Research VR Podcast - The Science & Design of Virtual Reality

Building Leap Motion's "Project North Star" Kits (Noah Zerkin, PM at Noah Labs) - 094

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Leap Motion's open source Project North Star has been fascinating VR/AR enthusiasts for the last year, but due to the scarcity of sourcing the components, finding a fully built kit is quite rare. Noah Zerkin, based out of Shenzhen, China has been focusing on fabricating and building the necessary components to build kits. He joins the podcast to chat about the headset, its advantages, and the challenges of what goes into building one.

Video podcast: https://youtu.be/G010rKFJMyY

recorded in Feb 2019

Livestreaming Mixed Reality with LIV (Dr Doom & Ruu, Cofounder & CTO) - 093

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The CEO and CTO of LIV, Dr. Doom and Ruu join us to talk about the past, present, and future of green screen Mixed Reality and livestreaming VR games.

Topics discussed:
- Origins of green screen Mixed Reality - how did it start?
- How is Mixed Reality being today and by whom?
- Discord and the importance of building a community for a product
- GameChanger API : Adding audience interactivity into a streamer's game
- Vtubers and avatar copyright laws
- The state of VR streaming on Twitch

Analyzing AR Trends in 2019 (Tom Emrich, Investor at Super Ventures) - 092

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Tom Emrich, Investor from Super Ventures joins Az to talk about the prevailing trends of AR in 2019.

Topics discussed:
- Focals by North Smartglasses
- XR vs. Spatial Computing
- cultural implications of all-day AR glasses
- AR Cloud is to AR as the Browser/Search Engines are for the early web
- visual personifications of AI assistants in AR (Siri, Alexa)
- AR for the world vs AR for your face
- Facebook Portal
- AR in cars (self driving or not)
- Current state of AR investments
- How to think about 5G from an AR perspective

Sponsored by HaptX, the leading solution for Haptic Feedback in Virtual Reality.

Measuring your mind with Biofeedback in VR (Sarah Hill, CEO and Dr. Jeff Tarrant, CSO of StoryUp XR) - 091

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StoryUp XR CEO and Chief Storyteller Sarah Hill and Chief Science Officer Dr Jeff Tarrant join us to talk about Healium, an immersive biofeedback system to regulate anxiety.

Topics discussed:
- VR+EEG's
- Measuring states of consciousness
- stress management in the workplace

Sponsored by HaptX, the leading solution for Haptic Feedback in Virtual Reality.

Building the XTAL headset (Marek Polčák, CEO of VRgineers) - 090

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CEO of vrgineers, Marek Polčák joins Petr to discuss their latest VR HMD, the XTAL high resolution, enterprise targeted headset.

Topics discussed:
- creating custom lenses for ideal optics
- limits of display port for high resolution and high refresh rate video transfer
- measuring Cognitive Load

VR as In-Flight Entertainment (David Dicko, CEO of Skylights) - 089

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David Dicko, Co-Founder and CEO of Skylights joins us to talk about VR as an in-flight entertainment (IFE) option for premium international flights. We talk about the current solutions to IFE, the hardware challenges, as well as the business of a being a B2B2C company.

Topics discussed:
- Challenges of cutting weight and building HMD hardware
- How airlines make decisions about in-flight entertainment
- 90/10 passive vs active IFE media consumption by passengers
- Current IFE solutions and their costs

Sponsored by HaptX, the leading solution for Haptic Feedback in Virtual Reality.

The Past, Present, and the Future of VR (Ben Lang, Executive Editor of Road to VR) - 088

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Ben Lang, Co-Founder and executive editor of Road to VR joins us to talk about the early days of the VR industry, the founding of his publication, the what's right around the corner in the industry.

Topics discussed:
- Oculus Quest's target audience and place in current HMD landscape
- Minimum spec requirements for PC VR gen 2.0
- Is "perfect Virtual Reality" the bar we need to reach?
- Will Valve ever enter the all-in-one VR space?
- Magic Leap's target audience

Designing for mobile AR with Torch 3D (Paul Reynolds, CEO) - 087

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Paul Reynolds, CEO and Co-Founder of Torch 3D, joins us to talk about their design tool called Torch, built to bridge the knowledge gap for designers with web/mobile backgrounds, and letting them dive into the world of Spatial Computing

Topics discussed:
- Current state of iterative design (or lack their of) in VR/AR
- AR input methods, which to focus on right now, and what to plan for
- The importance of posting examples and use cases of what can be done with AR

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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