Research VR Podcast - The Science & Design of Virtual Reality

Oculus Medium 2.0 with Jessica Zeta and David Farrell - 082

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Jessica Zeta and David Farrell from Oculus Medium join us to talk about their latest Medium 2.0 update.

Topics discussed:
- Creating a multi-hour comfortable creative tool
- fitting into professional pipelines and workflows
- How the new Move Tool works

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

History Preservation vs Documentation using Photogrammetry with Deb Mayers - 075

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Deb Mayers, a Researcher and Graduate student of Ancient Cultures and Computer Science joins us to talk about History, technology, and VR.

Topics Discussed:
- Documentation vs Preservation of History
- Technology's role in the interpretation of History
- Cultures as dynamic entities

Apologies for the audio quality for this episode. Sometimes impossible for windows to pick the right mic to record from.

Designing Impossible Musical Instruments in VR w/ Zach Kinstner - 074

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Designer/Developer Zach Kinstner joins the podcast to talk about designing his VR music creation tool, Exa: Infinite Instrument.

- designing Hover UI for hands with Leap Motion
- building better musical instruments in VR
- buttons that can be pushed from behind (for keyboards and such)

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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