Research VR Podcast - The Science & Design of Virtual Reality

The Problem with Magic Leap One's Display, Explained - 085

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Az and Petr go deep into discussing the Magic Leap One's display technology, what we were expecting, what was being worked on, and what was finally delivered.

Topics discussed:
- What is vergence, accomodation, lightfield displays?
- How does Magic Leap's display work?
- Why is the near clipping plane at 37 cm?

Prototyping AR Interactions in VR with ModBox VR (Lee Vermeulen) - 083

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Lee Vermeulen, creator of ModBox VR joins Petr and Az to talk about prototyping AR using VR today.

Topics discussed:
- What does VR/AR enable in an IOT equipped house? ie, controlling lights from within VR.
- Mixed Reality Meshing using Stereolabs Zed cam
- IRL Monitors interacting with spatial computing apps
- Photogrammetry scanning using Arkit

Volumetric Video, Depth Cams, and Filmmaking using Depthkit, with Alexander Porter - 081

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Alexander Porter joins us to talk about DepthKit, a Volumetric Video Capture tools and Scatter, the company he cofounded.

Topics discussed:
- Starting from building an open sourced volumetric video creation tool
- Creating mobile Volcap tools for non engineers with small budgets
- How do IR Depth Cams work?

Key takeaways:
- The need for Volumetric live action capture is on the rise (because of new display tech; ie VR, AR, holographic displays)
- New Depth cameras are on the rise once again
- Big need for software that lets filmmakers use these sensors to make film and art without having a CS degree

The State of the VR Industry with Tipatat Chennavasin, GP at The VR Fund - 80

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VR Investor and developer Tipatat Chennavasin joins us to talk about how far we've come over the past 2.5 years of consumer VR.

Topics discussed:
- Jumping from development to venture capital
- Which businesses _need_ VC investment, and which don't
- How media hype overvalued VR companies

Key takeaways:
- Right now is the BEST time to be investing and developing in VR, with no real AAA competition, no overinflated hype, with a growing and hungry for content userbase.
- Plenty of business models than don't need venture capital to be successful
- You're better off prototyping AR apps in VR than on mobile AR today

Intimate Emotions and Anonymous Networks in "Where Thoughts Go" w/ Lucas Rizzotto - 077

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Lucas Rizzotto joins us to talk about "Where Thoughts Go: Prologue" as an anonymous way of sharing and listening to people's intimate thoughts and emotions in VR.

Topics discussed:
- BoostVC and why living with other founders is helpful for young startups
- Social Networks with or without like/comment response systems
- Why anonymity is important
- How to handle bad behavior, trolls, and 4chan raids

About this podcast

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

By combining our background in Cognitive Science and VR Research, we break down important Neuroscience to extract Design principles.

Each week, we feature the companies, founders, and researchers that are shapers of this Immersive Tech Industry.

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by Azad Balabanian & Petr Legkov



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