The UK benefits from a burgeoning augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) development scene. Huge amounts of innovation from up and down the isle has undoubtedly been a catalyst for the industry, and as such there’s correspondingly a huge amount of events catering to those responsible. Develop:Brighton, taking place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, 10th – 12th July 2019, is one of the most popular developer events in the UK, and this year has a few choice sessions for AR and VR developers.
Top of the bill has to be ZeroLight‘s ‘Next Gen VR – What Developers Need to Know’, set to be hosted by Andrew Ayre and Alvaro Barúa, on Wednesday 10th July at 5pm BST. In the session the pair will discuss how ZeroLight are optimising for next-generation VR to achieve great performance for automotive experiences on head-mounted displays (HMDs) with wider FOVs and higher resolutions. The team at ZeroLight has carved a name for itself in respect to super high-fidelity visuals in VR, so getting on the inside track as to how they see this technology progress is bound to be worth your time.
Timothy Aidley will be present to discuss the processes behind adapting Tilt Brush to Oculus Quest. His session, 3pm, Wednesday 10th July, covers some of the challenges experienced and lessons learned in taking a VR experience designed for a high-end desktop and getting it to run smoothly on mobile hardware. As well as hearing about the specific challenges the team faced, attendees will gain insight about tools and approaches useful in porting their own Desktop VR application to mobile, with a specific focus on creativity applications.
Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Stuart Whyte will present a session discussing the long-awaited Blood & Truth, currently in development for PlayStation VR, at 12pm on Wednesday, 10th July, inviting audiences to learn about the choices behind crafting believable characters and creating engaging movement systems; a topic for debate that has become somewhat heated over the past three years.
Also on the agenda is Facebook’s Jim Burbrick, discussing the best practices for building safe immersive worlds, Richard Mitchell of Monkey Science presenting a talk about immersive storytelling, Richard Varhman of Artyfax on how to make a child-friendly process for creating AR objects, John Griffiths on using VR as a training tool for emergency services and Figment Productions’ Simon Reveley discussing the emergence of location-based VR experiences, such as Zero Latency.
Develop:Brighton will take place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, 10th – 12th July 2019. Do you plan on attending? Let us know in the comments below!