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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Final Episode: Underwater Panoramic Filmmaking w/ Casey Sapp (CEO of VRTUL)
In this final episode of Research VR, Casey Sapp, the CEO of VRTUL, an high-end underwater panoramic filming company, joins Azad to talk about the difficulties of creating VR experiences deep in the ocean.
Active Depth Cameras w/ Jeff Powers (Cofounder Occipital, Arcturus Industries) - 101
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.
- 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
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.
- Why/how the podcast started
- revisiting old arguments
- retrospection on VR industry over 4 years
- 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
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.
- 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
Cofounder and CEO of Sketchfab, Alban Denoyel joins Azad to talk about all things 3D on the web.
- 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?
AR Superpowers, VR in the 90's, & Data Privacy (Avi Bar-Zeev, ex-Apple/MS/Disney) - 97
Google Earth, Hololens, and Disney VR pioneer Avi Bar-Zeev joins Azad to share his perspective of the 3D/VR industry over the last few decades and make predictions of the near future.
Excellent conversation + research
Az and Petr do an amazing job on this podcast. It's clear that the hosts do significant research before each interview. Their conversations dive deep into topics. If you're into understanding the science of virtual and augmented reality, this is the podcast for you. Highly recommend.
I notice some of the older reviews mention poor audio quality. I have not noticed this for episodes released in the past year.
This podcast is about the future
Learning about VR is rad! Why? Because we are all going to using it sooner or later, and if you take the time now, it will be that much easier when the curve kicks and the whole world goes, "Crap! How did I not see this coming?" (has that already happenened?)
But seriously, Az and Peter sound like good people, and the guests are always interesting. Plus, if you work in VR for a living, then you will want to hear what's happening with your colleagues around the world. Conferences are frequently referenced, and these are the places where the news usually breaks about new gear and new techniques.
Lastly, I'm pretty sure they actually record the episodes in VR Chat. umm. yeah. You know you wish you could do that.
Always interesting topics
I look forward to each episode from these guys as it is always interesting. I like the mix of research and science related developments in VR and AR mixed with talk of consumer hardware and software as well.