BmoreVR meetup looks to build on area's virtual reality momentum - Baltimore


Feb. 23, 2016 8:04 am

BmoreVR meetup looks to build on area’s virtual reality momentum

The first convening of the Baltimore Virtual and Augmented Reality Meetup had 40 attendees and seven demos. We've noticed more VR activity around here lately.

BaltiVirtual demo at GDG Baltimore.

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Virtual reality is immersing itself into the wider tech conversation in more obvious ways, and it’s not just because of Mark Zuckerberg’s big bet.

A press release the other day said that AT&T is offering VR tours of tropical getaways at stores in Columbia and Lutherville as part of a partnership with cruise giant Carnival.

In the city, we’ve seen a real estate developer embrace the technology to show off new apartments. VR is also at the heart of the business model of Baltimore startup Alchemy Learning as its founders head to Techstars. Last month, Alchemy was also among Baltimore-area startups embracing VR at a Google Developers Group session on the technology. EduPal and BalitVirtual’s Will Gee were also offering demos.

This month’s chance to connect with virtual reality comes in the form of the second Baltimore Virtual and Augmented Reality Meetup.

Meetup #2 – Return of the Meetup!

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016, 6:30 PM

2nd floor – Living Classrooms Foundation’s Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park
1417 Thames Street Baltimore, MD

58 VR Pioneers Attending

Get ready for big-VR!Josh Taylor of Oasis VR will be showing off their large-scale, custom system designed to power VR arcades without the restrictions placed on consumer devices.Balti Virtual will be demoing the HTC Vive Pre, with games/experiences including: TiltBrush, Budget Cuts, and Job Simulator.Also working on a few other demos – stay tun…

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Gee is an organizer of that event, which is set for Wednesday, Feb. 24 on the second floor of Living Classrooms Foundation’s Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. Gee tells us the last session had 40 attendees and seven demos.

At the event, Josh Taylor of Oasis VR will be demoing a system that powers arcades and Gee will provide a look at the HTC Vive Pre. More could be added as the hour of immersion approaches.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the lead reporter for Baltimore. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following a stint in New Orleans, where he served as managing editor of online news and culture publication NOLA Defender. While there, he also wrote for Times-Picayune. He was previously a reporter for the Rio Grande Sun of Northern New Mexico.


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