Learn about building AR assistants for the blind at XRDC in October!

Technology can help make peoples’ lives better, and as XRDC approaches organizers are happy to announce that the October event will host a cutting-edge talk about how augmented-reality tech can be of service to the blind.

As part of XRDC’s Innovation track of talks, CalTech professor Markus Meister and Computation and Neural Systems PhD student Yang Liu will be speaking at length about their work in a session called “Powering a Cognitive Assistant for the Blind Using AR“.

You’ll want to see this, because the pair plan to present a cognitive assistant for blind persons based on the Microsoft HoloLens. The system identifies objects in the environment and gives them virtual voices, communicating maximally distilled knowledge in a way that is intuitive and natural to the human user. By interacting with these voices, the blind user gains all kinds of new abilities: from obstacle avoidance to formation and recall of spatial memories.

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Devs, pitch your great and clever Design talks for GDC 2019!

If you’ve been sitting on a great idea for a talk that would fit in well with the Design track of talks at Game Developers Conference 2019, organizers want to hear it — and soon!

That’s because GDC 2019 organizers are only accepting submissions to present lectures, roundtables, panels, posters and tutorials through next Thursday, August 16th!

Next year’s show is happening March 18-22 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California, and will again play host to thousands of game developers from all around the world for a week of learning, networking and inspiration.

It’s going to be the 33rd edition of GDC, the world’s largest and longest-running event serving professionals dedicated to the art and science of making games, and as always, organizers are looking for submissions of expert talks that would be a great fit for the show!

But of course, today we want to specifically highlight what GDC Advisory Board members are looking for in a great Design talk. With that in mind, here’s a bit of guidance on what organizers are looking to see in a Design talk submission:

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Study how top car companies are using XR in cool new ways at XRDC!

As XRDC draws closer, organizers are proud to announce there will be a great talk at the AR/VR/MR innovation conference that will reveal how mixed-reality tech is being used in cutting-edge ways by top automotive companies.

Titled “Mastering XR for Automative“, the Innovation track talk will feature ZeroLight technical director Chris O’Connor walking attendees through the various ways ZeroLight automotive clients have incorporated mixed-reality tech, including BMW, Porsche, Toyota, Nissan, Audi and Pagani.

Make time for it in your XRDC schedule, because attendees are going to gain a unique understanding of the challenges faced when developing on cutting-edge hardware — and how new graphics tech can be used to enhance XR experiences.

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GDC 2019 organizers are looking for smart Business & Marketing talks!

Game industry professionals, take note: If you have a pitch for a great talk about discoverability, production, marketing, or business in the game industry that would fit in well at the 2019 Game Developers Conference, now is the time to submit it!

That’s because GDC 2019 organizers are accepting submissions to present lectures, roundtables, panels, posters and tutorials through Thursday, August 16th.

This will be the 33rd edition of GDC, which continues to be the world’s largest and longest-running event serving professionals dedicated to the art and science of making games. It’s happening next March in San Francisco, and will once again host thousands of game developers from all around the world for a week of learning, networking and inspiration.

To best serve that audience, the folks who organize the GDC 2019 Business & Marketing track of talks are looking for smart, interesting talks that will help other game industry professionals better understand the state of the industry.

Specfically, the Business & Marketing track is soliciting submissions that cover the following topics:

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GDC 2019 wants your best Production & Team Management talks!

Hey game makers, GDC 2019 organizers are still accepting submissions to present lectures, roundtables, panels, posters and tutorials through Thursday, August 16th!

Specifically, they’re looking for experienced producers who have shipped games or managed live games to share (in the form of talks on the Production & Team Management track) their best techniques or experiences which helps them produce better games or build better teams.

Next year the show — the 33nd edition of GDC — will take place March 18-22 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. It will once again play host to thousands of game developers from all around the world for a week of learning, networking and inspiration.

As it continues to come together, organizers want to make sure you don’t miss out on your opportunity to pitch talks that would be a good fit on the GDC 2018 Prodution & Team Management track. Here’s some guidance on what organizers are looking to see in a great talk submission:

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Now’s the time to pitch your great Audio talks for GDC 2019!

Heads up, game makers: If you have a great idea for a talk that belongs on the Audio track at Game Developers Conference 2019, organizers want to hear it! GDC 2019 organizers are still accepting submissions to present lectures, roundtables, panels, posters and tutorials through Thursday, August 16th.

The big show is happening March 18-22 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California next year, and will serve as a gathering place for thousands of game developers from all around the world seeking a week of learning, networking and inspiration.

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at Moss‘ design at XRDC!

As XRDC approaches, organizers are pleased to confirm that Polyarc’s Brendan Walker will be speaking at the October event about the interaction design of the studio’s charming PSVR action puzzle game Moss.

His session on “VR Interaction Design in Moss“, part of XRDC’s diverse Games & Entertainment track of talks, promises some interesting insights. When Polyarc set out to make the game (its first VR effort) using tracked controllers, they established player comfort and approachability as their highest priority.

According to Walker, in creating the game, the team built their world from diorama-size puzzles you interact with in third person, which naturally led to the creation of a mouse as the main character a player would use to traverse the puzzles. These puzzles were composed of simple constrained physics interactions that could feel good even when using controllers with limited tracking.

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New XRDC Innovation Report reveals Vive is still devs’ top target, but AR is rising

Today the UBM Game Network, organizer of the Game Developers Conference and XRDC, is proud to present the third annual XRDC VR/AR Innovation Report!

This year the report is jam-packed with interesting insights gleaned from a survey of over 600 industry professionals involved in the development of virtual/augmented/mixed reality experiences. It’s completely free to download and gives you an exclusive look inside the AR/VR/MR industry — from devs‘ platform preferences to market challenges, platform availability, funding and much more!

For more information and to download the report, download it for free here!

A lot has happened in the AR/VR/MR market over the past few years, and as these cutting-edge technologies mature and flourish UBM Game Network continues its work of providing industry professionals with opportunities to learn from each other and maintain their place on that cutting edge.

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Stanford will share insight into mixed reality’s medical uses at XRDC

Dr. Brian Hargreaves teaches courses in mixed reality and magnetic resonance imaging at Stanford, serves as co-director of the university’s Incubator for Medical Mixed and Extended Reality, and this October he’ll be sharing what he’s learned at XRDC!

The AR/MR/VR innovation is just a few months away, and organizers want to make sure this cutting-edge talk doesn’t slip under your radar. Dr. Hargreaves’ session, titled “Mixed Reality Guidance for Medical Procedures,” will show you the needs, challenges and potential solutions for several applications where mixed reality devices can realistically play a role in medical procedures in the next five years.

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GDC 2019 is looking for great Programming talks — pitch yours today!

If you’ve got a great idea for a session that should take place as part of the Programming track of talks at Game Developers Conference 2019, now is the time to submit it!

That’s because GDC 2019 organizers are now accepting submissions to present lectures, roundtables, panels, posters and tutorials through Thursday, August 16th.

This will be the 33rd edition of GDC, the world’s largest and longest-running event serving professionals dedicated to the art and science of making games.

Next year the show will take place March 18-22 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California, and will again play host to thousands of game developers from all around the world for a week of learning, networking and inspiration.

As always, organizers are looking for submissions of expert talks that would be a great fit for the show! To best serve the audience of programmers and coding enthusiasts who attend GDC every year, the GDC 2019 Programming track once again seeks lectures focused on new techniques in programming, especially:

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