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Protest at the LAPD Venice beach substation.

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Venice Beach protest today over police shooting of unarmed man in Venice.

We heard the protesters walk by our office this afternoon in venice. We ran out with our camera and two hours later we are able to share it with the world. VR is game changing, it’s so amazing to be involed. Thank you Specular Theory team for capturing this. Welcome to immersive journalism.

EXTREME TECH CHALLENGE – TOP 25 FINALIST

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Nearly 2,000 applicants from 100 countries competed for top slots and we’re thrilled to be a Top 25 finalist.

We had a blast showcasing the work we are doing at Specular Theory at CES this year. Thank you XTC and Monster Products for inviting us to present on stage and for this amazing opportunity. Visit our Facebook page to see all of our photos from the event! www.facebook.com/speculartheory

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The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) is a unique competition, launched by MaiTai Global, designed to fuel the world’s top emerging tech entrepreneurs and accelerate their success.  To learn more, visit: http://www.extremetechchallenge.com/

3DFF & Virtual Reality Festival

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One of the greatest things about being a VR developer is being able to create and share experiences that blow people’s minds. Especially older people. Virtual reality is truly amazing and we are thrilled to be a part of it. Looking forward to continuing the fun with the 3D Film Festival VR Lounge at CES and Sundance!

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SPECULAR THEORY PRESENTS AT SVVR IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA

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Morris May, Specular Theory CEO, speaks about VR storytelling and our latest Rift experiment, "Perspective."

Morris May, Specular Theory CEO, speaks about VR storytelling and our latest Rift experiment, “Perspective.”

Special thanks to Karl Krantz, the Hacker Dojo, and the SVVR community for an amazing VR event in Mountain View last week. It was great to be back in SF.

Couldn’t attend this awesome meetup? We got ya covered! Catch Morris May’s talk and more at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oeGI8zdb-A  Thanks to Brian Hart from Road to VR for the video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE HUFFINGTON POST: VIRTUAL REALITY – YOU’LL BELIEVE A GEEK CAN FLY

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Excited to see our latest VR projects get a mention in The Huffington Post:

“A Venice-based company called Specular Theory is experimenting with VR sound design. A mock-up of a scene from American Beauty which put the viewer at the dinner table with the voices–if not the images–of Kevin Spacey and Annette Benning hinted at some of the power of a well thought-out VR audio design. That was an adaptation of existing work, but it was good enough to illustrate the potential for something that was recorded specifically for the medium.

Specular Theory had another demo in their back pocket, of video that was triggered based on where the viewer was looking. This wasn’t game-engine or CGI footage, but a live action reel using some quick and dirty compositing. It is a different way of thinking about the attention problem: by giving the user a little bit of agency–look where you want, we’ll wait–the filmmaker regains the power to tell the story they want to tell.”

Great wrap up on the latest Virtual Reality Los Angeles meetup (VRLA #3). Read the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/turnstyle/virtual-reality-youll-bel_b_5696295.html

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THE VOICES OF VR: PODCAST INTERVIEW with MORRIS MAY and RYAN PULLIAM:

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The Specular Theory team gets interviewed by Kent Bye, the host of The Voices of VR podcast at IMMERSION 2014. Click on the links below to listen to the podcasts or read online:

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#71: An interview with Specular Theory CEO Morris May on “moving from Hollywood special effects into virtual reality, and using Kinect for motion capture.”  http://voicesofvr.com/71-morris-may-on-moving-from-hollywood-special-effects-into-virtual-reality-using-kinect-for-motion-capture/

 

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#69: An interview with Specular Theory CMO Ryan Pulliam on “creating immersive marketing narratives with virtual reality and the future of experiential advertising campaigns. http://voicesofvr.com/69-ryan-pulliam-on-creating-immersive-marketing-narratives-with-virtual-reality-and-the-future-of-experiential-advertising-campaigns/