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With VR and Oculus Rift in the news, IMERSA notes some pioneering technology that helped paved the way

Oculus 2 MattMascheriVirtual Reality is getting a lot of attention in the press these days, especially with the emergence of the Oculus Rift system and Facebook's interest in it, and super lightweight 360 digital capture rigs the size of toys. Here's an intriguing article about it in Fast Company magazine.

Many people in the business of visualization, themed entertainment and specialty cinema remember when VR showed up in the 1990s. The concept was a little ahead of what the technology could do at the time. Interfaces were clunky. Equipment was expensive. Headsets were uncomfortable. IMERSA is very excited about this second wave of VR, because it's highly compatible with what's going on in 360 digital theaters known as "fulldome." At our recent IMERSA Summit 2014 in Denver, there was keen interest in the Oculus Rift demo headsets and the digital 360 capture rigs that Dome3D had on hand. (see above photo...)


GSCA conference 2014: Toronto, Sept 20-23


   The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) will    hold its annual conference & trade show in            Toronto at the Ontario Science Centre, Sept 20-    23. The conference will feature film screenings      professional development technical                     -  demonstrations, a trade show, and more GSCA      also plans to include a LASER projection demo as    part of the conference. The Sheraton will serve as the conference hotel in Toronto.  Preliminary schedule is here.


SAT's iX symposium May 21-25 in Montreal: immersive digital experiences

satSpeakers include: Ben Shedd, Michael Naimark, David McConville and Ed Lantz.

The ix Symposium welcomes artists, researchers, educators, producers and distributors to share knowledge and experience about immersive and interactive technologies and about the art arising from them. It also welcomes broader audiences to world premieres of cutting edge digital works in Society for Arts and Technology’s dome, the Satosphere.

IMERSA Summit 2014 Quick links & basic info for delegates

Jeri Panek new headshot Feb 19 2014 lowerres

Jeri Panek of Evans & Sutherland, IMERSA 2014 lifetime achievement honoree


Full Schedule Overview

Pro Dev Sessions Thurs-Fri in detail

Summit Sessions Fri evening -Sunday evening in detail

The Pros & Perils of 8K: Sunday finale at Fiske Planetarium

Speaker Gallery

Pre-arrival info (Hotel shuttles, dress code, weather etc)

International Innovators Forum

Sunday Marketplace & Brunch

Featured fulldome shows

Dr. Donna Cox, keynote

Jeri Panek, lifetime achievement honoree

Meet the 2014 IMERSA Summit organizers

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IMERSA Summit 2014 chair Dan Neafus, manager, Gates Planetarium;

IMERSA co-founder

Full House for Fulldome: Record registration for IMERSA Summit signals high interest in immersive dome experiences

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Are digital planetariums the new frontier of immersive media experiences? The organizers and participants of IMERSA Summit 2014, looking at a full house for their March 6-9 gathering in Denver, would say “yes.” With more than 175 delegates registered, IMERSA, a trade group now in its 6th year, sees validation of its message of opportunity and convergence. The Summit theme: “Shaping the future of digital immersive spaces.”


Over the past 15 years, hundreds of planetariums around the world have replaced opto-mechanical starball projectors with sophisticated multi-projector, 360 digital dome (“fulldome”) systems - quietly growing an international network of high-end specialty theaters that keep pushing the technology envelope – some all the way to 8K stereo 3D at 60 frames per second.


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