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Hello and welcome to a very special episode of the Enter VR podcast! On this episode I’m joined by my friends Dara Bonakdar, James Blaha, Steve Gehrman and Eric. Come along as we discuss a whole range of topics.

Here is snippet of some of the things we talked about :

1:00 Recap of CES. (please don’t sue me Christopher Nolan!)

5:00 Quad copter taxis are coming.

9:00 Hunting down drones with drones will become a business.

11:00 Grandmas can’t compete with VR porn reactions on youtube.

12:50 It doesn’t matter whether this reality is a simulation or not.

16:00 CV2 of the Rift and Vive will have AR capabilities.

20:00 Discussion on the price of the Rift.

48:00 A hand job is still a job. Virtual reality brothels will be a thing one day.

56:00 Which HMD is the most comfortable?

1:02:00 Will Android win the VR race in the long run?

1:13:00 Get ready for the self driving car economy.

1:43:00 The hidden reason why Foveated rendering is important.

Thanks to Steve, Erick, Dara and James for being true scholars and gentlemen of virtual reality and thank you for listening!

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Hello and welcome to another installment of the Enter VR podcast! On this episode I speak with Orion Bukantis from Logical Increments about getting the PC hardware necessary to run good VR this year. Let’s get educated!

Big thanks to Orion for being a true scholar and gentleman of virtual reality and thank you for listening!

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Hello and welcome to Enter VR! On this episode we get meet Mike Alger. Mike is a VR UX designer, here is a snippet of some of the things we talked about:

1:00 Intro. How Mike became involved in VR.

2:00 The origin of Mike’s attraction for motion graphics and user experience design.

9:00 The allure of VR.

15:00 How important is hardware in getting people to like vr?

18:00 Why does VR matter in our time?

20:20 Closing thoughts and how to get in touch.

Thanks again to Mike for being a true scholar and gentleman of virtual reality and thank you for listening!

Also thanks to the guys at VR UX for getting Mike and I to sit down in the same room to chat!

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Hello and welcome to the Enter VR podcast! On today’s show Dora Cheng from uForis VR comes along to discuss business, the current challenges of VR, the future of the medium and more!

Here is a snippet of some of the things we talked about:

Intro: The value of having professional conferences for the VR industry.

2:00 How did this year’s Oculus Connect compare to last years?

4:45 What is Uforis VR? What are they up to?

7:00 Letting student’s take virtual tours of their future university housing.

8:00 Methodology to push out content.

10:40 Dora’s team created their own engine with its own API.

12:20 How Uforis adapts their custom engine to individual clients.

14:30 The long term vision of Uforis VR.

17:30 What sets Dora’s team apart from the competition.

19:50 Where does Dora’s enthusiasm for VR come from?

24:45 How long will it take for the Metaverse that Dora envisions to arrive? What will it look like?

32:00 Why does it feel like dystopian futures and VR go hand in hand?

36:00 Will VR play a role in creating dystopian or Utopian societies?

41:20 How will bullying play itself out in VR?

49:00 The price of admission for VR is more than monetary.

51:30 Using virtual reality life forms to rehabilitate criminals and people with mental illnesses.

56:00 What is the biggest weakness of the industry thus far?

1:00:00 Biggest thing to remember for someone who works in VR.

1:01:30 How to stay in touch with Dora.

Thanks again to Dora for being a true lady and scholar of virtual reality and thank you for listening!

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Hello and welcome to Enter VR! Join Frooxius and I as we explore complex subjects that are too difficult for me to understand! Frooxius is a genius level over 9,000, he’s the creator of Sightline, Neos the Universe, World of Comenius and many more! In this conversation we talked a lot about light fields, the origins of Frooxius and trying to create life out of in-organic matter.

Here is a snippet of all the things we talked about:

45: Using nostalgia to sell VR to you.

1:20: Intro

2:30 Working with eVRday VR on lightfields in VR.

3:20 What’s it like to work with Dee.

4:30 Frooxius thoughts on education in general. Read “Free to learn” by Peter Grey.

10:00 Creating simulations of Quantum effects in VR.

11:30 Using Lightfields in education.

14:30 How to capture Lightfields inside of game engines.

16:50 Why and how Lightfields are relevant to the average person.

21:30 The finish line in the race to cross the uncanny valley has already been crossed.

22:30 Creating Lightfield images that take up 48 gigs in your hard drive.

25:30 The end goal of Frooxius’s light field work.

28:30 Are Lightfields the future of 3D rendering?

32:30 The origins of Frooxius.

36:30 Creating games with Powerpoint when he was 12 years old.

37:30 Growing up without internet.

40:00 The video games that influenced Frooxius the most.

42:30 Portal 2 has a great procedural soundtrack.

46:30 The most difficult fields of science to understand for Frooxius.

49:30 The science fair that changed Frooxius’s life.

52:30 Discovering VR. Creating the first SightLine.

53:30 Trying the DK1 for the first time.

56:00 Beating Half Life 2 in VR.

57:30 Was Frooxius aware of how big VR could become?

58:30 Frooxius’s secret to making fuck tons of VR games and demos.

59:50 Neos is using evolutionary algorithms to create a living metaverse.

1:04:30 Will we ever see AI that makes better pop music than us?

1:08:30 The most compelling theory of consciousness according to Frooxius.

1:14:30 Do you need self awareness to have consciousness?

1:16:30 Can simulations become self aware?

1:18:30 Using VR as a tool to explore consciousness.

1:20:30 Can inorganic matter develop consciousness?

1:24:30 Discussing the Michael Abrash’s talk at Oculus Connect 2.

1:28:30 Using neural input to discover the edge of the simulation we live in.

1:30:30 We don’t have the technology to simulate an exact replica of our current universe.

1:35:30 Frooxius prediction for when we will simulate reality.

1:38:30 Starting the church of the simulation.

1:39:30 Read the “Universe from nothing” by Lawrence Krauss.

1:41:30 Being in a multiverse is mathematically simpler.

1:45:30 Frooxius’s plan for the future.

1:47:30 Procedural tree making is bad ass.

1:52:30 Neos the origin will show off the world building features of Neos the Universe.

1:53:30 Neos the origin demo on its way.

1:54:30 How to stay in touch and get more info on Frooxius’s

1:56:30 Read Diaspora from Greg Egan. Orphanogenesis

2:00:00 Closing thoughts. What is Dark matter? How parallel universes can be possible.

Thanks to Frooxius for being a true scholar and gentleman of virtual reality and thank you for listening!

Song in the intro is “Another brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd.

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Hi there!

For those who don’t want to read, let’s get the links to the demos and the 360 photo album out of the way first.

The demos are simple and were made in a very short amount of time.

Deep Azteca was created entirely by James Blaha. Check out his virtual reality music visualizer made with Unity. Although James could not be at Burning Man this year, figments of his consciousness came along with me in my hard drive. James is still working on Deep Azteca so follow him on twitter for more updates. @jamesblaha


Deep Gold was created by James Blaha and me, Cris Miranda. I took the photo and did some QA. James did all the programming wizardry. Deep Gold is a simple experience. It’s a peek inside a 360 photo of the Golden Gate Bridge injected with Google’s Deep Dream and a couple of CG objects.


The 360 photo album can be viewed in VR with your Smartphone thanks to VRChive and WebVR or in your browser.


Here it goes

I’ve been meaning to write an article about what it was like to help bring virtual reality to burning man this year. Growing up in SF, I would hear about this ‘Burning Man’ thing that came and went every year just like fleet week, or Bay to Breakers there’s always something going on in the city and after a while if something doesnt resonate with you, it just becomes noise. I wouldn’t pay much mind to Burning Man until I became closely intertwined with the tech world through virtual reality in the last couple of years. To be honest, I’m not sure what propelled me to go in the first place but I’ve always been compelled to try new things so. This year’s Burning Man had the right concurrence of events that made it epic. Bugs, Sandstorms and virtual reality. For those who might not know, Burning Man is a music and arts festival clusterfuck that takes place in the middle of the desert for 7 days. It’s so much more than that but we’ll have to leave it at this.

To some people Burning Man is a place of healing and self discovery. To others, Burning Man is a giant party the likes of which humanity has never seen before. Even the Romans in their orgy filled bathhouses would get jelly by the next level debauchery burners can pull off and I felt right at home among it. To me, Burning Man was a bit of both. Through the art installations, I was able to feel the full spectrum of human emotion. in that one week I was brought to tears, filled with Joy and felt more human (whatever the fuck that means) than I’ve ever felt in my whole life. I learned to meditate better, I learned some useful Japanese bondage techniques and partied listening to Major Lazer live.

However to me, it’s the little things that made me like the experience even more. The fact that people would greet each other through hugging, I’ve never felt so welcomed wherever I went. Waking up every morning and realizing that I don’t have to stare at a fucking screen for 11 hours of my day also felt good.

The best analogy that I can come up with in describing my Burning Man experience goes like this:

I feel like Burning man swallowed me in and then it shat me out. Some how Burning man manifests itself in the form of giant beast, a beast that swallows you in with its dust, its drugs and its people. As I went through its 8 days digestive process, I ran into all sorts of folks in all sorts of circumstances.

Crepes off a random van in the dead of the night in the middle of the desert. Spontaneous orgasm competitions. Art installations that challenged my imagination (the good ones felt like virtual reality experiences). Partying with and getting to know my friends from virtual reality at a place that feels like you’re inside Second Life, like we’ve all stepped into a new reality. Reality is more malleable than I thought it was.

I went into Burning man feeling so energetic, so positive and hyped up. Overtime you begin to realize that the desert itself doesn’t give a fuck about your energies or your positive vibes. I remember fighting constantly to keep my shade structure from being blown away while a dust storm would merciless batter us with wind, sand and cold weather. The desert just, is, and just like that, Burning man can behave in the same manner at times. Don’t get me wrong Burning Man was 97% amazing and that’s pretty good for 8 days in the desert. The negative 3% I consider it as necessary and sometimes unnecessary human friction. At Burning Man I encountered some of the nicest people in the world, strangers looking out for strangers. This really has inspired something in me. The thought that, there is goodness in mankind? Who would have thought!? I found it amazing to go a place where people put down there defenses, set aside their differences and embraced each other when we say hi. Burning Man would be nothing without the people who attend it.

Imagine Burning man as a giant beast. This beast tries to eat you as you go through its 7 day digestive process. Every toll on your body is one point for the beast. Being swallowed by the beast is death and being shat out by this beast is rebirth. Your state of rebirth depends on what kind of shit the beast took. This is where you should make your own inferences. Me personally, I felt like I was shat out like explosive diarrhea. I have my own reasons for feeling that way and I’m okay with it. I’ll surely be back to see and live inside this beast once again.

The beast takes you in as you are and like clock work, it will shit you out. Sometimes the Beast is constipated and it might take a while for you to be “rebirthed” for no one is meant to live inside the beast all year long. Unless you’re a water bear, those motherfuckers can live anywhere.

Did you go to burning man? How did you feel you were you shat out by the beast?

Burning Man and Virtual Reality

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While working with the VR Camp, some of us(me) were kind of worried at first about how VR would be received by Burners. Would they view us as tech industry invaders trying to bastardize their community with our proto mind control devices? Would people see the value in virtual reality at all?

Well, i’m happy to report that virtual reality was really well received at Burning Man. People hugged us, kissed us, a couple of people cried. It was beautiful. Every night that we demoed kept reinforcing in me the thought that this VR thing, might just work out.

As someone who is working on becoming a VR content creator I went into Burning Man looking to absorb as much as I could about real world experience crafting. I wanted to see how it is that people use art installations to craft real world experiences because I figured that there might some crossover in lessons. I learned a lot.

Drugs and virtual reality

Let’s talk about the reason why you’ve been reading this blog post in the first place. The drugs! How do drugs and virtual reality interact? We’ll, I have a lot of anecdotal evidence for ya! (take everything I say on this subject for a grain a salt. duh)

Here’s 7 takeaways about psychedelics and Virtual reality.

1) Don’t demo virtual reality to others while high or drunk.

2) Drunk people were not fun to demo for. Only one guy got kicked out from VR Camp this year and it was because he could barely stand from the alcohol he’d been drinking.

3) Mushrooms and virtual reality mix really well. I had this one guy who didn’t want to leave. It seems like to some people psylocybin mushrooms mixed with the proper VR experience can enhance the feelings of presence.

4) Don’t demo scary shit to people on Psychedelics. I demoed Celestial Song to a lady and the next morning she approached to tell me that the experience had scared her and moved her like nothing before and she wasn’t even high on anything! I apologized profusely, while she thanked me. In the planning process of the VR camp it was decided to not bring horror experiences. It was probably for the best.

5) Weed and virtual reality go hand in hand. In fact, everyone on earth should dose themselves with an MJ edible and go inside Titans of Space as soon as consumer VR rolls around.

6) Virtual reality does not seem to be a thing people want to do while on MDMA or LSD, then again, it’s Burning Man so it is the worst petridish one could use to study the complex and individualistic relations between psycho active compounds and the human mind.

7) VR porn might as well be a drug. Thank you Ela Darling and Hatsune Miku for your contributions to the progress of humanity.

Conclusion on the subject of psychedelics and virtual reality:

More science needs to be done on the matter! (Like, real science)

Final thoughts

Many people talk about how Burning Man changed their lives. I recently had a conversation with someone that told me :

“I’ve been to Burning Man, it was alright but It wasn’t the life changing event I thought it would be.” To which I replied; “that’s probably because you didn’t do enough drugs” . She agreed.

So did Burning Man changed my life? A little bit. It was mostly just a giant party where I got taste the sweet illusion of what means to be a free human in the 21st century.

My biggest takeaway from burning man as it applies to VR is that the virtual reality industry needs to foster the creation of sustainable and thriving communities for people passionate about the Metaverse to express themselves and connect with each other. Don’t just build a business, be a part of a community and if there isn’t one then that’s your calling to build one.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the VR Camp this year. These are the good ol’ days after all.

Take part in the effort to bring a next level virtual reality experience to burning man next year. Send an email to entervr01@gmail.com and let us know how you’d like to help for next year.

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Hello and welcome to another episode of Enter VR! On this episode we explore the mind of my friend Doug Blumeyer, come find out what’s inside!

Here is a transcript of our conversation, courtesy of Doug: TRANSCRIPT.

Here is a snippet of some of the things we talked about:

20:00 The new Jurassic World was no good.

4:00 Spoiler Alert. Matrix movie plot.

5:00 Software will eat all of the human services industries.

7:30 Could an AI make you fall in love with it?

13:30 An AI that learns from your every interaction to create a mirror image of you inside the metaverse.

16:00 Doug’s main emphasis is story telling in VR.

22:30 What is the purpose of medium? What is the purpose of a final medium? Is there such a thing?

27:00 How long before we have brain to brain experience sharing technology?

29:00 Steve joins the convo.

30:00 Mixing movie IP with procedural story telling virtual environments?

37:00 Delivering a new level empathy through immersive story telling. Google Coffee without words.

46:00 Loosing control of the camera in immersive story telling. Figuring out way to drive a narrative.

51:00 Will VR games cost more money than VR movies?

56:00 How long before we have virtual reality comic strips?

1:00:00 Reliving R’Kelly’s trapped in the closet in virtual reality.

1:02:00 What does the VR Cinema landscape look like?

1:04:00 Will light field cameras replace DSLRs?

1:08:00 What are the downsides of being able to be every where any time.

1:11:00 Beginning a chapter of the Church of the Giant Spaghetti monster.

1:14:00 Do aspects of the self need to be removed in order for there to be world peace?

1:19:00 The best scenario for the future of humanity?

1:24:00 Neural nets are getting good fast.

1:28:00 Does the knowledge that AI is moving fast affecting your decisions of the future?

1:36:00 How will future humans look back at us? (Note: I’m an asshole)

1:38:00 Divide and conquer is still effective today.

1:41:00 Psychedelics release you from the constipation inside your mind that you don’t know you have.

Thanks again to Doug and Steve for being scholars and gentlemen of the proto metaverse and thank you for listening!

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Hello and welcome to Enter VR! Guy Godin, the creator of Virtual Desktop drops by to talk vr and eat Pupusas after ward.

Here is a snippet of some of the things we talked about:

28:00 Intro : What’s VR desktop?

2:00 The origin story of virtual desktop.

5:00 How Guy stumbled into VR.

7:00 10K by 10K virtual monitors might be possible?

8:30 Microsoft please allow us to have virtual monitors!

10:00 Is the HMD going to replace the monitor?

This podcast was not edited from inside virtual desktop.

11:40 Rearranging the monitors is not as straightforward for virtual desktop.

13:00 Guy’s business plan for virtual desktop.

17:00 Getting Virtual Desktop working with the Vive.

21:00 Navigating Android in VR. Guy’s take on mobile VR.

24:00 What aspects of Virtual Desktop

28:00 South Korea’s awesome Internet will allow them to accelerate the growth of the metaverse.

29:00 Text input in Virtual desktop.

32:00 Getting Cortana to work in virtual desktop.

36:00 AI weaponry has a long way to go before we need to worry about it taking over?

38:30 More like Nyann Cat. What you do in the AI apocalypse?

40:00 What are we behind on as a species?

41:00 Why would you want to own a car when the self driving vehicle taxi services take over?

43:00 If there is nothing else to do. What would you do with the rest of your life?

45:00 Countdown till we cross the uncanny valley.

46:20 Worst case scenario for the industry and the best case scenario.

49:00 Having separate gaming leagues for VR gaming.

54:00 Cardboards are a double edge sword?

59:00 Custom avatars are the future. Guy really wants to watch movie with friends.

1:03:00 Order an IV through your smart phone.

1:07:00 Guy does not code with his HMD on.

1:08:30 Closing thoughts and how to stay in touch

Thanks again to Guy and Steve for being scholars and gentlemen of the proto metaverse

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Hello and welcome to Enter VR! Nick Whiting from Epic Games drops by the podcast via skype. We chatted with him about using VR to reduce iteration times, adapting to the evoltion of the hmd and Zac’s celestial voice from the UE4 youtube tutorials.

1:00 Staying at frame rate when designing a game for VR.

4:00 The path to maximizing

5:00 Stereoscopic Instance rendering is being worked on. Might be released by 4.10?

7:20 How Nick became involved in VR.

11:00 Taking advantage of the modularity of the engine.

14:00 Closing the gap in developers numbers with Unity.

17:00 Where will the game engine be at 5 years from now?

19:00 Info on the plugins marketplace.

21:00 Using VR to decrease iteration time using the engine.

24:00 Much user research is needed to create the volumetric interfaces of the future.

26:00 How will Epic adapt to the evolution of the HMD?

29:00 Zac’s voice is celestial.

30:00 How to stay in touch with Nick and Steve.

Thanks to Nick and Steve for being true scholars and gentleman of virtual reality and thank you for listening!

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Hello and welcome to Enter VR! An independent podcast about virtual reality. On this episode I speak with Graham Gaylor, one of the founders of VR chat and dear friend that I tend to weird out every time we meet.

Here is a snippet of some of the things we talked about:

42: Introduction to Graham’s bike.

3:00 Graham and I are confessed console peasants.

5:00 Why Graham will buy Halo 5.

7:00 Using Virtual desktop from Guy Godin to get office work done.

9:00 How shopping in VR will justify its utility. Tapping into the social aspects of shopping.

11:50 Finding a backpack full of grenades in my mothers closet.

13:30 Will Amazon start getting involved in the virtual reality shopping space?

14:00 How will human to human service industries translate into VR?

20:00 The need for more psychological research on Vr and its effects.

21:00 Graham is looking forward to the Gallery Six Elements. when will we see 1st person VR shooters from big name publishers? (will we ever?)

25:00 Graham’s expectations for user growth in the first year of consumer VR.

26:00 Graham’s thoughts on the most overlooked aspects of VR.

27:00 Will GearVR live up to see its full potential?

29:00 Oculus CV1 vs. Morpheus. Which is more comfortable?

31:00 John Carmack will be doing a talk on VR Script at Oculus Connect 2.

34:00 The importance of flawless input.

36:00 Is figuring out a standard text input solution for VR necessary?

38:00 How do you compel users to literally look around while in VR.

41:00 How and Why Graham got muscular.

42:00 Ikea Meatballs are awesome.

45:00 Graham’s favorite teenage movie of all time.

46:30 The Audi R8 is a sexy looking car.

49:00 Is Cortana hot?

50:00 Closing thoughts and how to stay in touch.

Thanks to Graham for being a scholar and gentlemen of the proto metaverse and thanks for listening!

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