By Tom Ffiske
VR/AR and metaverse analysis every Wednesday and Sunday // 16 March 2022
Day six of Covid. Bored out of my mind, and introspective – which led to me shifting my strategy for the Immersive Wire.
A selection of SXSW experiences
SXSW and its XR programme is now in full swing. I am a big fan of SXSW, which artfully tows the line between high-profile business and dance opportunities. It’s the creative technologist’s event, and it always profiles some great immersive experiences that people should at least look into.
With that, here are some highlight experiences which might be worth peeking at:
- Acorn is an AR experience that involves an acorn growing into an oak.
- Alone Together is an AR experience that explores familial attachment and virtual beings.
- Composition is an interactive experience with a mix of AR and wooden cubes.
- Dreams of a Lunatic is a melodic space techno music album using a 360 dome.
- GENESIS is a VR experience that shows the lifetime of the Earth and mankind.
- Gloaming is a one-hour immersive multi-site VR experience and live performance that simultaneously connects two groups on opposite sides of the world.
- Radio Ghost is an app-based ghost-hunt that encourages playful interactions.
- Surviving 9/11 is a documentary on the eponymous tragedy.
- The Choice explores the debate on reproductive rights.
- The Infinite is an immersive experience centred around the International Space Station.
If you’re not attending, 18 of the 33 XR experiences will be on VAST.
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Bob Iger and Reggie Fils-Aime will not meet in the metaverse
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- Bob Iger joined the board of Genies, a metaverse platform.
- Fast Travel Games launched Virtuoso, a creative music sandbox.
- Metaverse Game Studios raised $10m.
- Not a unique name, but direct and to the point.
- Reggie Fils-Aime said Meta is ‘not an innovative company.’
- His belief is that Meta does not create its own ideas, and built on others as part of its services.
- Tobii announced a collaboration with LIV and Ready Player Me.
- No link as it is announced just as this newsletter is sent; have a quick Google to find the info!
- Zara Hadid made a metavese city called Liberland.
- Zen Internet says that 18% of British 16 to 24 year olds are making friends in the metaverse.
- I am unsure what this means; does the survey mean online games like Fortnite? If so, that’s been happening for many years.
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Tom Ffiske is the Editor of the Immersive Wire, a twice-weekly newsletter on the immersive industry.