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NCTech at SIGGRAPH 2018

 

What impressed us the most at SIGGRAPH 2018?

ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) which brings together researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists, and business professionals who share an interest in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Their conference has become one of the world’s premier events regarding the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques, with over 16,600 visitors traveling to Vancouver this year to view the 160 exhibitors.

NCTech were among these visitors, as we sought to keep up to date on the latest and upcoming development in the realm of VR/AR.

There was a lot to process; a full five days of white paper discussions, round table discussions and the sharing of new research. Subjects covered included Production and Animation, Research and Education, Arts and Design, Gaming and Interactive, and New Technologies.

On top of this, the event featured three days of exhibitions, with the likes of Google, Intel and Nvidia showcasing their latest innovations.

We were particularly impressed by Google’s presentation on Lightfield VR. This prototype technology which captures light travelling in all directions in a specific space and then generates a virtual copy of it, creating the most authentic and immersive VR experience we’ve ever seen.

Like so much in the VR space, Lightfield VR is still very much in the experimental stage, but there is definite potential for it to be integrated into VRCs, and with technology like this on the horizon, VR feels more real than ever.

Hopefully we’ll see something equally impressive at the next conference when we return to Vancouver at the end of September for the VR/AR Global Summit.

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