We actually got a Hololens!

I am so unbelievably lucky!

My housemate Claire has some great connections in the tech industry. Working at a start up incubator, she obtained two Hololens dev kit’s – one of which she was able to bring home.

I’m not going to lie…I had a count down calendar and I checked off the days leading up to it’s arrival. And I was not disappointed.

Playing with mixed reality for the first time was a truly moving experience. Like, using a mobile phone for the first time. Like playing with my first laptop. Blissssssss.

I made a video to share my experience. Enjoy. x

 

Create Mixed Reality Masterpieces

Every now and again you’ve got to take a step back and have a look at the direction your ship is pointing. Over the last three weeks, i’ve taken the time to do a ‘deep dive’ (such nautical themes in this post) into my ship’s direction.

My interest is (has always been) future tech, sci fi, fantasy, and ‘figuring things out’. Thus far, this has manifested in a 10 year career in digital business – as a Digital Producer/Digital Product Manger.  While i’ve learned a lot and this has been fairly fulfilling till now – it’s not nearly close enough to my real interest area.

I’ve redefined what I want to do and rendered it into the following statement:

Create mixed reality experiences that entertain/help people

 

I want to create my own studio where myself and a group of programmers, sound engineers and artists create mixed reality apps for devices like the Hololens/Magic leap/Meta (and their next, next gen grandchildren) and make money selling those apps. And have a f**king great time in the process. I want to make the ‘Candy crush‘ of Hololens. Maybe a little lot less soul destroying.

Will technology induced loneliness become a non-issue?

While focused at work today, one of the senior executives exclaimed:

“Imagine if the phone had been invented after email.”

This instantly got me thinking.

Ignoring that the sequence of events that sprouted the internet were dependant on ‘the phone’ being created – there is something to be gleaned from this charming question.

Think about this.
If the phone had been invented after email, people who previously felt  a social disconnect would suddenly discover a new way to connect. Voice. With it’s warmth, tone, inflection, and lack of ‘back space key’. Their communication suddenly takes a step toward connectedness.

Using this new technology, they would be forced to have more fulfilling interactions day to day. No longer are they just an email address.

Why is this fascinating?

  • The invention of email increased efficiency (debatable of course) and decreased the feeling of social connection – as compared to phone calls.
  • Imagine if something was invented today that truly increased efficiency AND the increased the feeling of social connectedness. An opposing force to the ‘social disconnectedness’ of our time. A cure.

Imagine a world where we can benefit from the convenience and efficiency of advanced communication technology over the internet and have truly meaningful relationships with friends, family and lovers. Digital relationships that fulfil us, and could permanently replace face to face. I could suddenly reconnect with my family who live in New Zealand and it would be like I never left.

It’s a fresh perspective to think this social issue could be but a blip on the radar of our time. The feeling of social disconnectedness could just be a mainstream phenomena that lasts only 10 – 20 years. Soon – it won’t be a thing we talk about any more.

Right, I need to get back to work…

Purchasing my own 360 camera

For a long time, the concept of purchasing my own 36o video camera was like a glimmer of light in the distance. I knew the day would come. Around a year ago – I went on a hunt to find a 360 video camera that would allow me to capture 360 film in good quality without a) Blowing the bank and b) Making me cry because of how crap it was.

At the time – there were a few options: 

  1. Back one of the many kick starter campaigns out there and wait.
  2. Purchase a go-pro rig. 6 – 12 go-pro’s rigged together to form a cluster that captured video in 360.
  3. Spend 1 billion dollars and buy something professional.
  4. Suck it up and wait for another year before I had some real options.

Which VR/AR award is most prestigious?

As creators move beyond ‘proof of concept’ experiences and into magical cinematic masterpieces – I wonder how will they will be officially recognised?

Do you think virtual reality will find it’s way to the Oscars? Cannes? How about the MTV video awards? We might see popular video games award shows create new categories. Or maybe virtual reality/augmented reality will get it’s own black tie event …where we all swoon over the gowns of virtual darlings.

I’ve done some research to find out some awards shows that exist right now, and while it’s in no way a comprehensive list – it does prove that the seed has been sewn:

1) The Proto Awards

https://www.protoawards.com/

By the Virtual Reality foundation who also bring us the Virtual Reality Expo. A dedicated virtual reality event with categories for: