The Nature Conservancy enters VR

June 8th is World Ocean’s Day, which makes it an excellent opportunity to investigate a stunning VR experience that will teach you much more about the world of industrial scale fishing. We spoke to Tim Dillon of MPC about the project, which was created for The Nature Conservancy.

This Is Our Future

This project was created for The Nature Conservancy – can you give us an introduction?

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, it creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. The Nature Conservancy is tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 65 countries, they use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.

Give us a brief description of This Is Our Future – what will people see and experience?

This Is Our Future takes the viewer on a journey through huge scale gallery spaces where they can see the problems facing the fishery via a series of sculptures that communicate information through the viewer’s actions.  The VR experience is a real-time engine-based piece that uses a non-photographic approach, and was built using Unreal Engine. This is a piece that could not have been created as a pre-rendered video, not only because of the interactivity, but also because the compositions themselves relied on positional tracking. We took advantage of Unreal’s procedural capabilities—different things will happen for each viewer and every time.

This Is Our Future

Many people might not be aware of how industrial scale fishing works. In This Is Our Future, we get a look at it. Is it accurate?

Yes, this is an accurate experience for sure!  We were careful to create a story in both visual and VO that portrayed the issues and brought the size of the issue to life in a new way.

(For more information on the real world issues, see this site for a detailed explanation.)

As a title, This Is Our Future is quite definitive – do we have no chance of stopping it?

Absolutely not! The Nature Conservancy proposes that by using new technologies, known and unknown, there is so much we can do to turn the tide against these issues.

This Is Our Future

What can people do who feel moved by This Is Our Future to help stop overfishing?

Please support the campaign, tell their friends, support the issues locally and nationwide. It’s about being engaged and getting others involved, this is hugely important, especially now when we have an administration here in the US that is not supporting climate change issues.

Thank you for speaking with us, Tim.


This Is Our Future is available on Viveport.

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Summoner Showcase 119

A brand new episode of Summoner Showcase!
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ICYMI a new #ProjectCARS2 trailer dropped this morning! Check…

ICYMI a new #ProjectCARS2 trailer dropped this morning! 

Check out what’s in store for the world’s most authentically-crafted, technically-advanced racing sim. #ProjectCARS2 will arrive September 22nd, for PS4, XB1 and PC. Preorder the Day 1 Edition now

7 Home Theater Projector Tips for the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Is dad a sports fan or movie aficionado?

Thanks to today’s projection technology, there’s never been a better way to watch a game or film, transforming game or movie night.

BenQ’s latest home theater projectors deliver big-screen enjoyment that goes beyond the flatscreen and immerses everyone in a color-rich, eye-popping experience right at home. 

Here are 7 tips when considering a home theater projector for dad this Father’s Day.

1. For the most enjoyable experience, select a full HD 1080p projector that will offer an immersive, crystal-clear picture even in the most constrained spaces.

2. A short throw, high-brightness projector, for example, can beam a 100-inch or larger image in stunning detail even just at five feet away.

3. For gamers, opt for a projector that features low input lag so their actions don’t skip a beat.

4. Movie enthusiasts would enjoy a projector with a high-performance color wheel that will produce brilliant color even during fast plays and action-packed scenes.

5. Features like Rec. 709 mean the projector is well-equipped to reproduce the exact color palette used by Hollywood studios to master movies and TV programs, bringing movie-theater quality and true-to-life colors to the living room.

6. Consider projectors that boast a rich set of connectivity options open up content and media options.

7. Look for dual HDMI inputs with one doubling as an MHL port: It will allow the dads in your life to stream videos, games or photos on the big screen from their own mobile devices.

With the range of innovative features, dads can elevate the home theater experience to a whole new level and enjoy full HD 1080p movies, TV shows, sporting events, and action-packed video games on the big screen without busting the budget.

Ready to give dad the gift that keeps on giving?

BenQ has three great gift options to brighten up dad’s entertainment experience.

 

HT2150ST Home Entertainment Projector
MSRP: $999

Product page: https://www.benqdirect.com/ht2150st.html

Editor’s Choice – Projector Central

 

HT3050 Home Entertainment Projector

MSRP: $999

Product page: https://www.benqdirect.com/ht3050-home-theater-projector.html

Best Home Theater Projector of 2017 – Gadget Review

 

HT2050 Home Entertainment Projector
MSRP: $799

Product page: https://www.benqdirect.com/ht2050-home-theater-projector.html

Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 Hits the Mac App Store!

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Aspyr Media is excited to announce that Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 is available now on the Mac App Store! Prepare for a cinematic thrill-ride in the epic sequel to the multiple Game of the Year award-winner Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2.

In the world’s darkest hour, are you willing to do what is necessary?

Jump into the epic single-player campaign that sees the return of John “Soap” McTavish and John Price immediately following the events of Modern Warfare® 2 as they pursue the Russian ultranationalist, Vladimir Makarov.

Or, you can join other Mac App Store players in the multiplayer experience that raised the bar by focusing on fast-paced, gun-on-gun combat, along with innovative features that support and enhance a large variety of play-styles. Killstreaks have been redesigned, new game modes are being introduced, and a gun progression system evolves your weapons over time*.

Multiplayer features include:

  • Ranked Matchmaking
  • Online movie vault
  • Leaderboards
  • Spec Ops Leaderboards
  • Spec Ops Matchmaking
  • Server side stats

If you need help creating your own dedicated multiplayer server, follow this guide!

*Please note that multiplayer for the Mac App version of Modern Warfare® 3 is for Mac App players only. There is no cross-platform play with Steam.

Good hunting!

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Why You Need BenQ’s ST550K to Increase Revenue at Your Restaurant

BenQ's ST550K

Why You Need BenQ’s ST550K to Increase Revenue at Your Restaurant

BenQ Corporation

We’ve established that expanding your revenue is a necessity in today’s competitive environment, and increasing customers’ appetites is a vital component to doing just that. We’ve also discussed that there is a number of ways to accomplish this task, one of which is the utilization of display technology.

Read on to discover why the BenQ ST550K is a spectacular choice to increase consumer appetites and raise profits in your restaurant.

Stunning Image Quality

The ST550K’s 4K resolution is the perfect way to display images of food with tantalizing detail, and unique fonts on special seasonal menus will pop fantastically.

Plus, it’s been thoughtfully engineered with a slim and stylish design and will fit in with any ambiance, whether you’re a high-end bistro, a family-owned cafe or a traditional Irish pub.

Easy to Run and Manage Content

Get the most out of your digital signage by ensuring that you can adapt to the quickly-changing restaurant industry. Having an easy-to-use content management system will make it easy to design and execute menus with corresponding item listings and images.

BenQ’s ST550K has you covered with its proprietary X-Sign content management system, which comes with dozens of easily-modified templates that can be altered on your PC and uploaded directly to the unit.

Easy to Install and Maintain

It’s important to choose digital signage that will deliver a low total cost of ownership (TCO), because building and maintaining the decor of a restaurant can quickly become one of the most expensive aspects of running an establishment. BenQ recognizes and meets this need with the ST550K.

Its lightweight and slender build makes it easy to mount wherever you want it located, whether on a wall or behind a hostess stand.

Post-installation operation is a breeze, as the ST550K boasts an innovative Multiple Display Administrator (MDA). The MDA allows the signage and various other units to be controlled from one central place, which could be anywhere from an onsite manager’s office to a location in corporate headquarters.

An innovative failure alert system notifies the administrator of potential problems that may crop up, helping you avoid embarrassing glitches that could affect your reputation.

Expert Knowledge and Advice

The restaurant industry has never been more aggressive, making the need to increase per-customer revenues greater than ever before.

Choose a digital signage solution that brings outstanding image quality together with unmatched reliability. Choose the ST550K by BenQ.

At Infocomm 2017 in Orlando, Florida from June 14 to 16, you can personally experience BenQ’s ST550K digital signage, the future of dining display technology, at booth #2820. Click here to receive a complimentary ticket and book your private demonstration.