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Top 15 websites and influencers to get informed about VR trends + quotes
Today in this article we are outlining top 10 websites that can help us understand VR landscape. We will also mention the influential colleagues that pave the world towards the future where VR will be more readily used.
- Founded in 2011, Road to VR is the world’s leading independent news publication dedicated to the consumer virtual reality industry. We explore the bleeding edge of virtual reality, augmented reality, and human-computer interaction. We’re charting the course between today’s immersive technology and that of the distant future, capable of perfect simulations of reality.
In a quote for Oanalitica Chris Madsen, the social VR liaison on behalf of Road to VR outlined the road ahead of us:
“Augmented Reality devices access, manipulate and present data in real time within the environment of the user. AR is becoming more powerful as evolving technology allows us to capture more environmental data than ever before. AR applications utilizing this data allow interactions relative to our physical space effectively giving us superpowers such as the ability to look through walls, identify unknown objects, read foreign languages and even get step by step visual assistance with problems all in real time.
As a tool for personal enhancement the possibilities are staggering. The most exciting thing to me is how artificial intelligence is converging with AR. Fully interactive AI assistants, teachers, doctors, guides, instructors, entertainers, companions and more will eventually be just a command away. What they will they look like and how they will function is a work in progress. At Morph 3D we are implementing dynamic, customizable avatars to provide AI’s, users and in-app characters a way to be represented in our multiple realities. We are living in the future, folks. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!”
2)VRARA is the global industry association for Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality that connects leading solution providers with brands and customers.
Our company had the pleasure of becoming a VRARA member and we connected with industry experts and potential clients on a massive scale. VRARA enabled us achieve what would be almost impossible to do in a traditional manner. Their advisory board and the multitude of international chapters is admirable.
Apart from membership and webinars VRARA portrays its mission at VR/AR Global Summit.
VRARA defines itself as an international organization designed to foster collaboration between innovative companies and people in the VR and AR ecosystem that accelerates growth, fosters research and education, helps develop industry standards, connects member organizations and promotes the services of member companies.
- Since 2014 VRScout started to grow among the creative community of authors in Los Angeles, and it was created with the intention to cast a light on the development in virtual reality and the people behind it.
Now as we speak VRScout is among the world’s leading immersive media companies, reaching over 150 million people in 2016 and inspiring a community of explorers and creators through original reporting, immersive content crafted in our LA studio, and one-of-a-kind events.
Malia Probst has been one of the key people behind this medium, as a host of the VRScout Report, a weekly live video show and podcast discussing the best in VR.
- VRFocus is a UK-based specialist technology news website, which covers all aspects of immersive technology. Meaning virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). VRFocus is primarily concerned with VR entertainment.
- Upload VR is a California medium is dedicated to accelerating the success of the immersive technology industry.
When it comes to influencers these are our choices thanks to the selection of colleagues from Izea.
- Rick King is a game developer who’s in VR, mixed reality and augmented reality. As one of the top VR influencers, he has 265,000 followers on Twitter, and often tweets a mixture of VR news and political posts.
- Ryan Bell is the “beat poet of tech.” He has 49,800 followers, works as a media strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs, and has carved a niche for himself in the digital storytelling and VR world. He’s also one of the founders of VR Scout, making him one of our top VR influencers.
- Karissa Bell is a top VR influencer and a reporter for Mashable.com with 11,100 followers. The topics she covers are apps and social media, including VR apps.
- Tipatat has 14,000 Twitter followers, and is an investor in and mentor for VR companies. He’s one of the top VR influencers and a general partner at the VR Fund, a venture capital firm devoted to VR projects. If you want to know what VR investors are looking for, he’s the guy to ask.
- Malia Probst is a partner at VR Scout, and the host of the Real Virtual Show. As one of the top VR influencers, she regularly publishes news about VR on Medium, and has more than 10,000 Twitter followers.
- Hugo Barra is the VP of VR for Facebook and Oculus. He joined FB in January of 2017 to lead Team Oculus there. As one of the top VR influencers, he has 121,000 followers on Twitter.
- John Carmack is another top VR influencer with a connection to Oculus — he’s the CTO of the company. 839,000 people follow him on Twitter.
- Josh Farkas is at work on a VR relaxation app for Oculus, and is the CEO of Cubicle Ninjas. The top VR influencer has 6,677 followers.
- Sanem Avcil is the founder of a VR game company, and a top VR influencer who keeps her 139,000 Twitter followers up-to-date on what’s going on in the virtual reality and augmented reality worlds.
- Rob Crasco is a VR evangelist and one of the top VR influencers with 23,500 followers on Twitter. He also has a YouTube channel dedicated to all things VR: Virtually Everything.
Influencer marketing and virtual reality can go hand in hand. After all, thanks to virtual reality, consumers have a real chance to try things out in real time, before they commit to buying, or before they even commit to seeing the item IRL. While people might not be adopting VR as quickly as they have other technologies (like the smartphone and tablet), there are a few who have jumped on the VR bandwagon and are happily leading the way.