I have a lot of random things that I wanted to roll up into one blog post, so fasten those virtual seatbelts and get ready for a lot of rapid-fire topic changes! All prepared? Great!
First things first – I have a new gadget to play with! At this point, I’ve had my Samsung Gear 360 for about two weeks, and I have to say, I’m completely in love with it. I also bought a ridiculously hardcore selfie stick to go with it, and I’ve been having a blast taking it out to different events and using it to capture 360 degree photos. I’ve also recorded a sample video with the built-in stitching, but I haven’t had a chance to try the ActionDirector software (I hear it does a better job than the S6 app does) to film a high-resolution shot. I’m hoping to get to that sometime this week!
Second, I’ve been (along with who knows how many other people) playing Pokemon Go and I think that it’s hilarious. I’ve definitely been going on more walks, and I’ve been inspired to take longer routes to work because of the gamification of the mundane. What was previously a somewhat repetitive, yet necessary action, is now just a little bit more fun.
I want to take a second to reflect on Pokemon Go. Past all of the “Does it actually count as real augmented reality” questions, I think that it’s a good sign that people are getting positive experiences with “new reality” experiences. While mobile AR is a category outside of head-mounted technologies, Pokemon Go is a refreshing change from a lot of other game styles that have been reigning over the mobile gaming category throughout the past few years. In my opinion, this is a pretty good indicator that this is a plus for immersive technology!
Aside from what I’ve been playing around with lately, I’ve also been heads down in a few projects that I’ve been working on and I’m really excited to be able to share a little bit more about them now!
The first thing that I’ve been hard at work with is planning and starting the ARVR Academy meetup group. We partnered with ARVR Women to run an initial pilot in the spring, and we’re adding quite a few sessions for the fall covering topics from design, development, product planning, career growth, business strategy, and much more! If you’re in the SF Bay Area (or just are interested in following what we’re up to!) feel free to join us or check out our website for more details. This is the next step for helping create resources for those who are looking into getting into the VR and AR industries, and I couldn’t be happier to finally be able to share this now!
The second thing that I’m excited to share is that I’m writing a book! I just got the first draft edits back yesterday and I’m so excited for how it’s coming together. The book will be aimed at helping break down the VR industry for people coming to the industry from non-technical roles, interested in learning how to develop a knowledge of today’s immersive technology industry and how the different roles, tools and platforms come together for different purposes to make VR and AR content. There’s no official release date yet, but keep an eye out for more updates – it will hopefully be sooner, rather than later!
Stay tuned – more exciting news, coming your way soon!