Two roads diverged in a wood and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference — Robert Frost
Virtual Reality (VR) uses VR headsets like Google VR cardboard sometimes in combination with physical spaces or multi-projected environments, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment.
Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality does sound like spooky stuff in this part of this world and with early adopters like Imisi 3D who are creating a community of VR developers, users, and enthusiasts, you bet that the growing tech ecosystem in Nigeria does have as much promise as it does variety.
Defying the early morning downpour that went on for several hours on Saturday July 1, the Imisi 3d team led by Judith held an Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality meetup at the Google Office, Ikoyi.
Aniedi, Developer Relations Ecosystem Program Manager at Google opened the meetup by giving a small talk about Google’s support for the tech ecosystem hinged on 4 core principles of advocacy, adoption, awareness and perception.
Speakers at the event included Seye Ayinla, Uche Okolie and Tade Ajiboye.
Uche Okolie, from Cleec Designs walked participants through a use case of UnrealEngine. It was a pretty much hands-on session as participants got a chance to ask questions about different concepts. Judith mentioned he was one of the first people she reached out to for his interest in the VR space and for the work he had done in the architectural space.
Tade, VR developer at Imisi 3D gave a talk on 360 media.
It was quite interesting listening to him. You should read up a medium post chronicling how he earned his Udacity Nanodegree in Virtual Reality.
Highly developed countries tend to have more women in their population. Link. Considering that is where we want Nigeria to go, let us help more women get involved in technology.
Know any women who would like to know more about VR and how they can get involved? Send them here.
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