Virtual reality is the next big thing in the world of computer entertainment. Keeping this trend in mind, this year, the immersive technology will be the main focus of SIGGRAPH, the annual convention and exhibition, which is going to be held in Vancouver. The first yearly gathering of The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques was held in Vancouver in 2011. This year, SIGGRAPH will be held from 10th August to 14th August at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
There will be a number of events that will be open to the public. You can get an ‘exhibit plus’ pass at $75 with which you will be able to gain admission to tech talks, the art gallery, the exhibition and demonstrations of emerging technologies.
The Future is Here event will be held on 10th August at 3.45 PM. This is an event where a panel of pioneers will be discussing about the technological advances that are taking place now in virtual and augmented reality. The conversation will be moderated by the cofounder of NextGen Interactions, Jason Jerald.
Researchers like Henry Fuchs from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Steven Feiner from Columbia University will be in the panel. Others include developers like Palmer Luckey of Oculus VR, Jeri Ellsworth of Technical Illusions’ CastAR and Richard Marks of Project Morpheus of Sony.
According to Jerald, virtual reality is a replication of the real world which is done by replacing it with computer-generated signs. Augmented reality on the other hand, improves the real world. According to a computer scientist at the Centre for Digital Media, Kimberley Voll, virtual reality helps people to feel like their brain is really there.
Virtual reality has become affordable over the past few years and its quality has also increased significantly, thereby proving how this technology is making progress.
Other AR-VR Events
Apart from the Future is Here, there will be other AR-VR events that will be held in SIGGRAPH. They include a panel discussing technologies on 11th August in morning. Later in the day, there will be a discussion of history and future of VR and AR. On 12th August, developers will give demonstrations during Real- Time Live!
From 12th to 14th August, there will be an indie-game display which has been curated by the Media Indie Exchange.
So, this year at SIGGRAPH, the focus will be mainly on virtual reality.
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