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SMPTE Hollywood Section: June Meeting


SMPTE.logo (2)The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is set to explore the advent of fully immersive virtual reality (VR) at its monthly meeting, Wednesday, June 19, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles.

Star Trek introduced science fiction fans to the “holodeck,” an imaginary VR system that allowed people to enter lifelike holographic environments. Now, some technologists and engineers are attempting to make the holodeck a reality.

At its June meeting, SMPTE Hollywood will host a panel discussion by representatives of companies that are founding members of the Immersive Digital Reality Alliance (IDEA); a non-profit alliance of innovators promoting the development of an end-to-end ecosystem for the capture, distribution and display of immersive media. They will discuss their plans for building holodeck-like technologies and share their vision for the future of immersive media. The event will include a live demonstration of the world’s first holographic desktop display from Looking Glass Factory.

Panelists will include Ryan Damm, CEO and founder of Visby; Dr. Arianne Hinds, PhD, principal architect/video and standards strategy at Cablelabs; Jon Karafin, CEO and founder of Light Fiels Lab; Andrew Cochrane, award-winning VR and immersive experience director. Anthony Magliocco, vice president/business development at Entertainment and Media Technology Marketing, is producing the meeting.

(L-R) Ryan Damm, Dr. Arianne Hinds, Jon Karafin, Andrew Cochrane

SMPTE Hollywood Section June Meeting:
Topic: Building Truly Immersive Experiences: Are You Ready for the Holodeck?
When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 6:30pm – Reception 7:30pm – Presentation and Panel Discussion
Where: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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