The other day I attended a large XR meetup in Tokyo, Japan. The meetup name is "xR Tech Tokyo #15". I reported about the event because it is worth reporting to overseas XR communities.
- 1. What is xR Tech Tokyo?
- 2. A new style VR visual novel "Tokyo Chronos"
- 3. Virtual market
- 4. Intuitive dishes recommend service "eata" and VR
- 5. A prototype and problems of VR during walking
- 6. A block chain and XR potential
- 7. Conclusion
1. What is xR Tech Tokyo?
xR Tech Tokyo is one of the largest XR communities. There are several XR communities in Japan, but few of them has over 1,000 members.
Registered member in xR Tech Tokyo is over 2,000. Over 100 attendees are in each meet up.
Referred from "https://vrtokyo.connpass.com/event/121561/"
Presenters in each meet up belong to from academic societies to entertainment and industrial business domain.
In this blog post, I introduce noteworthy presentations in the 15th meetup. If you're interested in full presentations, check the Japanese version blog post.
The post describes full presentations and their slides made by slideshare, speakerdeck and so on.
2. A new style VR visual novel "Tokyo Chronos"
Tokyo Chronos is a VR mystery game.
The game was one of Oculus Essentials as of 20th Apr. 2019.
Referred from：Oculus Essentials Experiences | Oculus | Oculus
The persenters said it was difficult to sell an anonymous game in VR market. Therefore, they made Tokyo Chronos fun communities first and made fun events until the release day. These fun users bought and posted good review after the release day.
These games are quite popular RPG or visual novels in Japan. If you don't know these games, check their web sites. You can understand character designs of Tokyo Chronos are similar with these games. Affinity design attracts gamers who likes these games.
3. Virtual market
Virtual market is 3D avators and 3D data market place in VR space. Attendees of virtual market put on their VR headset and log in the market. They move around freely, talk with each attendees by VR controller. The presenters are founders of the market.
Referred from : バーチャルマーケット
Current virtual market has 6 worlds and these worlds has various stores.
The presenters explained problems for increasing users. These are new common sense in VR world. Human can not do the following things in real world. But human can do in VR world. Such things are not familiar with VR beginners.
If they fall 10 meters to the ground, they get no injured.
Floating icon on their heads
To increase VR users, we have to get VR beginners to understand such new common sense. The presenters introduced two ideas.
(1) Adapt similar icon like real world
In "Virtual Market", an icon like elevator is set on an area. The area means attendees can move up.
The presenters said we should propose new icon for VR world.
(2) Fool proof idea should be adapted for users
Fool proof is a concept not to make users injured even if users use wrongly.
Many controller buttons make VR beginners confuse. If their appearance changes when pushing a button for talking with others, they dislike to dive into VR world and communicate with others. Therefore, foolproof should be considered.
4. Intuitive dishes recommend service "eata" and VR
Presented by @ichi1984
"eata" is a restaurant recommendation service by food pictures. Currently it seems to be launched only in Japan.
One of the unique points is that the criteria of the site is not users comment and users evaluation rate. If you use "eata", you can see delicious foods. When you select a food picture, you can check a restaurant information.
"eata" adapts 360 photo VR to inform an atmosphere of the restaurant.
5. A prototype and problems of VR during walking
Presented by @zawazawatw氏
The presenters proposed a prototype of VR during walking. A final goal of in this study is equal to "Hyper Reality".
In the world, we use VR headset every time and everyday. But we have already had a problem with smartphone. It is what is called smartphone zombies.
Referred from : フリー写真素材ぱくたそ
The same problem may happens if users keep to put on their VR headset. The presenter proposed a prototype as shown in the following picture.
Only far area is described as VR world. Near area is not described. The presenter says he will improve the prototype.
6. A block chain and XR potential
Prestented by @mogmogvr
The presenters proposed a new digital data sales transaction platform for VR. He said if VR becomes popular, digital data and avators may be illegally copied. If some huge companies which manage digital data go bankrupt, many people are affected.
Therefore, the presenter proposes a new digital data sales transaction platform "Conata". "Conata" is based on blockchain technologies. The picture is a sample image of Conata.
The post is part of the 15h meetup report. Other attendees posted reports not only presentation but also demonstration. (These are written in Japanese)
I'll increase English posts not only reports but also technologies. Check the category URL if you are interested.