Wednesday Morning Discussion/Demonstrations Delve into Virtual Reality
Virtual reality (VR), once the stuff of science fiction, is now poised to move into the mainstream through consumer devices like the Oculus Rift (purchased by Facebook for $2 billion), the mobile phone-powered Samsung GearVR (in partnership with Oculus) and Google’s Cardboard headsets for Android phones. In addition, digital information is moving back into physical space through body-responsive displays and augmented reality headsets.
What does this mean for the future of our living rooms, entertainment media and journalism? Will it be long before there’s a virtual headset—or many—in every household? Or 3D-display TVs? Or holodecks?
Three accomplished practitioners will discuss current developments in the field and peer into the future with their presentation “You Are (Really) There*: Virtual Reality, Responsive Environments and Experiential Media” on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 7:30-9 a.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3 on the Syracuse University campus.
Speaking and demonstrating will be:
- Dan Pacheco, the Peter A. Horvitz Chair of Journalism Innovation at the Newhouse School, instructor of a new “Virtual Reality Storytelling” course and VR consultant for media companies;
- Lorne Covington, immersive installation artist, responsive environment technologist and principal at NoirFlux, who has created his own “Holobarn” on his property in Mottville, N.Y., and collaborated on the construction of the Newhouse School’s responsive display wall; and
- Frank Biocca, professor of communications, author of “Communication in the Age of Virtual Reality” and director of the Newhouse School’s M.I.N.D. Lab, part of a network of collaborative research labs for scholarly work in communication, cognitive science and human-computer interaction.
The event—co-presented by Pacheco and Social Media Breakfast Syracuse—is free and open to the public. Light breakfast refreshments will be provided. Parking is available at a reasonable hourly rate in the University Avenue Garage; on-street parking on the University Hill is free through 9 a.m.
Those interested in attending are asked to R.S.V.P. here.