The Recipe for VR Content is Posted on a Wall at MoPop

Yesterday, as I was wandered through MoPop‘s Nirvana exhibit for, oh, the hundredth time, I spotted the following list of Ingredients for a Thriving Local Music Scene, posted on a wall:

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The museum refreshes the exhibit enough that I always find something new to focus on in their hall of Kurt, Chris, and Dave. This new wall display immediately lit up the pleasure centers of my brain as I saw distinct parallels between MoPop’s presentation of the ingredients of a thriving local music scene and what’s bubbling up right now in Seattle’s VR community. Continue reading “The Recipe for VR Content is Posted on a Wall at MoPop”

2016: The Year Seattle Embraced Virtual and Augmented Reality

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Trond Nilsen addressing the September VR Hackathon

Ed: This post was made possible by the mad compiling and organization skills of Eva Hoerth and Kayla Didier.

As we pull the curtains on 2016, we’re coming to a consensus that this was a horrible, no-good, rotten, very bad year. We lost cherished icons and elevated a reality star bigot to the office of President of the United States. Terrorism, refugee crises, Brexit, and other calamities flowed through our news feeds amid fake news concocted by Russian spies, climate change deniers, and white supremacists. And yet a bright spot appeared this year, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, with the emergence of the virtual and augmented reality industry. Continue reading “2016: The Year Seattle Embraced Virtual and Augmented Reality”

The Weekend VR Became Impossible to Ignore in Seattle

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Trond Nilsen presenting awards at Seattle VR Hackathon IV. Photo courtesy Shawn Whiting.

September 16-18, 2016 was a watershed moment for Seattle’s VR/AR community. For anyone drawn to creating or experiencing VR/AR, there was literally too much for one person to absorb. VR Hackathon IV at Sand Point, the Art Hack on Capitol Hill, and the VR Maker Dome at Seattle Center all delivered big on the promise of this new medium, and Seattle is never going to be the same. Continue reading “The Weekend VR Became Impossible to Ignore in Seattle”

Who Is Teaching Cinematic VR in Seattle?

I happened upon an article on 3D VR Central written way back in February titled “Who Will be the George Lucas of VR? Film Schools Just Started Teaching It.” The big takeaway here is that America’s two big film schools–NYU and USC–have already begun incorporating VR into their curriculum. Also, those who are teaching VR are themselves still in the process of learning about it. … Continue reading Who Is Teaching Cinematic VR in Seattle?

Big VR VC News at CNDY Factory

I woke up to some news on Facebook that a pretty momentous-sounding meeting went down last night at CNDY Factory between members of the VR Venture Capital Alliance and local VR leaders including Williard Williams, Trond Nilsen, Thomas Le, and Eva Hoerth. Here’s an excerpt of CNDY Factory head honcho Tim Reha’s FB post: We had a fortuitous meeting with Mr. Alvin Wang Graylin, China … Continue reading Big VR VC News at CNDY Factory

CNDY Factory

I keep hearing buzz about this new VR production facility a block off Westlake called CNDY Factory. They just opened and are starting to host hackathons and demos and such. They’ve got audio, video, and mixed reality studios in addition to a cool name. I’ve signed up for their mailing list and hope to visit soon. I’m keeping an eye on this place. In fact, … Continue reading CNDY Factory