These last few years have seen renewed interest in virtual and augmented reality, as Moore's Law has finally allowed these technologies to become available to consumers. Much of that interest has focused on experiences for individual participants, or else for people located remotely from each other, as in on-line gaming applications.The focus of our research at the NYU Future Reality Lab is quite different. We are exploring how people will use future mixed reality technologies to better communicate and interact with each other when they are in the same physical space. Creating such experiences is quite challenging, as it requires very high spatial accuracy and very low latency.The argument for taking this more challenging approach is simple: When given the choice, people engage in activities that involve the physical presence of people they know, whether those activities be seeing a movie or play, going to a music concert, dining at a restaurant, watching sports, or just hanging out over a beer.Physical co-presence will continue to be central to interaction between people. We envision the resulting future as a place where language itself will take on new and rich visual dimensions, a sort of combination of Harry Potter and Harold and the Purple Crayon.
You will better understand the challenges and opportunities of high quality co-located multi-user mixed reality, and you will see some eyeopening examples of future reality. There will be demos.
Being here gives me a lot of energy - and I’m sure a lot of other people too, to keep going. And I hope I can be here again in maybe 10, 20, 30 years!
I love coming to Develop:Brighton – it’s a great chance to network, tell people what you’re up to, have meetings, do business deals.. also finding some great talks and great information from some of the best speakers around. It’s a regular thing I come to every year and I can’t imagine not coming.
It’s not just about the great talks, but it’s about bringing together the whole community, it’s the networking – it’s just amazing, we love it!
Co-founder, Dlala Studios
The quality of the attendees is very high – lots of interesting folks asking some great questions and there are some sweet names who are presenting.
Head of Games, Kickstarter
It’s key to have UK events like this that allow the coming together of developers, sharing of knowledge, networking, deals to be struck and fun to be had!
Operations Lead, Make Real
I think really it’s important for developers to get together at events like Develop, share war stories and learn from one another.
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Journalist, Reporter and Writer
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