Fully Immersive – Readings


Great tutorial on Realtime Global Illumination Day/Night Cycle

Pilot: Can Immersive Storytelling Impact Viewer Empathy?

Some help documents I am looking at recently –

Do-It-Yourself Virtual Reality
Unity Setup

Here’s how you can make a 360 VR app in 10 minutes with Unity

Using Premiere Pro to edit VR videos

Construct VR environments in After Effects

Compositing tools for VR/360 videos

How to Edit 360 Video in Adobe Premiere Pro CC


“The Baseline profile is primarily used for decoders with limited computing power, like mobile applications. Google also recommends the Baseline profile for h.264 video playback on Android. This makes it the go to profile for mobile VR, like Google Cardboard and Gear VR.”

“The funny thing is that when you display this stretched/compressed video on the inside of a sphere for playback in a VR headset, everything is pushed back to the correct proportions again! And by using a resolution of 3840×2160 instead of 2048×2048 (what we initially used), Chris Milk has a whopping 97% more pixels to display! A massive improvement!”

Link to this Purple Pill story


As TechCrunch’s Lucas Matney noted: “Over the past several months it’s become clear that the war is no longer HTC and Oculus trying to discover who is Betamax and who is VHS, now they’re just trying to ensure that high-end VR doesn’t turn out to be LaserDisc. Though few of the big players are keen to readily admit it, many investors and analysts have been less than thrilled with the pace of headset sales over the past year.”

This VR cycle is dead


Photogrammetry vs 3D Scanner


Randy Pausch


“Inducing targeted behavior in an organism by using artificial sensory stimulation, while the organism has little or no awareness of the interference.”

— Definition of VR from Steven M. LaValle

Organism (Human) + Engineered Hardware and Software = VR system
Concepts: Immersion / Presence / Open-loop vs. close-loop / Telepresence or Teleoperation / Augmented reality