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Weekly virtual reality and augmented reality news wrap-up featuring a revolving roundtable of VR and AR revolutionaries.
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Oct 17, 2017
This week’s episode features an interview with Amitt Mahajan, co-founder of Presence Capital-- a $10M early stage fund focused on VR and AR that launched in December 2015. We chat about Amitt’s past experience building the mobile game FarmVille for Zynga, and how that story could be a lesson to VR content creators about early-mover advantages on emerging platforms. We talk about a few of the companies in Presence’s portfolio like Baobab Studios (the seemingly omnipresent content studio), STRIVR (immersive training-- for NFL quarterbacks to Walmart cashiers), and Sky Lights (making flying on airplanes less painful)-- and the reasons why Presence invested. Amitt also addresses augmented reality, the limitations of mobile AR, and the advantages and limitations of ARKit for iOS - https://www.presencecap.com/

 

Hosted by Malia Probst

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Oct 12, 2017

In this week's news update covers all the breaking news from Oculus Connect 4, Google spends $1.1B to acquire HTC’s smartphone talent and IP, Google’s ARCore bring augmented reality to Android, Microsoft Acquires VR Social App AltspaceVR, the investment & funding wrap-up, and more….

Hosted by Malia Probst

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Oct 2, 2017
Jenna Seiden is Head of Content Acquisition & Partnerships at Viveport for HTC Vive, and we talk about Viveport as a content platform (also in relation to HTC Vive in context of Valve’s Steam store), what defines good content, and how the company sources that content. Jenna goes in depth on the Viveport Arcade program, how she thinks about branded content, and shares some great VR experience recommendations as well - https://www.viveport.com/

Hosted by Malia Probst

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Sep 27, 2017
This week's episode is a series of mini-interviews from Digital Raign's Reality Summit at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA in September 2017. United around the common thread of emerging technology, social impact and mindfulness, the episode features Dr. Tom Furness (aka "Grandfather of VR" and founder of the Virtual World Society), Cassandra Vieten (President, Institute of Noetic Sciences - IONS), Marco DeMiroz (investor, Venture Reality Fund), Melissa Sutor (Dragonfly Healing Center), Joanna Popper (Singularity University), Sari Stenfors (cyborg anthropologist, Augmented Leadership Institute) - https://www.digitalraign.com/ and https://www.esalen.org/

Hosted by Malia Probst

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Sep 19, 2017
This week's episode is a live recording from the panel conversation at VRScout's most recent monthly mixer, which was all about Health & VR. This is a fascinating conversation showcasing a variety of perspectives on the huge range of healthcare and wellness applications utilizing immersive technology. Guest hosted by Kristi Hansen Onkka (founder at HealthiAR), the panel features Carrie Shaw (founder at Embodied Labs), Dr. Brennan Spiegel (Director of Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai), Shauna Heller (founder of Clay Park VR and Executive Director of VR Med Tech Initiatives), Jacki Morie (founder and Chief Scientist at All These Worlds), and Dr. Wen Dombrowski (Chief Convergence Officer of CATALAIZE).

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guest Host: Kristi Hansen Onkka (founder at HealthiAR

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Aug 15, 2017

NFL uses VR to train referees for football season, MLB expands VR content, Sports Illustrated cover feat. AR, W Magazine uses AR to make Katy Perry come to life, eye implant platform wants to power continuous AR, now you show off your real-life DJ skills in VR, and the investment & funding wrapup...

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Aug 8, 2017

Social VR pioneer Altspace shuts down, ‘Second Life’ successor Sansar launches open beta, WebVR comes to Firefox, Disney wants you to be a Star Wars jedi in VR, the funding & investment wrapup, and more…

Hosted by Malia Probst

Featuring special guest Sophia Dominguez, co-founder of SVRF.com (the first search engine for immersive content), and creator of AllThingsVR, a weekly VR/AR newsletter - https://www.svrf.com/

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Aug 1, 2017
This week's episode is a live recording from the panel discussion at VRScout's most recent monthly mixer, where we talk all about Hollywood & VR/AR. We chat about opportunities to grow name-brand franchises into more interactive content, compare 360 video to immersive theater/talk about bringing real-life immersive theater to VR, what it means to be a multiplatform entertainment company these days, how VR fits into the traditional content verticals, and more. In the discussion we have David Karlak (Director, RSA Films), Rachel Skidmore (Director of Media Development, Skybound Entertainment), Chris Prynoski (Founder, Titmouse Animation, and Michael Koperwas (Industrial Light & Magic - ILM).

Hosted by Malia Probst

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Jul 25, 2017

Lenovo’s new AR concept headset & Disney partnership, all the VR/AR goodies at Comic-Con, Steven Spielberg’s trailer for Ready Player One is finally here, new industry landscape shows 60% increase in enterprise augmented reality, the investment & funding wrapup, and more...

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Jul 18, 2017
Live stream your cartoon virtual avatar on Facebook, stealth AR company unveils its new AR headset-- and it involves Apple, join your friend to play with art together, Facebook’s standalone headset is coming, the investment & funding wrapup, and more…

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Jul 2, 2017

Apple acquires computer vision company, the hidden 3D map feat. in iOS 11 public beta, Google is experimenting with VR ads, go golfing in Google Earth, and the investment & funding wrapup...

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Jun 24, 2017
YouTube releases app for heatmaps and announces a new VR180 video format (and cameras!), VidCon’s fun interactive VR activations, diving into Apple’s AR plans, a VR headset changes the taste of your food, Intel’s focus on sports through VR, and more...

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

 

Jun 18, 2017
Mario Kart & Spider-Man come to VR, we chat all about news from E3, Intel's new VR eSports league AND wireless VR solution, the investment & funding wrapup, and more...
 

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360) & Steve Ip (@poor_musician)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

 

Jun 12, 2017

Apple finally talks about VR while taking a (very solid) swing at AR, Walmart will use virtual reality to train employees, you can grow better weed with AR + AI, and Q1 VR headset sales…

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360) & Eric Chevalier (@ekChevalier)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

May 30, 2017

This week’s episode is a live recording from the panel discussion at VRScout’s most recent monthly mixer, which addressed the topic of Investing in VR. We chat all about how investors are thinking about the VR/AR industry, as well as insight from funded VR/AR companies about their journey to secure financing. From the VR/AR side of things we have Nancy Bennett (CCO & GM of Two Bit Circus), Gil Baron (CEO of Mindshow), and Ikrima Elhassan (co-founder of Kite & Lightning). From the investor perspective we have Peter Rojas (who founded Engadget and Gizmodo and is investor at Betaworks), and Amanda Robson (investor at Norwest Partners which was founded in 1961 and is an investment firm with approximately $5 billion in capital). We also chat a bit about Women in XR, which is a fund and initiative connecting female founders and leaders to capital, resources, and each other. Sign up at: www.womenxr.com

Hosted by Malia Probst

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

May 24, 2017

Watch YouTube in VR with your friends, Google pours resources into shared social VR experiences, upcoming standalone headsets will be wireless, the Snapchat vs. Facebook continues, the investment & funding wrapup, and more...

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guest: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

May 10, 2017

Snapchat patent points to AR Spectacles content, Oculus Story Studio shuts down while continuing their VR for Good program, Congress gets into VR, Milwaukee gets sued by an AR company, the investment & funding wrapup, and more...

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

May 3, 2017

This week we cover Unity's Vision Summit and key highlights from the conference. We then feature a few hallway-style conversations with attendees, all of whom have different perspectives on the industry as well as varied takeaways from the expo. Featuring Brandon Bray (Microsoft), Matt Liszt (castAR), Niv Fisher (Racket:Nx), Berkley Frei (Morph 3D).au

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Apr 11, 2017
We chat with Rikard Steiber, President of Viveport & SVP of Virtual Reality at HTC, about all things HTC and Viveport. Rikard shares with us what Viveport is, who Viveport is meant for, and discuss Viveport's new monthly subscription service and other monetization initiatives. We talk about the role that Viveport plays for the VR arcade-style market as well as providing access to in-home VR content to 32 countries worldwide. Rikard also lays out the pillars of the HTC company and shares with us the company's philosophy in building the VR/AR ecosystem - https://www.viveport.com/
 

Hosted by Malia Probst

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Apr 4, 2017

The upcoming new Gear VR comes w/ a magic wand, the new Gear 360 camera gets cuter + more compatible, you can now live stream in 360 on Facebook, Palmer Luckey leaves Oculus, HoloBuilder gets $2.25M investment, and more...

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Mar 28, 2017

BMW builds cars faster & cheaper w/ VR, Disney uses VR for research but CEO wants AR at theme parks, get inside Ready Player One, survey: people love their VR devices, investment & funding wrapup, and more... 

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests: Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360) & Eric Chevalier (@ekChevalier)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Mar 21, 2017

The first Windows Mixed Reality dev headsets are coming, dive into VR with XBOX, high-end VR gets more affordable, how the director of Rogue One used VR to plan scenes and what this means to traditional production, the investment & funding wrapup, and more...

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guest Jonathan Nafarrete @Jonathan360

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Feb 27, 2017

4 projects from Samsung’s incubation lab to watch this week at Mobile World Congress, the next generation Gear VR may come with controller, Oculus Rift arrives to the International Space Station, Zenimax tries to shut down Oculus, investment wrapup and more...

Hosted by Malia Probst

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Feb 20, 2017

Feel heat and the wind on your face in virtual reality, new immersive technology products help the visually impaired, pro golfing tees off in VR, a dream team of developers leave Sony to form their own studio, the investment and funding wrapup, and lots more...

Hosted by Malia Probst

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Feb 14, 2017

The annual Lumiere Awards are an event from the Advanced Imaging Society that recognizes outstanding achievement in cutting edge content and technology - and lots of virtual reality content is in the lineup. This episode is an amalgamation of mini-interviews with a handful of this year's VR nominees who share with us insight into their process. Jim Chabin, the President of the Advanced Imaging Society and the VR Society, kicks off this episode with context on the awards and how the AIS is thinking about VR. We chat with John Macinnes and Remington Scott of Macinnes Scott (Grace), Ian Bickerstaff of Sony Interactive (Joshua Bell VR - which won Best VR Music Experience), Sam Wickert and Eric Leigh of SOKRISPYMEDIA (Internet Surfer), Ryan Pulliam of Specular Theory (Perspective), as well as Adam Ravetch of Arctic Bear Productions and Aaron Perry of Stereo D. Visit www.vrscout.com for a complete list of the 2017 Lumiere Award winners. Special thanks to Zeynep Abes for the interview help!

Hosted by Malia Probst

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

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