Wednesday, April 01, 2015

April 1 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The tech world was shocked when Facebook acquired Kickstarter Oculus at 20X cash in for $2 billion. That has activated experimentation and innovation in virtual reality glasses, stereoscopic video displays that shut out a view of the real world around. It is only the last few years that it has been possible to recompute the stereo view of a scene in real time to conform to head movement. It is yet imperfect, with scene lag and motion sickness, dependent on the scene, viewer, and time in experience. It is anticipated they will be big in gaming. But as simulation develops, they will become commonplace, after overcoming the geeky valley.

The original Oculus Rift used a single display about 3 by 6 inches, viewed in halves by each eye through focal length-correcting lenses. Rival Google has distributed plans for a cardboard frame, Google Cardboard, which can hold a mobile phone to provide the same functionality.

Local creative concern Instrument has invited artists and designers to decorate these cardboard frames with images inspired by dreams. The frames will be sold as a benefit for the P:ear Mentor program.

The artists are Bakers Son, Jon Contino, Hannah Chloe Lee, Tron 444, Olivia Obritz, Whoopi, Audrey Davis, Craig Wheat, Gavin Potenza, Cameron Stewart, Osmose, David Wien, Kiriko, Kristin Reiter, Natalie Woo, Adam R Garcia, Hoang Nguyen, Jarrett Reynolds, Tina Le, Amy Ruppel, Toby Grubb, Kelly Purkey, Justin Morris, Anh Nguyen, Jason Sturgill and Aaron Rayburn.

One night only, with online sales beginning tomorrow. Dreams Incarnated by Instrument at 2319 NE Glisan 6PM-9 Free