The odometer on my YouTube channel just rolled over 6,666,666 total views. I tried to catch it exactly, but due to YouTube’s view count buffering, that didn’t happen. Anyway, here’s screenshot proof. Yay!
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One of the big problems with advocating for virtual reality is that it can really only be experienced first-hand; I can make all the movies I want, and still won’t get the main point across.
So I figured it might be a good idea to host a “VR Open House” at UC Davis, and invite readers of my blog, or the redditors of the virtualreality subreddit where I sometimes hang out, to come and see what I mean by immersive 3D graphics (or “VR”) in person.
But before I do any planning, I need to find out if there’s any interest in the first place; after all, I don’t know how many people live around northern California, or how far people would be willing to travel for something like this (we’re an hour north-east of San Francisco, right off I-80).
So here’s my idea: if you read this post, and would attend such an open house, please leave a reply. If enough people show interest, I’ll schedule something, and then do another poll for people to sign up on a first-come first-serve basis, as I can’t handle a group larger than, say, a dozen. If you do leave a reply, maybe indicate what date ranges won’t work for you.
Some details on what we could look at / play with:
- 4-sided CAVE
- 3D TV with head tracking and tracked input device
- 3D TV with Razer Hydra input device
- Head-tracked HMD (eMagin 3DVisor) with tracked input device
- Augmented Reality Sandbox
- Remote collaboration with “holographic” 3D video
- Massive 3D point cloud visualization
- 3D volume visualization (CAT scans, numerical simulation)
- Interactive molecular modeling
- Walk-throughs of virtual worlds (game maps, architecture, civil engineering, …)
- Visit the Curiosity rover’s landing site on Mars
I’m thinking this could be a half-day affair; that won’t be enough to look at everything, but at least at a good cross-section.
So, please, leave a comment if you’re interested; maybe indicate how far you’d be traveling and what dates are no-no for you. I’ll take it from there.