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A week of the Game Developers Conference 2011
GDC 2011 just finished last week and wow do I have a game developer hangover! What an insane week of intense sessions on gaming, walking the expo floor, aisle conversations, meetings, and great parties.
This year I was in on a media pass and got full access to the latest and greatest from the game industry. No I didn't get the Google Chrome Notebooks or Motorola Xooms they passed out to the entire audience of certain sessions, but by far this year's show was the best for things I am interested in.
Even though I am not a game developer per se, there were plenty of sessions in areas of interest. The Kinect had several sessions, there was a full day of Unity3D, a few sessions about augmented reality, and some on web3D technologies.
A bonus of being media, I got the chance to participate in new product/game releases.
Ogmento had a location based multi-player AR game for iPhone that GDC attendees could play called Paranormal Activity: Sanctuary. Find out more about the game here.
The Khronos Group released the final specification for WebGL 1.0, a specification that brings OpenGL hardware-accelerated graphics to supporting web browsers. Official press release.
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con·nec·tion (kəˈnekSH(ə)n/) noun - a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else
A major component to my work over the years has been creating
connections. Connections between various industries and immersive
technologies, the flat web with 3D, and connections between people. In
retrospect I know this was a major variable for why when the opportunity
to organize a web developer conference for Samsung came up earlier this
year I jumped on the chance. Given this realization came later, I’m
labeling it reason #3 for why I had to participate in making a web developer conference happen.
So let’s warp right past light speed and look at some exciting things
happening on the web right now. E-commerce, a major use of web traffic,
now makes up 11.9% of all retail sales and will be responsible for about
$2.4 trillion in B2C sales globally
this year. Yet even with its growth, a majority of shopping carts are
abandoned due to the steps nee…
It has finally happened, virtual reality is getting religion! It started yesterday when I read a post on UploadVR (a great resource for VR and related news) about a Bible app for Google Cardboard called Bible VRX. Bible VRX, developed by Derek Ham, puts users in different scenes from the Bible with, "a mission to use advanced technology to communicate the stories of the Bible, stories of faith, hope, and love”.
One can see in the video below some of the scenes it is possible to visit. According to the article this app is just a prototype that Derek hopes to build out with other scenes that have music, narration, and animated effects.
So this got me thinking. Religion is such a integral part of humanity and this is probably the first virtual reality application I have heard of anyone doing. There were plenty of digital religious experiences back in the heyday of virtual worlds so surely this cannot be the case I thought. To Google I went to find other religious VR experiences …