DiscoverVirtuality Podcast#005 - Morph 3D - Ben Hesson & Jesse Janzer - Virtuality Podcast
#005 - Morph 3D - Ben Hesson & Jesse Janzer - Virtuality Podcast

#005 - Morph 3D - Ben Hesson & Jesse Janzer - Virtuality Podcast

Update: 2017-06-211


Interview with Ben Hesson & Jesse Janzer from Morph 3D in Boston, Massachusetts. We discuss How artists participate with Morph 3D, careers in VR, and more! Learn more at
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#23: XR for physical therapy with Brian Cohn from Kaspect
After the reality virtually hackathon, we spoke with Brian Cohn from the winning team move2improve. Others on the team were Roghayeh (Leila) Barmak Betsy Skrip Cameron Peirce Chris Berry  The reality virtually hackathon had 450 developers from 35 countries composing 105 teams competing for various prizes. 40% of participants were women/non-binary. This makes the reality Virtually hackathon the largest, most diverse XR hackathon in the world. Brian is the chief data scientist at Kaspect working with fortune 10 companies, hospitals, and biotech companies. Brian's Phd focused on human muscle control patterns as they related to heath, development, aging and pathological conditions.    We discuss Brian's experience at the Reality Virtually Hackathon before digging into his medical background. We then dig into Brian’s work using peripherals to track and treat diseases such as Parkinson’s. In each of the topics we discuss, a resounding theme is data privacy and how collected data is used and we ask the question... Does the data even need to be collected?    01’30”: how did move 2 improve go from idea to hackathon winning team among 105 teams. 03’00”: diseases and traumas that require physical therapy 03’35”: Building the team at the Reality Virtually hackathon. 04’27”: Is XR the best fit for move2improve? 06’20”: The move 2 improve experience explanation. 08’20”: How does move to improve help the clinician? 08'55”: USC study to evaluate the VR data collection of tremors and “shakiness”. 10'50”: healthcare expenses and VA initiative to do more telemedicine. 12’00”: HIPPA and XR as a data collection device 13’10”: FDA approval for commercial grade therapeutics 14'00”: building in safety protocols into XR environments 14'50”: At what point did Brian pick up XR development? 16'05”: The importance of conservatively collecting and user data 17'00”: Oculus Runtime and mobile app data collection example 18'00”: Data doesn’t have to be big to make a big change! 19'50”: Brian’s takeaway from the Reality Virtually Hackathon.  
#21: Charity Everett : Go Back Fetch It
Charity Everett is an ARTiste who is working on a groundbreaking episodic storytelling project that utilizes AR while exploring the themes of humanity, and evolution of art, technology, and storytelling. Charity cut her teeth in XR while working on a VR musical experience as a part of the inaugural Oculus cohort. She has since completed multiple Artist residencies, spoken at GDC, AR in Action, and ArtTechPsyche IV at Harvard.   Show Notes: 0'00": Charity’s Background and first VR project 4'40": Mobile based AR and real world examples 5'30": Accessibility not just as an experience but as a medium anyone can use to express themselves. 7'35": What is Go Back Fetch it? 8'15": Challenging preconceived notions about our reality. 10'05": charities choice to root the digital experience in physical pieces. 11'00": How the project started and changed as Charity worked on it. 14'00": Basis for the title and art style of Go Back Fetch IT 15'05": A trip to the moon by Georges Méliès 16'30": development process and techniques for go back fetch it. 17'35": information about how to find charities work. 18'20": What should viewers take away from Go Back Fetch it? 19'50": where does charity expect people to interact with Go Back Fetch it? 21'00": What apps can be used to interact with Go Back Fetch it? 22'20": Advice from Charity to aspiring creatives 23'20": AR without coding and how to get started Twitter: @CharityARtiste
#20 Project Daredevil bringing immersive media to the Visually Impaired - Matthew Shifrin, Daniel Levine
Matthew Shifrin has been visually impaired his entire life and is working with Daniel Levine on Project Daredevil to make comics available in a more inclusive and accessible format than what currently exists. They are doing this with an experimental headset that allows for new sensations such as the feeling of flipping, falling through a portal and utilize that to immerse users into the scene. The core focus on the project is to make Daredevil, the only blind super hero, acessible to the visually impaired.   You contact Matt and Daniel via email at: Bookmarks: 0'00": What is Project Daredevil? 1'25": What blind people miss in film and comics. 2'55" “Hey, isn’t ironic that the comic book industry’s only blind character is completely inaccessible to blind people.” 3'44": Matt meets daredevil writer Mark Wade. 4'30": Experimental VR headset 5'40": What would different super heroes feel like? 6'35": how intense are the sensations from this header? 7'45": Current haptics and what innovation this headset brings 9'20": Practical Foley like eating potato chips 9'50": New England Conservatory Grant for the radio drama.   10'08": The energy that comes from a room of voice actors and the use of a 3D microphone. 11'40": What are the next steps for project daredevil? 12'45": Companies , conventions, and Authors in support of adapting their works to audio drama. Marvel, DC,Neil Gaiman, Jamie Delano. 14'45": What does this headset feel like? 16'00": The process of adapting comics to audio. 18'35": Can you have a VR or AR headset too? 20'55": How are these effects tested? 24'15": What are the theories behind the design of the headset to generate these effects? 26'30": Has this been done before? 27'00": What audio dramas inspired the type of work that is being done for project DareDevil? 28'15": Using headtracking with 3D audio to create new experiences. 32'15": This project is to bring blind children into comics and have the shared experience that sighted children have. Credits: Host: Craig Herndon, Produced by Jason Parks Music by Rachel Dziezynski Got comments on the show? Did we miss something? Did we get something wrong? Reach out to us on twitter.
#016 - Andy Greff - PLANR
Andy Greff is the CEO of PLNAR which generates fully measured 3D models of rooms for home planning and insurance adjustment. We touch on how PLNAR is helping replace a retiring workforced but also how it impacts hurricaine victims by getting them their insurance checks faster. PLNAR was selected as a finalist of the global AR pitch. This is episode is a first in a series of our coverage of the Global AR pitch finalists who presented at AWE 2018.   The PLNAR App creates fully measured 3D models of rooms. Simply follow the instructions to outline the inside of your room and PLNAR will generate a PLNAR Pro Report with pictures, interactive 3D Model and CAD files. Insurance claim assessment 01’48”: what can planr do for me? 03’47”: Global AR pitch process 04’35”: what devices does planr support or plan to? 05’20”: Problems with AR adoption 06’10”: teaching the user 06’55": difficulty of developing an AR product 09’15": how do insurance companies work with Planr? 11’05": what type of file types are supported? 11’55": using voice to annotate models 13’30": Genpact partnership 13’44": An aging workforce causing massive skills gap. 16’30": remote assistance 16’45": reducing the cost per claim of 30 million claims. 18’15”: Reducing reimbursement times from FEMA during natural disasters. 21'00”: Plnar is input agnostic and not tied to a device. 23’10: Tribe VR 24’10”: PLNAR has a lot of use cases that meet real world problems Links: Genpact Tribe VR   Watch the AWE Global AR Pitch from Andy: Credits: Host: Craig Herndon, Produced by Jason Parks Music by Rachel Dziezynski Got comments on the show? Did we miss something? Did we get something wrong? Reach out to us on twitter.

#016 - Andy Greff - PLANR


#015 Academy Award Winner Ross Shain
We chat with Ross Shain about his Sci-Tech Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts given to the Mocha team in 2013. Mocha has been used for the Harry Potter films, latest Marvel Movies such as Black Panther, and other known films such as Black Swan and Birdman. In short, In the Oscars for VFX the artist most likely used Mocha at some point in the workflow. Mocha VR has won multiple awards across the industry. Below is a sampling of the more recent awards. 2018 Advanced Imaging Society Technology Award -Mocha VR 2018 Studio Prim "Bleeding Edge Award" -Mocha VR 2017 Multiple "Best of Show Awards" at NAB (Post magazine, Digital Video Magazine)   In addition to Mocha, the parent company, Boris FX sells multiple editing tools. We talk with Ross about his experience and how these tools are being used for VR and 360 content. Bookmarks: 1'35": Ross explains how Mocha was used in Harry Potter films 3'00": Academy Sci-Tech Award and Plan Tracking Discussion 4'45": Black Swan Natalie Portman 6'00": Birdman - Michael Keaton 7'00": common editing issues object removal, stabilization, “invisible effects” 7'50": Ross’s favorite scenes, Harry Potter, Marvel films such as Black Panther 9'45": Are movies ruined for Ross? 11'15": History of visual effects in film such as Star Wars, King Kong, and other films that came before green screens. 14'20": What gaps is editing software does Boris FX and Mocha fill? 17'00": What challenges does Stereo bring to editing versus monoscopic? 20'50": stereographer 21'25": How did mocha get into 360 video 25'25": What’s the mocha team like? 26'50": Specific use cases that mocha 360 solves 30'35": types of 360 cameras in the market 32'12":Visual Effects arms race for 360 content 34'30":Common 360 video mistakes and how Mocha can solve them. 37'10": importance of reference shots and thinking about the set to avoid post production problems 38'40": Parent company BorisFx plug-ins for Adobe and Avid 39'10": Continuum VR unit by Boris Fx and features 40'57": How have creatives used mocha in ways that Ross did not expect? Stephen King IT. 43'00": Horror In VR , Speak of the Devil 44'35": Interactive 360 content 47'00": What is Ross’s favorite 360 content he has experienced? 47'50": Felix and Paul Isle of Dogs Experience 50'10": How Stephen Spielberg used VR while filming Ready Player One 52'05":What are the hard to reach problems that everyone would love solved via software but isn’t done yet? 53'50":Beat Saber 56'00": Speeding up the processing time per frame 57'50":Is the team looking to grow?    LINKS BorisFX Facebook mocha Facebook Boris FX Twitter Mocha on Twitter Training Tools for 360/VR Content Red 360 camera Light sail VR : Speak of the devil RYOT: Hulu Series Door no. 1  Wes Anderson : Fantastic Mr Fox Check out the Felix and Paul: Isle of Dogs : Behind the Scenes in  Google Spotlight Stories
#014 - Pax East VR Coverage Part 2
Welcome to part two of our Pax East Coverage! In this episode we talk with developers from Turin Italy and Melbourne Australia. In the first Interview we explored the VR experience "Blind" and speak with Matteo Lana from Tiny Bull studios to understand the inspiration and thought process behind the design choices. In the second interview(14'30") we went into a paper town in "Paperville Panic". Then chatted with the Master of Mache Meredith Hall from Ultimerse.   Featured Content: Paperville Panic - Ultimerse Blind - Tiny Bull Studios First Interview 2’55”: Puzzle design Process 4’50”: consulting with sight impaired and blind people for inspiration 11’39”: Surprise Attack Games (publisher) 12’18”: Blind is a narrative driven puzzle solving experience 13’28: The Warden Second Interview 14’30: Paperville Panic Interview with Merideth Hall 15’48: Budget Cuts 17:00: Paperville Panic Art style 17:55: Locomotion: free roam and locking the player in. 18:55: A paper town with paper rules and quirks. 22:20: Melbourne development community 23’50”: VR isn’t going anywhere 27:00 “Sometimes you get home from work and you don’t feel like having the weight of the world on your shoulders. But the weight of a papertown? That you can do!” 27’06”: influences from other games 27:55”- alternating mechanics   Studio shout outs: Opaque Media Group Earthlight Samurai Punk: American Dream Tin man studios
#013 - Pax East VR Coverage Part 1
Welcome to Part 1 of our Pax East Coverage. We talk with Montreal developer trebuchet about their second VR title "Jousting Time" and their original title prison boss VR. We then talk to Stuido about "The take" which is remincent of spy vs spy. It's a unique concept. Both Jousting time and the take make these vr experiences fun to watch and implement social aspects which make them great for spectators when guests are over. We're interested to see how more VR devs try to break VR from the premature "Isolating" tag it has been given. 00’50”: Interview with Trebuchet 02’45”: Social interaction for spectators 04’20”: Twitch integration 05’30”: Kickstarter 07’00”: The yelling mechanic 08'00”: Armor system 09’30”: Match Format 11’00”: Why Kickstarter? Can it fund development? 12’40”: Prison Boss VR 14’00”: Resource management 16’50”: Pricing 18’00”: Picking items 19’00”: Interview with Stuido 20’00”: playcrafting NY 20’45”: The Take summary 22’35”: Origin of comic book art style 24’00": Release roadmap for other headsets 24’48”: What were some VR design challenges ? 25’48”: Making an accessible VR experience. 27’05": Fun to watch 28’28": What are some challenges as a VR studio? Kickstart info for Jousting Time at Prison Boss VR The Take Play Crafting Credits: Host: Craig Herndon, Produced by Jason Parks Music by Rachel Dziezynski Got comments on the show? Did we miss something? Did we get something wrong? Reach out to us on twitter.
#012 - Eric Vezzoli - GoTouchVR - Virtuality Podcast
We talk with Eric Vezzoli of gotouchvr and dig beyond haptics as a tool for increased immersion. We discuss how haptics is currently best used for training motor memory, the differences between U.S. and European start ups along with other uses for haptics outside of VR. Eric is the youngest awarded by the European Commission for outstanding research applied to entrepreneurship in at the MSCA 2017 prizes. He is one of the most cited young Haptic Scientist in the world. He published 23 scientific papers and deposed 5 patents. 00’57”: Eric background 02’50”: Haptics is a bidirectional interaction                                04’00”: There is no one solution for haptics                              08’00”: Using real world objects to enhance the virtual experience. 09’20”: It is not clear how to communicate touch. Nor is there a protocol                                                                                11'00": Haptics companies are struggling to justify the cost versus benefit.                                                                                12’20”: Getting investor attention for a Haptic device. 13’28”: Using Haltic’s to train multi modal memory 15’58”: Haptics aren’t scalable 17’25”: Haptics aren’t shareable 20’35”: Haptics as a platform 24’25": The Haptics community is small 26’22": Go Touch VR: The VR Glove without a glove. 30’45”: Who is Go Touch working with? 32’11”: what’s next for Haptics? 35’05”: What’s the difference between U.S. and European start ups? 37’40”: What is the European VR community like? 40’40”: How does one get into Haptics? 43’18”: How is haptics used outside of VR? 46’30”: Can Haptics increase user engagement? 49’13”: How can we make haptic devices shareable? 50’30”: What are the next steps for Gotouch VR? 53’20”: Can consumers get Gotouch VR? Credits: Host: Craig Herndon, Produced by Jason Parks Music by Rachel Dziezynski Got comments on the show? Did we miss something? Did we get something wrong? Reach out to us on twitter.
#011 - Kathy Bisbee - Brookline Interactive - Public VR Lab - Virtuality Podcast
Welcome to Season 2 of the Virtuality Podcast. We brought Kathy Bisbee on the show to talk about the Brookline Interactive Group and their Public VR Lab. Once a community broadcast group, Kathy has led the transformation into a media center with VR at it's focus. We talk about her projects locally and with the United Nations. 0'00" Brookline interactive group 4'00" Public vr lab 6'15" projects for the United Nations 9'45" Cultural differences in experiencing VR 11'45" Immersive story telling and media literacy 15'00" Hero’s journey 17'15" Agency within an experience 18'50" Difficulties of communicating what VR is like to those who haven't tried it. 20'20" AR experience with local monuments 21'26" possibilities with the freedom trail 23'00" Standardization of distribution in AR 24'00" Location based services 24'48" Creating a community for collaborative creation without economic incentives 27'05" Empowering new creators with the skill set to make their own XR experiences 28'40" Is google cardboard doing VR a disservice? 31'23" VR is on the eve of adoption 31'45" Technology driven adoption versus Consumer first Adoption 33'40" What first demo 34'20" Creator of Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland at VRLA 2017 35'55" VR creatives need to think about what people want 37'40" importance of Location based VR experiences 39'48" VR is a paradigm shift equivalent to the internet 41'00" Public VR lab projects 43'00" Immigration stories told through VR 48'00" Dip in VR adoption makes it a great time to learn 49'30" We need more diversity in VR 50'15" purpose of viveport 52'50" Talk to your community media centers about VR 53'50" Hamilton is just one immigration story, what could more do? 56'31" making the experiences, technology , and VR industry as a whole accessible. Links: Public VR : Hubweek Justin Roiland co-creator of Rick and Morty VRLA talk Eyes Wide Open: VR Journalism The Blu or Ritchie’s plank Google Earth Future of storytelling festival Mindtrek VR Traces Credits: Host: Craig Herndon, Produced by Jason Parks Music by Rachel Dziezynski Got comments on the show? Did we miss something? Did we get something wrong? Reach out to us on twitter.
010 - 2017 VR Review - Jason Parks - Craig Herndon - Virtuality Podcast
Join us as we reflect on 2017 and recap the big moments that stuck out for us this year! This is the first episode where we decided to just sit down and chat instead of an interview. Let us know what you think and may do more like this! 0'00" State of the industry: sales overview 2'00" AAA’s come in VR -Skyrim 4'00" Farpoint 5'25" Favorite VR experience this year -Chocolate 7'48" From other suns 9'55" House of the dying sun 11'28" Using joysticks for movement 12'00" episode highlights of the virtuality podcast 15'40" big stories from 2017 19'19" so many headsets! 20'20" headset recommendations 22'25" TP cast wireless VR 23'35" Stand-alone headsets ' Oculus Go, Vive focus 25'15" Oculus commercial license 26'25" exit reality 28'40" Social VR 31'00" Facebook spaces 34'00" Vancouver VR Scene : CVR expo (rebranded to 35'55" Call to action 36'30" Ready player one 39'00" Movie VR experiences 40'10" China VR Scene 42'21" Mind Trek VR 42'50" VR, AR, XR, MR... what? 44'55" Magic Leap Headset 48'13" AR tools and solutions 49'30" VR fitness challenge #VRFit 52'50" did we miss anything? Websites: - this site shows how many calories a vr expereince burns on average Boston VR steam group:  VRTK - Ready Player One: Experiences and games: Chocolate vr expereince - From other suns - Farpoint - Skyrim VR - Fallout 4 VR - Doom VR - Pavlov VR (essentiall vr counterstrike) - Vacation Simulator - Headsets: Standard headsets: Vive Oculus Rift Playstation VR : Newer headsets Pimax VR headset - Magic leap- Lenovo - Suite of Microsoft headsets - Standalone headsets: Oculus Go - Vive Focus - Social VR Alt space High fidelity VRChat Facebook spaces VR Near you Void : Mindtrek TPCAST (wirless vr for vive) - Exit reality - Conferences mentioned: Pax South - CES - Vancouver VR Conference - SVVR - AWE - Credits: Host: Craig Herndon, Produced by Jason Parks Music by Rachel Dziezynski Got comments on the show? Did we miss something? Did we get something wrong? Reach out to us on twitter.  
#009 - Hugh Handcock - Left Hand Path - Virtuality Podcast
We invited Hugh Hancock, founder of and the person who coined the term of the art form “Machinima”. We discuss how Machinima’s early days relate closely to the VR medium today. Hugh’s background in film feature itself in the story and presentation of Strange Companies premiere VR title “Left-Hand Path” which released on steam November 10th. It is one of few experiences featuring over 15 hours of content. We go into the game’s mechanics before wrapping up with a brief discussion of motion capture and the state of the VR market for indies. 0’00": Summary 1’00": Hello 2’00": Machinima vs : What's Machinima? 5'15": What did Machinima mean to film and creators when it started? 11'48": When was it apparent Machinima was a new medium for film? 14'25": Video streaming before YouTube 16'15": The Server Froze 18'25": Limits of technology in 1996 for machinima 23'00": How did manage the actors/cast? 27'45": Legal Barriers to Machinima 36'00": How long would Bloodspell take today? 37'50": VR as a new medium for film 40'00": Avatar “technically machinima”:clarifying Hugh’s definition for Machinima 43'00": VR makes it easer to produce 46'00": Left Hand Path 51'10": “This game is designed to make you feel like a scared, fragile, human” 52'40": Casting spells like you're a wizard 56'25": Husk mechanic 57'45": Latest monsters 59'45": Types of spells 61'20": Lovecraftian influence 62'20": What’s next for Left Hand Path? 63'00": What’s after Left Hand Path? 64'22": What’s the limit of tech now? 68'40": Motion Capture systems: NVN, Neuron Perception, Rokoko,Hi5 Glove 80'20": Left-Hand Path and how indie devs are more accessible than their AAA counter parts. 80'22": Flight sims and training 88'10": The indie difficulty of content discovery and marketing in VR 91'50": Will we miss the Minecraft of VR? Show notes: Left-Hand Path: Hugh’s company website: Hugh’s twitter: Links mentioned: BloodSpell: Eschaton Nightfall: Not currently available online. Darkening Twilight: (Part1) Death Knight Love Story: Hardly Workin' : Male Restroom Etiquette: The machinima piece Craig worked on: Operation Burning Sands Part 1: BF2 Mine video mentioned by Craig: Affectiva: Virzoom: Face fx: Raquette NX: Credits: Host: Craig Herndon Produced by Jason Parks Music by Rachel Dziezynski Got comments on the show? Reach out to us on twitter.  
#008 - The Glimpse Group - Lyron Bentovim - Virtuality Podcast
Lyron Bentovim is President and CEO of the Glimpse Group based out New York City. We cover the NYVR Expo, the challenges of being a startup, and how the Glimpse Group addreses those roadblocks. Later in the show we harp on the power of community and the importance of engaging your passion. Best part for us is when Lyron confirmed Boston is a potential new hub for the Glimpse Group. 0'00" : NYVR Expo 1'40" : NYVR start up pitch 6'10" : What is the Glimpse Group 10'10": Building a team atmosphere 12'28": What was the series A funding for? 14'50": Boston Hub 16'00": Launching a start up 18'40": A product for today 20'15": Various verticals within the Glimpse Group 25'10": The challenges of raising capital as a start up 28'50": Expectations once funded 32'00": When are you ready for funding? 34'30": The Glimpse model is unique 36'00": Room, Desk, or car? 39'40": What should parents do to ready their child for a start up? 41'00": Engage your passion 44'50": Alt Space Salute and the power of community 46'55": Fictional worlds have a draw 47'45": Lyron’s favorite headset 59'40": Closing comments Questions for Lyron? Reach out to him at: Show Links: Credits: Host: Craig Herndon,@craigtherndon Produced by Jason Parks @jasonparksvr, Music by Rachel Dziezynski Got comments on the show? Reach out to us on twitter. @virtualitycast
#006 - Leap Motion - Rachel Sibley - Virtuality Podcast
We talk with Rachel Sibley from Leap Motion and discuss her background, the new Leap Motion interaction engine and their partnership with Qualcomm. Earmarked Sections 3’00”: Rachel's background 6’30”: embodied and active cognition 7’58”: episodic memory 11’52”: phantom pain and body transfer 14’55”: interaction engines and design 17’00”: deep presence and narrative control 19’00”: leap motion interaction engine 22’35”: leap motion Qualcomm 28’48”: personal backgrounds and domain knowledge 34’40”: Skeuomorphism Show Links: Patreon link Additional Resources: Leap Motion Overview: Leap Motion Interaction Engine Effects of Enactment in Episodic Memory: A Pilot Virtual Reality Study with Young and Elderly Adults Embodied Cognition and Virtual Reality in Learning to Visualize Anatomy Experiencing Physical Warmth Promotes Interpersonal Warmth Credits: Hosts: Craig Herndon,@craigtherndon, Neil Gupta, @mrneilgupta Produced by Jason Parks @jasonparksv, Music by Rachel Dziezynski Got comments on the show? Reach out to us on twitter. @virtualitycast
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#005 - Morph 3D - Ben Hesson & Jesse Janzer - Virtuality Podcast

#005 - Morph 3D - Ben Hesson & Jesse Janzer - Virtuality Podcast