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Feb 20, 2018
On this week’s VR/AR news update, Malia and Jonathan talk all about exciting updates from Magic Leap, including an NBA partnership... plus MORE news on the NBA and VR in general (because the NBA looooves VR), you can take a virtual “in-flight” dining course at an airline-themed restaurant in Japan, enterprise VR design tool ‘Gravity Sketch’ raises $1.7M, and social VR sports platform livelike Raises $9.6 Million - https://vrscout.com/podcast/
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Feat. Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360), VRScout Co-founder & Editor in Chief

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Feb 13, 2018
In this week's episode, Malia and Jonathan give a sneak peek into the sold-out debut of Dreamscape Immersive's social VR experience in LA. Also, the futuristic AR eSports Tournament HADO WORLD CUP is coming to the US, Intel's new AR prototype will project your incoming texts into your retinas with lasers, Walmart acquires a VR startup, Magic Leap raises more money, 8th Wall took on $8M for their platform for mobile AR, and Vreal has raised $11.7M for their VR broadcasting platform - https://vrscout.com/podcast/
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Feat. Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360), VRScout Co-founder & Editor in Chief

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Feb 6, 2018
In this week's episode, Malia and Jonathan dig into all the recent VR/AR news--  you can immerse yourself in the Olympic action in South Korea by putting on a VR headset, and Olympic athletes are actually training for their competitions using VR. We chat about the iPhone X's facial-mapping and the power of individualized animojis, discuss the new Vive Focus standalone headset which has launched in China (and nowhere else!) while we wait for the Vive Pro to be released in the west, Light Field Lab announced a $7M funding round to develop their light field displays, VirZOOM took on $5.5M in funding to further develop their stationary VR bikes, and Positron has raised $1.4M in seed funding to progress development on its VR motion chair.
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Feat. Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360), VRScout Co-founder & Editor in Chief

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Jan 29, 2018
A combination of VRScout team coverage and live interviews with Sundance creators, this episode is a fun time. Our intro conversation features Eric Chevalier (Co-founder) and Zeynep Abes (Community Lead) from the VRScout team, and we talk about content trends at Sundance, some of our personal favorite experiences, and how Sundance has evolved over the past few years. We then segue into 3 mini-interviews featuring Eliza McNitt (lead artist on Spheres, which just set a VR acquisition record for $1.4M), Samantha Gorman (of Tenderclaws, which exhibited tenderAR), and Jake Rubin (of HaptX, which exhibited their haptic glove that lets you feel sensation in VR).
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

Jan 23, 2018
Welcome to a conversation that was recorded live at the YouTube House during Sundance on January 18th, 2018. We talk about past and current 360° content trends (as well as the emerging 180° format) from both the creator and platform perspectives, how the immersive media part of Sundance has evolved over the past few years, and we dive into a couple of VR videos which premiered at Sundance. Both of these two experiences are immersive companion pieces to known names in traditional entertainment: Wes Anderson and Fox’s Isle of Dogs Behind the Scenes (in Virtual Reality) which was created in partnership w/ Felix & Paul for Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion film Isle of Dogs, and Step Up: High Water - VR Edition which is an exclusive immsersive dance sequence from the YouTube Red Originals series Step Up: High Water. Featuring Brendan Handler (FoxNext), Paul Raphael (Felix & Paul Studios), Erin Teague (YouTube VR), Andy Stack (Arcturus Studios), David Luner (Lionsgate), and Julia Trost (Google VR/AR). Hosted by Malia Probst (VRScout).

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Jan 10, 2018
René and Selena Pinnell co-founded Kaleidoscope VR as a network to support new business models for immersive art and entertainment, bringing creators and industry leaders together to develop and fund content. René comes on the show to chat about Kaleidoscope's recent industry report on emerging trends in 2018 that they predict will impact the VR entertainment industry over the next 12 to 24 months. René shares some recommendations for creators and businesses, and we discuss the four primary trends which they see influencing the industry: professionalization of funding, longer form content, Location Based Entertainment (LBE), and Augmented Reality - http://kaleidoscope.fund/ View the full report: http://bit.ly/KaleidoscopeTrends
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

Dec 25, 2017
This week's episode is a live panel discussion from VRScout's monthly mixer all about Social + VR, feat. guests Reggie Watts (VR/AR enthusiast & creator, currently on the Late Late Show with James Corden), Abbey Tate (Technicolor Experience Center), Aaron Lemke (TheWaveVR), Julie Young (SH//FT Spotlight), Bruce Vaughn (Dreamscape Immersive), and moderated by Malia Probst (VRScout, the WXR Venture Fund). We chat about the current (mis?)conception that "VR is isolating and AR is social,” how the panelists are integrating social aspects into their respective immersive concentrations, preventing VR chat rooms from becoming virtual trolling/griefing platforms, and what it's like to be the first comedian to do standup in VR.
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

Dec 19, 2017

Apple releases VR video editing tools & positions the new iMac pro for VR creators, Snap releases tool to create your own AR effects called Lens Studio, Facebook opens up its AR creation platform & tool to everyone, Nickolodeon is working on VR arcades, the investment wrapup, and more...

Hosted by Malia Probst

Feat. Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360), VRScout Co-founder & Editor in Chief

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

 

Dec 12, 2017
On this week's episode, Malia and Jonathan discuss the new trailer for the ‘Ready Player One’ Movie, how 360° filming was integrated into the traditional production of upcoming feature film "Speed Kills," recent news from Sony (2M+ PSVRs sold along with some innovative ways to entice consumers to buy headsets), the just-announced immersive content line-up of Sundance's New Frontier Program, and the investment wrapup...
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Feat. Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360), VRScout Co-founder & Editor in Chief

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

 

Dec 5, 2017
Oculus’s standalone VR headset just started shipping to developers, Google is already expanding Poly-- their platform for 3D assets, Google launches a social awareness VR initiative called Daydream Impact, you can now do "Dolphin-Assisted Therapy" in VR, and the investment & funding wrapup...
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Feat. Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360), VRScout Co-founder & Editor in Chief

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

 

Nov 28, 2017
Crazy experimental humanoid robot uses VR, Amazon launches Sumerian (a big bad browser-based tool for building AR/VR experiences), Facebook releases first game for social VR, virtual headstones could solve Hong Kong’s crowded cemeteries, investment & funding wrapup…
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Feat. Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360), VRScout Co-founder & Editor in Chief

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

Nov 21, 2017
This week Malia and Jonathan talk about China’s enormous billion dollar VR theme park, HTC officially announces its standalone VR headset for China AND cancels their standalone headset partnership with Google, become your favorite Justice League superhero at IMAX Experience Centers, Pixar releases its VR debut with Coco, and the investment & funding wrapup...
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Feat. Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360), VRScout Co-founder & Editor in Chief

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Nov 14, 2017
This week we talk about the upcoming Harry Potter AR Game, new reports that Apple is dialing up work on an AR headset, now you can type in VR with a VR keyboard, crowdfunding campaign for magic shoes with tiny VR treadmills, the investment wrapup, and more...
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Feat. Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360), VRScout Co-founder & Editor in Chief

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Nov 7, 2017
This week we talk about Amazon's augmented shopping, Google launches new platform for sharing 3D objects called Poly, Billy Corgan made a VR music video with Tilt Brush and Blocks, Google's new "Resonance Audio" wants to give spatial audio to everyone, you can find a new Star Wars VR experience in select Nissan dealerships, and the investment wrapup...
 
Hosted by Malia Probst

Feat. Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360), VRScout Co-founder & Editor in Chief

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

Nov 1, 2017
This week we talk about some of the best scary content out there, a VR experience just won an honorary Oscar, Jaunt launched their app on Windows Mixed Reality platform, a VR headset called Pimax just overtook the Oculus Rift as the most crowdfunded VR headset ever, and the WXR Fund (Women in XR) opens submissions to their inaugural Pitch Showcase on Jan 6th - https://womenxr.com/

Hosted by Malia Probst

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

Oct 25, 2017

This week's show features very special guests: two of our favorite YouTubers, Cas & Chary (@CasandChary), join us in the studio for an impromptu interview. We discuss some of the highlights of OC4, new and upcoming VR tools from Adobe, and the Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets. Based in the Netherlands, Cas & Chary were traveling in the U.S. so they swung by and shared some of their favorite VR experiences with us. Check their YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/CasandChary

Hosted by Malia Probst

Special Guests:
Jonathan Nafarrete (@Jonathan360)
Cas & Chary (@CasandChary)

http://www.VRScout.com/podcast

Special thanks to @JoeWilsonTV for the voiceover magic

 

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

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