Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Event: XR STATUS, FALL 2020, Experiments in Digital Storytelling & Advances in Technology
FALL 2020 – XR STATUS UPDATE!
Experiments in Digital Storytelling
Advances in Technology
TUE NOV 24, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 EST
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eXtended Reality (XR) includes all the content, all the issues, all the technology that is enabled by the exponential growth of digital computation, doubling in power every 2 to 3 years. We are now at a stage in this development where every doubling introduces profound changes in our lives!
Our reality is indeed extended as we learn more and more ways to understand the world we live in, through the facts that science reveals, and the fiction, the storytelling, that helps us understand that world.
In this talk we will provide an Overview (with details to the limit of what’s possible in an hour) of the current status of XR as of Fall 2020, plus links to supplementary resources.
We will explore ways that creative artists have used and are exploring digital technology in telling stories: From scattered remote locations, To a remote audience --including Zoom theater, Social spaces, Avatars, Holographic renditions, interactivity, the Spatial Web and more.
And we will review new VR and AR headsets, changing modes of using XR, and new developments in VR cameras, volumetric capture & point clouds, real time processing, development frameworks, the Spatial Web, 5G, AI, and the main ecosystems (Facebook/Oculus, Microsoft, SONY, Valve, HTC and more). Plus… rumors on what’s coming!
We will see how storytelling and improving technology work together. And we will provide a guide to resources for learning, developing, understanding, and keeping up with the news in XR.
The speaker will be Eric Roffman
Eric was a backer of the Oculus Kickstarter. He invented the term eXtended Reality (XR) in 2015. He created THE AMERICAN FILM MAGAZINE, selling the title to the AFI, later creating the online site QPORIT: Quick Previews Of Random Interesting Things - writing news, views, reviews, previews and interviews on film, theater, public issues, and new technology, (especially XR).
Eric has a PhD in Theoretical Physics, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Courant Institute, and CN Yang’s group at Stony Brook University. He wrote a book on Neutrino Astrophysics. And created one of the first animated films from computer generated scientific research results. He also ran a few planetarium shows at City College.
Eric invented an award-winning multimedia computer game, created live interactive demos for IBM, made dramatic stagings of Shakespeare’s sonnets, and numerous XR fictional and interview videos, and was a Director of Viacom’s channel websites.
Eric is currently converting QPORIT from the current flat web (web 2.0) to the Spatial Web (aka web 3.0 or webXR).
He is also writing a book:
FUTURE of US All
Friday, November 06, 2020
ERIC ROFFMAN - BIO NOTES:
- Invented the term eXtended Reality in 2015
- It’s now in common use.
- QPORIT: Quick Previews Of Random Interesting Things -- news, views, reviews, interviews, and previews of eXtended Reality, theater, film, and other Interesting Things!
- Rift Kickstarter Backer.
- Organizer: NYXR, StoryCode, & StoryForward Meetups; over 3,000 total members.
- “THE SEVENTH PITCH FOR PI DAY” -3D 360 VR dramatic short with spatial audio.
- “SORROWS END” – XR dramatic short with live action and programmed robots.
- Many interviews, in various 2D, 3D, 180, 360 formats.
FILM – Founded The American Film Magazine; Founded QPORIT; many filmed interviews.
THEATER – Adapted Directed and Produced plays from Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
GAMES – Invented Millennium Auction, award winning multimedia computer game.
· Press included:
o Ten Best List in multiple game magazines
o A featured part of a cover story in Business Week
o An editorial story in the NYT.
- Member Institute for Advanced Studies.
- Book on “Neutrino Astrophysics”.
- One of the first computer graphic videos for scientific visualization.
COMPUTING – IBM, Chase, Citibank, WebXR programming for QPORIT XR.
INTERNET – Website Director for Viacom’s channels.
ETHICS IN COMMERCE
- Study on Personalization for IBM,
- Platform Chairman for Student Young Democratic National Convention.
- “Ethics & eXtended Reality” – Talk at NY Virtual Reality Meetup
TECHNICAL MARKETING – IBM demos on Internet collaboration shown around the world.
CONSULTING – Met Life, Morgan Stanley, Chase, Citibank, many more...
IN PROGRESS: a book
FUTURE of US All