September 2018

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Jazz VR/360 Experience

Take a break from reality and enjoy this virtual jazz VR/360 experience!
The Bobby Militello Quartet performs the Bobby Jones tune, “Straight Ahead.”
This virtual experience was made possible by the Buffalo State Music Department with their beautiful Louis P Ciminelli Recital Hall, and by the Buffalo Jazz Collective along with all of the world class musicians who work with them.
The VR/360 experience was recorded by a GoPro OmniPro camera rig, and spatial audio was captured on a Sennheiser Ambisonic microphone.
#Jazz #livemusic #virtual #360video #spatialaudio #experience#virtualreality #VR #buffalo #saxophone #immersion#welcometothefuture

Oculus Quest

The next iteration of Oculus’ VR headset has been introduced by Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

The new model will combine the benefits of existing VR headsets and minimize the negative aspects that are common complaints. Oculus Quest will be wireless and will not require a powerful PC to operate, but it will still hold the same gaming functions that VR users enjoy by using the Oculus Rift.

Exciting new developments in VR technology will continue over the coming years, propelling the industry further and further into mainstream success. The Oculus Quest is expected to be released in spring of 2019.

#Oculus #facebook #oculusquest #VR #Virtualreality #immersive #wireless #VRgaming #VRproduction #welcometothefuture

https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/26/oculus-quest-hands-on/

Spatial Audio

What’s all the buzz in the media production community? Spatial Audio! Spatial Audio is audio captured by a special, ambisonic microphone and is processed by audio encoders designed to create a 360 soundscape that interacts with immersive VR/360 experiences. A wide array of ambisonic microphones have been introduced recently, which speaks to the industry’s commitment to spatial audio’s role in enhancing immersive experiences.

As longtime users of the Ambeo and Hear360 products, Crosswater’s talented immersive VR/360 audio engineers have become very familiar with recording and mixing tactics, and are excited to collaborate on your immersive projects.
Contact Crosswater at (716) 884-8486, crosswater@crosswater.net, Facebook Messenger, or LinkedIn to learn how VR/360 experiences may be enhanced by spatial audio.
#mediaproduction #buffalo #sounddesign #spatialaudio #soundscape #VR #virtualreality #360video #experience #welcometothefuture

Join our Facebook Group!

Are you interested in learning more about how Immersive media can benefit you? Do you have any experience with immersive media that you’d like to share with others? Crosswater is interested in your ideas, and we hope you’ll consider joining our new Facebook Group!

We believe that creative collaboration is the key to everyone’s success, that’s why we have created this Facebook group forum. Exchange ideas and objectives, ask and answer questions, and pursue curiosities about VR/360 production with Crosswater’s talented producers and other advocates of immersive media. Topics include 360 filming, Spatial audio, Unity Development, AI, AR, XR, Analytics, Gaming, Volumetric video, Haptics, and any other relevant component that contributes to a fulfilling immersive experience.

Click the link below and join, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us should any questions arise!
We thank you in advance for participating in our VR/360 Community!
#facebook #group #forum #discussion #VRchat#VR #virtualreality #immersivemedia #VReducation#VRmedical #VRproduction #buffalo#welcometothefuture

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VR Training

Virtual Reality has been adopted by many different industries for many different purposes. One of the most common purposes for Immersive VR/360 Media is it’s use in job training.
The manufacturing industry has seen a large drop-off in skilled workers. They have been searching for innovative training methods to prepare prospective employees for their jobs quickly, safely, and cost-effectively.
VR education meets all of these criteria, as well as providing the viewer with “the ability to experience real-life situations otherwise not available through traditional classroom settings.”
All of these reasons are why manufacturing companies are beginning to employ VR training and education.
Contact Crosswater at (716) 884-8486, crosswater@crosswater.net, Facebook Messenger, or LinkedIn to learn how VR training may be beneficial for your business or organization.
#VR #virtualreality #VRtraining #possibilities #perspective #training #learning #jobsafety #immersive #VRproduction #buffalo #360video #welcometothefuture

VR/360 Water Lantern Festival

Crosswater’s VR/360 producers attended the Water Lantern Festival at the Outer Harbor in Buffalo.

The Water Lantern Festival is a traveling event that stops in many cities to create a uniquely emotional and loving atmosphere where people can write down some hopes and dreams, or letters to loved ones, and then send them out into the water.

Immerse yourself into this beautiful landscape on the water in Buffalo, and take in all of the beauty that this festival offers.

#waterlantern #VR #Virtualreality #360video #immersion #buffalo #VRproduction #mediaproduction #emotional #experience #welcometothefuture

 

VR Training

Slowly but surely, the practical uses of VR are pushing it further into the mainstream.

This article focuses on how VR is being utilized by construction workers for job training, and how that is improving their safety conditions on the job.

The possibilities are endless, and are not limited to only construction. Contact Crosswater at (716) 884-8486, crosswater@crosswater.net, Facebook Messenger, or LinkedIn to learn how VR training may be beneficial for your business or organization.

#VR #virtualreality #VRtraining #possibilities #perspective #training #learning #jobsafety #immersive #VRproduction #buffalo #360video #welcometothefuture

https://www.constructiondive.com/news/real-results-from-virtual-reality-safer-jobsites/532515/

SpaceX VR

The founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, announced that SpaceX’s manned mission to orbit the moon and return safely to Earth will be equipped with a VR live stream, allowing you to immerse yourself into history as it’s being made.

Musk, who is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential business magnates of his generation, shows a commitment to immersive VR/360 media with this announcement.

He released few details, but claimed that the goal is to be ready for the mission by 2023. VR/360 technology is progressing so rapidly that it’s hard to predict where it may be in 5 years, but he’s got enough faith in the technology to make it apart of what will be one of his greatest accomplishments.

#VR #virtualreality #spaceX #tesla #elonmusk #space #moon #orbit #360video #immersive #welcometothefuture

https://www.cnet.com/news/elon-musk-spacex-moon-mission-will-be-livestreamed-in-vr/

Music Therapy

Music and a healthy mind go hand-in-hand!

“Research has con­firmed that music has both psy­chological and physiological effects,” according to UC Berkeley’s article about music’s therapeutic value. Crosswater’s co-founder and composer, John Michael Adamo, knows this well, and has been composing music designed to comfort patients suffering from Dementia and Depression for an ongoing project with our Canadian healthcare partners, Primacare Living Solutions.

Contact Crosswater at (716) 884-8486, crosswater@crosswater.net, Facebook Messenger, or LinkedIn to learn how the power of music can have profound impacts, and how John may be able to help create the perfect soundscape to fit your specific needs.

#music #musictherapy #mediaproduction #buffalo #sounddesign #soundscape #research #musicproduction #composer

http://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-mind/mood/article/music-therapy-depression?s=EFA_180918_AA1&st=email&ap=ed

VR Therapy

Did you know that 19 million US adults struggle with phobias every day of their lives?
Therapists have started using VR/360 technology to expose these people to their greatest fears, teaching them that the initial panic will pass and that they are strong enough to handle the physical reactions that result from irrational fear.
VR therapy is in the preliminary stages of research to find conclusive scientific evidence that the method is an effective way to deal with irrational phobias. However, personal anecdotes from subjects of the therapy method have been overwhelmingly positive thus far.
Take a look at this video by the Associated Press, which explains some examples of how this method has helped people suffering from phobias.
#VR #virtualreality #phobia #AP #medicalresearch #VRtherapy #immersion #welcometothefuture