I have to thank my good friend Noah Sparks for tutoring me in VR. He’s one of the most passionate and has spent a lot of time educating taking the time to catch me up. My first intro to mixed reality was with the Hololens at Ignite a few years ago at the LiveTyles booth, where you could see a virtual SharePoint portal as well as interact with any number of 3D objects in their booth. They allowed me to wander around and experience AR based training from minecraft castle sitting on a Augmented reality table to a 3D video of a guy showing me how to lift weights properly.
Microsoft’s full continuum look at Mixed Reality (Image courtesy Microsoft)
Later about a year ago, I was at SharePoint Saturday Utah and participated in a session with Noah Sparks and Jared Buttars about SharePoint and Mixed Reality. I was running a live periscope broadcast at the session and there was a lot of excitement and engagement both in the room and from on twitter and periscope. After the session Noah delivered some 1:1 VR experiences with his VIVE. Everyone who got a chance to use it was impressed and freaked out with how amazing it was. Noah invited me over to spend a night experiencing the VR at a more detailed level. It was that night I first tried Facebook Spaces
In anticipation of my new job at Blizzard and my new found passion for VR, I researched the mixed reality headsets. I visited two different Microsoft Stores and got demos of the HP headset and at Best Buy got to experience the PS4VR, but ultimately decided to go with the Oculus by Facebook along with a Samsung 360 for 360 3D pictures and video and broadcast recording.
I’m not the only one who has been fascinated and sees a future for AR/VR mixed reality and communication and collaboration. In fact, at the last Collab 365 they setup a room in AltSpacesVR and a few people had a session in VR. Pretty cool. Mark Stokes has done a great job of kicking things off in AltSpaceVR and great news… Microsoft aquired them. This is another great reason to meet up in Microsoft’s AltSpaceVR.
I think we’re ready for a special event just for the Office 365 SharePoint people to discuss VR in a virtual reality environment.
Clip of What Productivity Looks like in Mixed Reality (Clipped at 13:09)
Interested in being on the committee, speaking, or participating? Please join me.
Register your interest on EventBrite to be informed about the upcoming #SPSVR… and Join me in the upcoming planning session for #SPSVR on January 4 Event on AltSpaceVR
At this meeting we will determine format, dates, times, length and room.
SharePoint people gather in AltSpaceVR during session at Collab365. Notice the showing off of Communities in SharePoint Online in VR.
Are you ready? Not convinced this is Microsoft’s Next Big Bet, you haven’t been watching. Look at the Fall Creators update of Windows 10 and Interface is so important. Go to Microsoft Store and look at the investment… check out the demo. See you in Virtual Reality… in this case… Microsoft AltSpaceVR.