Voices of VR Podcast – Designing for Virtual Reality

By Kent Bye

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 Jan 5, 2019
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Designing for Virtual Reality

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#786: XR Safety Initiative: Security, Privacy, & Ethics in XR
The XR Safety Initiative (XRSI) was co-founded by Kavya Pearlman and formally announced at the Open AR Cloud Symposium on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. XRSI
Jul 16, 2019
#785: Architecting for Privacy with Mozilla Hubs & the Open Web
Mozilla Hubs is an open source social VR platform built using open web technologies. You can create your own 3D scenes using their Spoke platform,
Jul 10, 2019
#784: Elements of Culture & Cultivating Community with Jessica Outlaw
Jessica Outlaw is a culture and behavioral researcher who released a qualitative study of the experiences of 13 women in social VR in October 17
Jul 06, 2019
AR Art on Contested Sites, Feminist Philosophy, & Embodied Art with Nancy Baker Cahill
Nancy Baker Cahill is a multidisciplinary artist from Los Angeles, and she’s created a public art application called The 4th Wall AR app that allows
Jul 02, 2019
#782: Valve Index: The Future of PC VR, Hand Presence, & Impressions from Ian Hamilton & Kent Bye
The Valve Index officially launches today, and it provides a strong vision for the future of high-end PC VR with solid tracking, fidelity, and hand-tracked
Jun 28, 2019
#781: Experiential Design of Psychedelic Therapy: The Multiplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies & the Future of FDA-Approved MDMA
The Multiplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies has been doing frontier research into the therapeutic uses of psychedelics for the past 33 years, and they’re currently
Jun 23, 2019
#780: Invoking Psychedelic Embodiment Experiences in VR with Radix Motion’s “MEU” Asynchronous Communication Platform
Radix Motion is creating a trippy, asynchronous communication platform called MEU that starts to play with our experience of embodiment. CEO Sarah Haskhes is a
Jun 23, 2019
#779: Using VR as a Psychedelic Primer or Integration Tool with Andromeda Entertainment
Andromeda Entertainment is creating and distributing immersive entertainment experiences for healing and self actualization. I previously talked with CEO Robin Arnott about his Sound Self
Jun 23, 2019
#778: Brainwave Entrainment & the Frequency-Following Reponse of Light & Sound
Larry Minikes is a technological pioneer in the consciousness hacking space having started in the space back in 1989 after seeing LED glasses at CES
Jun 23, 2019
#777: Psychedelics & VR as Scaffolding to Reach Altered States of Consciousness + Experiential Medicine + Latent Human Potentials
Dr. Cassandra Vieten is the president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, who’s current tagline is “Informed by Science. Transformed by Experience.” Dr. Vieten gave
Jun 23, 2019
#776: Designing Music Rituals for Psychedelic Journeys with East Forest
East Forest has been crafting musical rituals for psilocybin journeys for the past decade, and he just released a five-hour album titled “Music For Mushrooms:
Jun 23, 2019
#775: The Four Styles of NeuroMeditation: Focus, Mindfulness, Quiet Mind, & Open Heart
Dr. Jeff Tarrant founded the NeuroMeditation Institute in order to research the neuroscience principles of different meditation states. He came up with a taxonomy of
Jun 22, 2019
#774: Muse Headband’s Real-Time Biofeedback for Immersive Meditation
Muse is an immersive meditation device that provides real-time feedback on your mental activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements. They’ve optimized the device for
Jun 22, 2019
#773: Psychedelics + Technology + Meditation: Consciousness Hacking’s Awakened Futures Summit
Consciousness Hacking produced the The Awakened Futures Summit in San Francisco on May 18th & 19th, looking at the intersection between psychedelics, technology, and meditation.
Jun 22, 2019
#772: Psychedelic Renaissance: Experiential Journalist Rak Razam on Shamanic Culture
I recently attended Consciousness Hacking’s Awakened Futures Summit that explored the cross-section of psychedelics, technology, and meditation. I ended up conducting 10 interviews totaling over
Jun 21, 2019
#771: Indigenous VR & Embodying the Colonial Super Predator with Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is an indigenous artist and painter who created his first VR experience called Inherent Rights, Vision Rights back in 1992. He collaborated
Jun 13, 2019
# 770: Ancient Philosophy Perspectives on Time, Perception, Reality, & the Qualities of Human Experience
Dr. Peter Simpson is a professor of ancient philosophy at The City University of New York, and I met him at the Philosophy of Time
Jun 11, 2019
#769: Beat Saber 1-Year Retrospective & the Future of Embodied Music
Beat Saber was launched on May 1, 2018, and has since sold over 1 million copies making it the most successful VR game ever. My
Jun 10, 2019
#768: Douglas Rushkoff on Virtual Reality, Team Human, & the Demise of Counterculture
Douglas Rushkoff is the host of the Team Human podcast and author of Team Human as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media,
Jun 06, 2019
#767: THE COLLIDER: Exploring Power Dynamics with Your Body as the Platform
The Collider is an immersive experience that uses your memories and your body as a platform to explore asymmetrical power dynamics with another person. It’s
May 16, 2019
#766: Open AR Cloud: Interoperable Spatial Computing for All
The Open AR Cloud is a volunteer organization whose mission statement is to “drive the development of open and interoperable spatial computing technology, data, and
May 13, 2019
#765: Spatial XR’s Creative Collaboration Demos with HoloLens 2
Spatial XR creative collaboration platform has been featured in that past two Microsoft presentations at the Microsoft Build Keynote on Monday, May 6th as well
May 11, 2019
#764: VR Fund’s Tipatat Chennavasin on HoloLens 2 & The State of the VR & AR Industry
The Venture Reality Fund general partner & co-founder Tipatat Chennavasin travels around the world tracking the progress of virtual and augmented reality, and I had
May 11, 2019
#763: Analyzing Microsoft’s Enterprise AR Strategy with XR Journalist Julien Bergounhoux
French journalist Julien Bergounhoux has been covering the business applications for spatial computing for L’Usine Digitale over the past 6-7 years, and I had a
May 09, 2019
#762: HoloLens 2 & Azure Kinect with Microsoft Developer Relations Jesse McCulloch
I got to do a hands-on demo with the HoloLens 2 at Microsoft Build, and then talk about my impressions with Microsoft Developer Relations Program
May 08, 2019
#761: Facebook’s Head of Enterprise AR/VR on Oculus for Business
Facebook announced new information about Oculus for Business at their F8 Developer conference last week, and I had a chance to sit down with Facebook’s
May 06, 2019
#760: Web-Based 3D with Microsoft’s Babylon.js JavaScript Framework & glTF
Back at Microsoft Build 2018, I had a chance to talk to two of the lead programmers of Babylon.js, which is a JavaScript framework for
May 06, 2019
#759: Oculus Quest, Privacy, & Facebook’s Walled Garden: A Discussion with Oculus’ Director of Content Ecosystem
The Oculus Quest is a gamechanger for the VR industry as the inside-out tracking is an engineering marvel, & the untethered experience lowers the friction
May 03, 2019
#758: Experiential Design for Corporate Consulting, Organizational Transformation, & Cultivating Culture with SYPartner’s Ida Benedetto
Ida Benedetto gave the opening keynote of the Immersive Design Summit where she shared some of the work that she’s doing as an experiential designer
Apr 24, 2019
#757: Dream Logic & Symbolic Storytelling of Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams + Grieving the Death of Parents
Graham Sack says that dream analysis and the language have film have co-evolved together as visual forms of symbolic communication, and he wanted to further
Apr 22, 2019
The Man Behind Notre-Dame: 360 Video Documentary by Targo
On April 15, 2019, the Notre-Dame Cathedral suffered a devastating fire. I recently had a chance to see a 360-degree VR documentary by Targo called
Apr 17, 2019
#755: Your Body as a Mixer: Traverse Spatial Audio Platform + Bose AR with Jessica Brillhart
Jessica Brillhart’s Vrai Pictures & Superbright launched a spatial audio platform at SXSW called Traverse, and they premiered a spatialized audio experience that turned your
Apr 12, 2019
#754: The Design of Vacation Simulator: Balancing Open World Exploration & Goal-Driven Puzzles
Owlchemy Labs have been pioneering VR experiences exploring hand presence and embodied gameplay in VR since the release of Job Simulator and Rick & Morty
Apr 09, 2019
#753: AR Spatial Audio on Bose AR Frames & QuietComfort 35 Headphones
The Bose AR platform with the Bose AR Frames and the QuietComfort 35 headphones was one of the most exciting announcements that happened at SXSW.
Apr 08, 2019
#752: Unlocking Your Imagination with Audiojack’s Interactive Audio Landscapes
The Bose AR House at SXSW 2019 featured the first round of interactive audio experiences that are integrated with the Bose AR Frames and Quick
Apr 04, 2019
#751: Virtual Skills Training for Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Applied Behavioral Analysis with BehaviorMe
BehaviorMe is using virtual reality to enhance behavior therapy for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It’s started by four people including
Apr 02, 2019
#750: Lucid Dreaming & VR: How our waking life is becoming more dreamlike
Lucid Dreaming is ability to become aware that you’re dreaming, and to potentially even start to interact and direct what happens within your dream. Arthur
Apr 01, 2019
#749: Using VR Horror as Fear Resistance Training + Sound Healing & Psychedelic Culture
Torkom Ji tells the story of how he used Resident Evil 7 VR as a form of fear resistance training, and transformational shadow work to
Mar 27, 2019
#748: Visualizing Cyclical Time in VR With Helixaeon’s Time Helix
Helixaeon’s Time Helix has a unique way of visualizing time-based data as a fractal-nested helix. Helixaeon was recently awarded US Patent #10,185,933 for their interactive,
Mar 25, 2019
#747: Bringing Restorative Justice Practices in VR with Tyler Musgrave
Restorative Justice practices are an alternative form of justice that’s a victim-centered that creates a space for offenders to own the harm done, and for
Mar 16, 2019
#746: Reflections on VR Shooters from Danny Bittman + General Update
There’s a lot of intensity in the world right now, and it reminded me of a short excerpt about VR shooters from a longer conversation
Mar 16, 2019
#745: “The History of the Future” Book on Oculus’ Role in the Modern Resurgence of VR
“The History of the Future” book was published on February 19th, and it’s a storified non-fiction account of the modern resurgence of virtual reality through
Feb 20, 2019
#744: Women in VR Dicussion Sponsored by Mozilla
Disclosure: Mozilla is financially sponsoring the Voices of VR podcast to collaborate on four different events in 2019, and our first collaboration was this conversation
Feb 20, 2019
#743: Storytelling in AR Panel at Sundance New Frontier 2019
I moderated this 90-minute Sundance New Frontier panel discussion about immersive storytelling in AR and the role of virtual characters and conversational interfaces. It included
Feb 20, 2019
#742: “Traveling While Black” is a Healing Ritual of Restorative Practices through Immersive Documentary
Traveling While Black is the most powerful piece of virtual reality that I’ve ever seen. Director Roger Ross Williams in collaboration with Felix & Paul
Feb 20, 2019
#741: Disney’s First VR Narrative Experiment of “Cycles”
Disney Animation was showing Cycles, which is their first narrative VR short film that they produced during private screenings in Park City during Sundance. It’s
Feb 20, 2019
#740: Facebook/Oculus Head of Experiences on Immersive Storytelling
Colum Slevin is Facebook/Oculus’ Head of Experiences, and I had a chance to talk about how they’re supporting independent storytellers in a quest of trying
Feb 20, 2019
#739: Live Immersive Theater Actors in VR with “The Under”
Tenderclaws debuted The Under experience at Sundance that features live immersive actors from the Piehole theater troupe. Actors embody different characters within a storyworld that
Feb 16, 2019
#738: Imverse’s Real-Time Volumetric Capture with Voxels
The Swiss-based company Imverse built a Voxel rendering engine that can do real-time volumetric capture. It powered the Elastic Time experience at New Frontier last
Feb 16, 2019
#737: Looping Real-Time, Volumetric, Embodied Interactions with “Interlooped”
Interlooped allows you to record real-time, volumetric capture segments of yourself where you layer these loops while interacting with recorded and real-time interactions of other
Feb 16, 2019
#736: Integrating Taste into Narrative & Navigating an Unconscious Matrix of Memories & Associations
One of the most visceral experiences I had at Sundance New Frontier this year was Marshmallow Laser Feast’s Sweet Dreams, which incorporated taste as part
Feb 15, 2019
#735: Translating Embodied Movement Practices like Yoga into VR with Melissa Painter & Lululemon
Embody was an experience at the Sundance New Frontier that started to blend Yoga movement practices into virtual reality. VR artist and MAP Design Lab
Feb 13, 2019
#734: AR + Projection Map Storytelling with “The Dial:” Blending Layers of Digital Reality
Your brain can fuse together so many different layers of reality so seamlessly that it’s quite flexible and capable of blending the digital and the
Feb 12, 2019
#733: Community Media PublicVR Labs + How Hyperlocal Organizing is an Emerging Trend for Brands
Kathy Bisbee started the first publicly funded VR lab called PublicVR Lab, and she’s leading an initiative for the 1500 community media centers in the
Feb 12, 2019
#732: Zero Latency’s Free-Roaming, Player vs. Player VR Experience Emphasizes Communication & Collaboration
Zero Latency just announced a free-roaming, player vs. player experience called Sol Raiders that will be available to play starting February 9th at one of
Feb 08, 2019
#731: Natural & Intuitive Character Interactions in VR with “Wolves in the Walls”
Wolves in the Walls is a narrative VR piece based upon a Neil Gaiman novel that explores object interactions and cultivating a connection to a
Feb 04, 2019
#730: Immersive Theater Acting Tips for Responsive Interactive Narratives
Immersive theater is on a collision course with virtual reality. There are so many best practices for interactive storytelling that are easily translatable into VR.
Jan 24, 2019
#729: AI Voice Commands Enable Diplomacy as a Gameplay Mechanic with “Starship Commander”
Human Interact’s Starship Commander uses AI-enabled, voice-activated commands in order to participate within an interactive story. It was recently was released as a location-based entertainment
Jan 24, 2019
#728: AI-Guided Dance to Express Collective Sentiment with Frankenstein AI
Frankenstein AI from the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab debuted at Sundance 2018. It was a cross-displinary collaboration that used machine learning, immersive theater, dance, and
Jan 24, 2019
#727: Innerspace VR on Immersive Storytelling with “Firebird – La Peri”
I interviewed the co-founders of Innerspace VR Hadrien Lanvin and Balthazar Auxietre about Firebird – La Peri at the inaugural VR on the Lot in
Jan 24, 2019
#726: Using VR to Deconstruct Tropes & Normative Ideas of Narrative with Filip Kostic
Filip Kostic is an artist and educator at the ArtCenter College of Design, and he had a piece called Landgrab: The Musical that was featured
Jan 21, 2019
#725: Discovering Storytelling Potential of VR/AR through Immersive Journalism with USC’s Robert Hernandez
Robert Hernandez is a Digital Journalism Professor at USC, and he serves a sort of innovation lab to see how journalists can use emerging technologies
Jan 15, 2019
#724: Iranian Ali Eslami’s Speculative Design of a Virtual City
Ali Eslami is an award-winning Iranian virtual reality developer who has recently taken an artist residency in Amsterdam in order to continue his speculative design
Jan 01, 2019
#723: “Pilgrim” is an Interactive AR Audio Documentary in the Streets of Amsterdam
Pilgrim is an AR audio documentary that I experienced at the IDFA DocLab premiere as I was walking through the streets of Amsterdam. Co-director Lauren
Dec 28, 2018
#722: IDFA’s DocLab & “the Creative Treatment of Actuality”
The DocLab at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) was started in 2007 by Caspar Sonnen, and it’s very similar to the New Frontier programming
Dec 21, 2018
#721: Introspective Hero’s Journey of Self-Reflection & Emotional Education with “Where Thoughts Go”
Where Thoughts Go: Prologue is one of my favorite VR storytelling experiences of the year, as I think that creator Lucas Rizzotto has discovered a
Dec 13, 2018
#720: VR Pioneers Fred Brooks & Henry Fuchs on the History of VR
I moderated a discussion with VR pioneers Fred Brooks & Henry Fuchs at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Future of Reality
Dec 10, 2018
#719: The Phenomenology of Architecture & How VR is Revolutionizing Spatial Design Intuition
Designing impossible architecture in VR is changing how Andreea Cojocaru designs real buildings, and she’s reveling in the fact that she finally has a tool
Dec 06, 2018
#718: Worldbuilding Insights from Speculative Architecture: How a Paper Architect-Inspired Architect Finds a Home in VR
Quiddale O’Sullivan is an architect who is using his spatial design skills to design environments within virtual reality. We cover a wide variety of worldbuilding
Dec 04, 2018
#717: VR Privacy Summit Organizer Highlights & Next Steps
The VR Privacy Summit happened on November 8th, and brought together representatives from the top XR companies, start-up companies, VR experts, medical academics, and legal
Nov 23, 2018
#716: VR Privacy Summit: Medical Insights into VR Privacy + Health Benefits of Biometric Data
The medical professionals at the VR Privacy summit has a lot of interesting insights into how they navigate issues around informed consent in medical research
Nov 22, 2018
#715: VR Privacy Summit: Open Web Privacy Lessons for the Immersive Web
Mozilla Mixed Reality’s Diane Hosfelt says, “The immersive web has all of the problems of the 2D web, they’re just magnified and they’re harder.” She
Nov 21, 2018
#714: VR Privacy Summit: Electronic Frontier Foundation on Privacy on the Web
The VR Privacy Summit happened at Standord University on November 8th to explore pressing issues around biometric data privacy in virtual reality. There were around
Nov 19, 2018
#713: Moving Through Grief of Suicide through a Spatial Story in VR with “Homestay”
Paisley Smith’s Homestay is a deeply powerful spatial story that explores her family’s journey of grief from the death by suicide of an international student
Nov 08, 2018
#712: Sci-Fi Worldbuilding to Collaboratively Shape Protopian Futures with Monika Bielskyte
Monika Bielskyte is a futurist, science fiction worldbuilder, and a digital nomad who has been traveling around the world to over 80 different countries searching
Nov 05, 2018
#711: Political Philosophy as Game Design: Resolving Paradox & Confusion with Play
Rust LTD is composed of four avant-garde artists who are experimenting with political philosophy as game design through surrealist narratives and open world sandboxes of
Oct 31, 2018
#710: XR & the Deepest Socio-Political & Economic Context: The Malleability of Reality
VRLA co-founder Cosmo Scharf talks about some of the deepest levels of our current socio-political and economic context, and how VR & AR can teach
Oct 28, 2018
#709: Qualcomm: The Future of XR is Mobile & XR as the Next Computing Platform
Qualcomm believes that the future of XR is mobile. TechCrunch published rumors published that the Oculus Rift 2 headset was being cancelled, which catalyzed a
Oct 25, 2018
#708: Indiecade’s Sam Roberts on the Future of Play as Immersive & Experiential
Indiecade is the International Festival of Play, and Festival Director Sam Roberts curates innovations in game play and interaction paradigms that explore the questions of:
Oct 22, 2018
#707: Spatial Reality Art Show & Self-Service Immersive Art
The Spatial Reality: Artists Explore the Future of XR show is running from October 12 to 28 at the Ayzenberg sp[a]ce gallery in Pasenda, CA.
Oct 19, 2018
#706: Unity’s Tony Parisi on Phone-Based AR Ads: Can Bootstrap the Immersive Industry?
Immersive advertising campaigns on phone-based AR platforms like AR Kit and AR Core are currently subsidizing a lot of development within the larger XR ecosystem
Oct 18, 2018
#705: Magic Leap LEAPCon & Empowering Artists to Innovate with AR
In this podcast episode, I share some of my take aways from Magic Leap’s LEAPcon as well as talk with the creators behind the Sigur
Oct 16, 2018
#704: Embodied Game Design & Experiential Design Insights from Robin Hunicke
Robin Hunicke is the co-founder of Funomena, which recently released Luna. I had a chance to catch up with Hunicke at Oculus Connect 5 where
Oct 08, 2018
#703: The Hierarchy of Being: Embodiment in Virtual Reality
Oculus employees Yelena Rachitsky and Isabel Tewes gave a great talk at Oculus Connect 5 titled “The Hierarchy of Being.” It’s a great melding of
Oct 08, 2018
#702: The VR Exercise Revolution: Empirical Data from the VR Insitute for Health & Exercise
Aaron Stanton says that VR is the most effective piece of exercise equipment he’s ever purchased. He’s spent over 100 hours playing an exercise mod
Oct 05, 2018
#701: Experiential Design of Cause-Based Marketing with Empact Labs + OC5 Highlights
Brands are looking to cause-based marketing & creating interactive experiences in order to provide customers an opportunity to participate in the story of brand that
Oct 04, 2018
#700: Six Psychonauts on VR, Psychedelics, & Consciousness Transformation
I had an opportunity to moderate a panel featuring six psychonauts who are exploring the intersection between Psychedelics, VR, and consciousness transformation at the VRTO
Sep 25, 2018
#699: Using Real-Time Biofeedback & VR to Train Positive Thinking with Healium XR
I talk with StoryUp XR CEO Sarah Hill about an experience that they collaborated on called Healium XR in order to use biofeedback with VR
Sep 25, 2018
#698: Universal Mind & Quantum Mechanics: Idealism as Fundamental Consciousness & VR
Is consciousness emergent from our bodies? Or is it a fundamental field of the universe? It’s possible that various quantum entanglement anomalies from Quantum Mechanics
Sep 21, 2018
#697: A Tour of Phenomenological Philosophers & Embodied Insights into VR
Nicolas Goyer is a writer and philosopher who takes a tour through phenomenology & post-modern philosophy, and how the can provide insights into immersion, embodiment,
Sep 20, 2018
#696: Metaphors of Presence & Experiential Design Keynote Talk at Symposium iX
This Metaphors of Presence & Experiential Design keynote talk that I gave at the Symposium iX conference in Montreal covers provides some concrete metaphors for
Sep 19, 2018
#695: Diversity Training & Testing for Implicit Bias with Debias VR
Clorama Dorvilias’ Debias VR is using virtual reality to make diversity training more immersive, interactive, and fun. There are various controversies around the Implicit Association
Sep 18, 2018
#694: Ken Wilber on Transformational VR, Maps of Consciousness, & Integral Philosophy
Ken Wilber is a philosopher known for his “Integral Theory” framework that mapping of all dimensions of reality, consciousness, and stages of human development. He’s
Sep 14, 2018
#693: Pain Management & Other Medical Applications of VR
Howard Rose is a pioneer in creating medical applications for Virtual Reality, and I had a chance to catch up with him about his company
Sep 07, 2018
#692: Using Immersive Anxiety to Symbolically Depict Racial Tension
Dinner Party is a short VR story that premiered at Sundance, and it uses the story of the alien abduction of Barney and Betty Hill
Sep 05, 2018
#691: Using VR to Cultivate Culture Against Sexual Assault
Morgan Mercer’s Vantage Point is creating virtual reality training experiences in order to cultivate the skills to break the stigma around sexual assault and and
Aug 30, 2018
#690: Survey of Harassment in VR: Cultural Dynamics vs Tech Solutions
On April 4th, Jessica Outlaw released a survey of 600 regular virtual reality users about harassment experiences in VR, which was funded by Pluto VR.
Aug 29, 2018
#689: Ethnomusicology & New Music Rituals in VR
Marlon Fuentes is a ethnomusicologist who looks at the culture of how people relate to music through an anthropological lens. He’s an emerging technologist who
Aug 27, 2018
#688: A Sufi Zikr as Social VR Ritual
Gabo Arora’s ZIKR: A Sufi Revival premiered at Sundance this year. It’s a 360-degree video capture of a number of different Sufi rituals, songs, and
Aug 24, 2018
#687: Group Rituals in VR + 2D vs 3D Cinamatic Language Experiment
Lawnmower Man director Brett Leonard is working on a project called Hollywood Rooftop, which is going to be shot both as an immersive 360 video
Aug 22, 2018