Research VR Podcast - The Science & Design of Virtual Reality

Active Depth Cameras w/ Jeff Powers (Cofounder Occipital, Arcturus Industries) - 101

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Jeff Powers, Cofounder of Occipital and Arcturus Industries joins Azad to discuss active depth cameras.

Topics discussed:
  • The market for depth cameras in 2014 for consumers, developers.
  • Why they focused on mobile-first with the Structure sensor.
  • Google's Tango project not being adopted.
  • Building a developer friendly ecosystem for 3rd party companies.
  • A general Perceptual layer in software that can take any input.
  • The economies of scale with new and niche hardware.
  • Did Tesla pick the right choice with cameras vs LIDAR?
  • Building the Room View 3D with Valve
  • Interesting applications of the Index's dual cameras.
  • VR eating up AR's use cases in the short term.

recorded in July 2020. - Best of Research VR Podcast episodes -


Guest: Jeff Powers

Research VR: Azad Balabanian, Petr Legkov

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The Podcast behind the Science and Design of Virtual Reality and Spatial Computing.

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