality – Bringing VR and AR to Triangle Businesses
Jason Cooper and Jason McGuian are the Chief Digital Officer and the Chief Creative Officer at Horizon Productions, a multidisciplinary production house that has been providing companies in and around the Triangle with a range of customized content for nearly 35 years. The Jasons will join us to talk about the business and marketing end of VR, touching on topics ranging from awareness to networking to career advice.
We'll meet in American Underground@Raleigh (Momentum's new space) in downtown Raleigh. Moore Square Parking Deck is the closest garage.
thoughtbot will provide snacks and beverages.----