Yesterday marked the beginning of this year’s 5-day Beakerhead festival, and what a great start it was. As the spectacle pulls together and combines STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) topics, the city has the opportunity to take in over 60 wonders created and showcased. With over 130,000 people attending the event last year, 2017 holds high hopes.
Along with all the different installations and artwork present, attendees also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops. Last night, Chic Geek partnered with Beakerhead to present the new and innovative direction that Virtual Reality (VR) is taking.
With keynote speakers including, Andrea Bastin (VP IT at ENMAX), Jermey Bibby (Principal Architect with Avanade), Surayatapa Roy (U of C Graduate Student), and Jenna Davis and David Brown (DIRTT Representatives), the event took the opportunity to explore all the different ways that VR has already been integrated into our everyday lives, and all the ways that it has yet the potential to be.
After hearing about the multitude of ways that companies are putting VR, Mixed Reality (MR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to use, and having the chance to test out the latest HoloLens and Oculus Rift, one can’t help but ask; where is this virtual experience taking us? Is VR the future of consumer technology? Will I one day be able to hone my inner Tony Stark and use VR in my own home?
The answers, much like with most other things relating to technological advancements, remain to yet be determined. With new designs and ideas coming to surface everyday, the hopes to have a VR device in every home seem not too far off. It isn’t just the every day gamer that has the potential to take in the wonders that VR can provide. With new developments coming out and the interest in VR continuing to grow, a future with devices in every household seems closer to us than we realize.
For more exciting workshops and exhibits to check out at Beakerhead, click here.