Bay Area: Come Talk About Lightfields with Us (9/13)

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For the VR/AR Association's next San Francisco chapter event, we'll dive into lightfields. Join us on September 13 for an evening of networking, food and illuminating discussion.

We'll examine the future outlook, as well as work being done today for volumetric photo capture in interior spaces like real estate. 

What's a lightfield, you ask?

Several technologies are required for VR's holy grail: the fabled holodeck. We already have graphical VR experiences that let us move throughout volumentric spaces, such as video games. And we have photorealistic media that lets us look around a 360 plane from a fixed position (a.k.a. head tracking).

But what about the best of both worlds?

We're talking volumetric spaces in which you can move around, but are also photorealistic. In addition to things like positional tracking and lots of processing horsepower, the heart of this vision is lightfields. They define how photons hit our eyes and render what we see.

Because it's a challenge to capture photorealistic imagery from every possible angle in a given space -- as our eyes do in real reality -- the art of lightfields in VR involves extrapolating many vantage points, once a fixed point is captured. And that requires clever algorithms, processing, and whole lot of data.

Join us on September 13 to learn more about this key lynchpin in VR's future

Please note that this is the rescheduled occurrence of our June event of the same name. Registrants for June's event will be admitted free. Please respond to this email for a comp code. VRARA members also get in free, as always (choose "member" option at checkout).



Speakers

Alex Song, Director of Engineering, VR, Lytro

Alex Song, Director of Engineering, VR, Lytro

Colvin Pitts, Senior Architect, Lytro

Colvin Pitts, Senior Architect, Lytro

Eric Trabold, Chief Business Officer, Avegant

Eric Trabold, Chief Business Officer, Avegant

Ryan Damm, Lightfield Thought Leader, Co-Founder, Visby

Ryan Damm, Lightfield Thought Leader, Co-Founder, Visby

Emily Olman, SF Chapter Co-President, VRARA; Founder, Hopscotch Interactive

Emily Olman, SF Chapter Co-President, VRARA; Founder, Hopscotch Interactive

Mike Boland, SF Chapter Co-President, VRARA; Chief Analyst, ARtillry.

Mike Boland, SF Chapter Co-President, VRARA; Chief Analyst, ARtillry.


Learn more about the VR/AR Association, San Francisco Chapter here


Mike Boland

Michael Boland is Chief Analyst and VP of Content for BIA/Kelsey, covering online and mobile media. Mike is a frequent speaker at top industry conferences such as BIA/Kelsey events, Search Engine Strategies, ad:tech, and WHERE 2.0. He has authored in-depth reports on the changing local media landscape including online video, social networking and mobile. He contributes regularly to highly read online news sources such as Business Insider and the Huffington Post. A trusted source for reporters covering the interactive media space, his comments have appeared in major news and trade media, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Forbes. Previously he was a San Francisco-based freelance writer for business and technology magazines, such as Red Herring, Business 2.0, and Mobile Magazine. Mike began his career in business analysis and journalism as a staff reporter for Forbes magazine, where he covered tech & media.