XReality Means Business! - Web Conference Notes for 12/13/2018
Conferencing, Gaming, MovieMaking, Music and More
We began with some working definitions to consider as a group, kick around and play with:
Virtual reality (VR) is an interactive computer-generated experience taking place within a simulated environment, that incorporates mainly auditory and visual, but also other types of sensory feedback like haptic. This immersive environment can be similar to the real world or it can be fantastical, creating an experience that is not possible in ordinary physical reality. ~Wikipedia
Augmented Reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment whereby the objects that reside in the real-world are "augmented" by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory, and olfactory. ~Wikipedia
Mixed reality (MR), sometimes referred to as hybrid reality, is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time. Mixed reality takes place not only in the physical world or the virtual world, but is a mix of reality and virtual reality, encompassing both augmented reality and augmented virtuality via immersive technology. ~Wikipedia
Next, we moved on to some topics for discussion:
Zoom Web Conferences, which is the application used for this evening’s meeting, can be considered an example of a Mixed-Reality application, would you agree or disagree?
Augmented Reality: Microsoft HoloLens
Microsoft secures $480 million HoloLens contract from US Army to supply the military branch with as many as 100,000 HoloLens augmented reality headsets for training and combat purposes.
Moviemaking, Story Telling and Virtual Touring
Movie makers are tapping the empathy power of Virtual Reality to engage their audience like never before.
Florida Holocaust Museum taps into virtual reality and new exhibits to keep history alive. (Veronica Brezina-Smith, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 9/28/2018) The Last Goodbye features survivor Pinchas Gutter’s visit to the site of the Nazi death camp Majdanek in Poland. Gutter is the only member of his family of four to have survived the Holocaust. The Last Goodbye VR Experience| MPC Last Goodbye Page w/Video Trailer
Dinner Party. "Dinner Party is a 3D virtual reality experience based on the true story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple who in 1961 reported the first nationally known UFO abduction. It's the pilot episode for The Incident, an anthology series that takes viewers on an immersive and intimate journey through true-life supernatural events." (IMDb, 10/07/2018) | Trailer| About the Movie
For those of us who get around town, or around the world using the Google Maps App, discover How to use Google Maps street view in VR Mode. Google Expeditions is an immersive education app that allows teachers and students to explore the world through over 900 virtual-reality (VR) and 100 augmented-reality (AR) tours.
Mixed Reality applications are succeeding in teaching performance arts where traditional legacy teaching methods have fallen short.
Ubisoft, creator of Rocksmith, remastered its 2014 release of its music video product that teaches song-play through a gamified learning approach.
Originally released in 2011 as a music video game, at some point Ubisoft realized that their Rocksmith video game was also teaching students of all ages how to play the guitar and have fun at the same time.
Fender Play is a video-centric learning platform that eschews traditional theory-based lessons in favor of instructor-guided videos.
eSports and Gaming
Choosing eSports Games. “There are casual games and some you can play competitively. Not all competitive games can be played as esports and not all esports are played as collegiate esports.” Yes, World of Warcraft Collegiate teams are in the works (check out the slideshow in the Tampa Bay Business Journal article, below). It’s not just about college football teams anymore.