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, Apple's LiDAR, and his vision of the future of consumer volumetric reconstructions.

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.

Episode 100! The original cast retrospective on 4 years of VR - 100

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Petr Legkov, Krzysztof Izdebski, and Azad Balabanian, the three cofounders of the podcast come back together to discuss the last four years of VR, the podcast, and their lives.

Topics discussed:
- Why/how the podcast started
- revisiting old arguments
- retrospection on VR industry over 4 years

Retrospective on:
- locomotion theories
- roomscale gaming not being the goal
- best value VR headset
- European tech glass ceiling
- focusing on learning

Culture and Behavior in Social VR (Jessica Outlaw + Rebecca Hyman) - 99

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Jessica Outlaw, a culture & behavior researcher and Rebecca Hyman, a mental health therapist to discuss human culture in-and-out of VR, VR marketing demographics, as well as representation in media.

Topics discussed:
- Building non-violent cultures in VR
- VR's target demographics and identities
- The unreleased Intel VR HMD's marketing campaign
- The border between messing-around vs griefing/harassment
- Reddit's subreddit self moderation framework
- The basics of culture in a community

Sketchfab's omnipresnce in the 3D world (Alban Denoyel, CEO of Sketchfab) - 98

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Cofounder and CEO of Sketchfab, Alban Denoyel joins Azad to talk about all things 3D on the web.

Topics discussed:
- Why sketchfab was created
- Why the large tech companies can't compete against Sketchfab's community
- The importance of having downloading/remixing functionality
- Why it’s difficult to be build both a community and a store
- What’s the point of 3D reality capture?

CTRL-kit's Intent-Based Finger Input (Jesslyn Tannady, Tech. Prod. Manager @ CTRL-labs) - 96

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Jesslyn Tannady joins us to talk about CTRL-Labs's advancements in BCI's, finger tracking, and input methods for games and VR/AR.

Topics discussed:
- CTRL-Kit, finger tracking and intent tracking
- Interesting use cases:
- Controlling robots in an intuitive way with intent
- Typing for VR/AR
- using it as a game controller
- thoughts on Neuralink

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.

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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