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Featured Video: The Oculus Arcade Immersion 2014

The “Oculus Arcade” was an interactive feature of the Immersion 2014 Summit at LMU that allowed participants to demo the Oculus Rift technology through a range of immersive virtual reality experiences. This interactive component was made possible by OC(Orange County) Virtual Reality Meetup. Member developers who participated in Orange County’s first VR hackathon designed many of the VR experiences demoed in the “Oculus Arcade”.

Lots of VR experiences are being developed for the Oculus Rift, and Smithsonian LVM has created a virtual reality version of Céramica de Los Ancestros, an exhibition and online simulation in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian for exploring artifacts. Read more on our discussion of immersive education below.

Related Topics & Educational Resources:

Smithsonian LVM Interactive Archive

Virtual Boy Scouts Earn Merit Badge at Smithsonian LVM

Why is Immersive Education Important?

Immersive Technology: Oculus Rift

Céramica de Los Ancestros 3D Basecamp

Eco Explorers 3D Interactive Games

Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM and become a part of our growing online community.Learn more about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on the Latino.si.edu website and view more of our cultural and educational resources.

iED Immersion 2014 Recap

I created this video using my iPhone 5.  I confess I had my Zoom hand recorder with me, but without the extra hands to hold in while I was shooting I ended up using the mic on my iPhone earbuds as a lapel mic. Considering the alternative of using the built-in mic on the iPhone I think it came out okay.  

I gave the Oculist Rift a spin and checked out several of the viral reality experiences available in the oculus Arcade and I was impressed with how real a 360 view makes a virtual reality experience. Truly immersive! But I couldn’t take more than 15 minutes of that before nausea set in. It takes some getting use to, but wearable 3D VR experiences are making immersive media, mainstream media.

Read more about my immersive musings on the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum’s Tumblr blog where I blog daily.

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A recap in photos of the Immersive Education (iED) Initiative’s Arts and Culture Council (iACC), beginning with a sunset cocktail reception and guest musical artist and ethnomusicologist Alessandro Hernandez, at The Getty Center  before kick-off of the 2014 summit with Keynote, Smithsonian’s Melissa Carrillo. Melissa and a team of Smithsonian experts led a discussion about  ” key challenges facing museums today around issues of authority, authenticity, digitization, ownership, social networking, materiality, virtualization and user-generated content”  in their collective presentation, “Exploring The Impact of Immersion on Arts & Culture” . 

View more photos and happening from the iED Immersion 2014 Summit on our Twitter and Instagram channels @Smithsonian_LVM.

Related Topics & Educational Resources:

Web 3-D Interactive Books

3-D LVM Augmented Reality

Eco Explorers 3D Interactive Games

Target Corp. Sponsorship Press Release

The Immersive Education Initiative

Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM and become a part of our growing online community. Learn more about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on the Latino.si.edu website and view more of our cultural and educational resources.

Back in June I had the pleasure of documenting the iED Immersion 2014 Summit for the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (I blog there daily if you want to see where I’ve been hiding the past few months) and it occured to me that I hadn’t updated blog with all of the wonderful experiences I had. So the next few posts will be a recap or more simply, reposts from their blog of all the I content created to share those experiences. Enjoy!

#tomthecat watching #hulu

#tomthecat watching #hulu

#karawalkerdomino people are not subtle about viewing her rear, posing in front of it with big smiles. I wondered what they were experiencing. What provokes this?

#karawalkerdomino people are not subtle about viewing her rear, posing in front of it with big smiles. I wondered what they were experiencing. What provokes this?

Had the #karawalkerdomino experience today…still reflecting on it.

Had the #karawalkerdomino experience today…still reflecting on it.

#instasound Just the app I was looking for! @kokayi #zazahey

Featured Video: DBT(Double Bubble Trouble) Directed by M.I.A., from the album MATANGI 

BANG! BANG! (In my best Oprah voice) And you get a gun, and you get a gun, and you get a gun! Did you see the 1984 reference? Is this maybe M.I.A. response to “Big Brother” watching, and a totalitarian future? The Internet, 3D printing and protection of your rights. Controversy! 

Follow the link to read audience responses in the comments about the video. 

The #CutPatterns Project 
A line of #AfricanInspired interactive print fabrics and wallpapers I’ve created in response to Female Genital Cutting to support awareness campaigns working to end the pattern of this horrifying act against women in the name of virtue and honor. For the fashionable and #sociallyconscious - Stay tuned as this project evolves!
CutPatterns fabrics and wallpapers are available for sale on Spoonflower.com

The #CutPatterns Project 

A line of #AfricanInspired interactive print fabrics and wallpapers I’ve created in response to Female Genital Cutting to support awareness campaigns working to end the pattern of this horrifying act against women in the name of virtue and honor. For the fashionable and #sociallyconscious - Stay tuned as this project evolves!

CutPatterns fabrics and wallpapers are available for sale on Spoonflower.com

stonedastronomer:

Cosmos - A SpaceTime Odyssey Episode 1. 

I hope you Stellar beings tuned in for the first lesson of the Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson. If not this video is the first full show. Catch up on your homework! Did you know you are made of stardust? Twinkle, twinkle little stars!

To infinity and beyond!!!

(via andromeda1023)

The DC Interactive Documentary Summit

Friends, followers, and interactive documentary makers please join me and several of my colleagues who will be presenting at The DC Interactive Documentary Summit to be held at George Washington University. All traditional forms of media and storytelling have been upended by the influences of digital technology - and the documentary storytelling experience is no exception. During the two-day DC Interactive Documentary Summit (DC IDS) experts in digital media will join with experts in traditional filmmaking to explore the opportunities and impacts of the always on, real time, participatory nature of the Internet and mobile technology on documentary storytelling.

I’ll be hosting The Interactive Storyteller’s Toolkit at 12 noon on Thursday, March 13, 2014. This panel will discuss available platforms, project management, and resources for creating immersive projects.

You’re sure to learn a lot, and it will be a great opportunity to meet possible collaborators! We hope you will join us!


THE DC INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY SUMMIT is March 13-14, 2014


Presenters (more to be added):

Lance Kramer - Meridian Hill Pictures
Maryanne Culpepper - former President, Nat. Geo TV
Nicole Elly-Carr - Mgr. Digital Content & Stratey, PBS
Felicia Pride - Pride Collaborative
Kelli Anderson - Sojournals
Erica Schlaikjer - Benevolent Media
Aziz Isham & Patrick White - Arcade Sunshine
Angeline Voung - Center for American Progress
Jeffrey Osborn - Graphicacy
Erica Ginsberg - Docs In Progress
Adam Stackhouse – AVadventure


Venue: The Documentary Center at GWU, School of Media and Public Affairs
Price: Early bird price $140 (Reg. $200) until February 17, 2014. Get a special discount of 20% all tickets with promo code: DCIDS at http://www.documentarysummit.com/dc-interactive-doc-summit/

#facetime #catcam #caturday #snapcat #TomTheCat

#facetime #catcam #caturday #snapcat #TomTheCat

I awoke this snowy morn, clicked on the TV to see Live! With Kelly and Michael, and was happily surprised to see Lupita who despite having not slept a wink after her Oscar win looking as radiant as a yellow sunrise! Good morning sunshine! Every moment is brighter with Lupita. #Mattel please make a #LupitaDoll so that every little girl around the world may adore, admire, and be inspired by her for generations to come. Let’s celebrate a new standard of beauty in the 21st Century!

I awoke this snowy morn, clicked on the TV to see Live! With Kelly and Michael, and was happily surprised to see Lupita who despite having not slept a wink after her Oscar win looking as radiant as a yellow sunrise! Good morning sunshine! Every moment is brighter with Lupita. #Mattel please make a #LupitaDoll so that every little girl around the world may adore, admire, and be inspired by her for generations to come. Let’s celebrate a new standard of beauty in the 21st Century!

👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

(Source: causeallkindsoftrouble, via ethiopienne)

Big shouts to @feliciapride on the official promotion of her first short film “The End Again”.  See details below by @openendedfilm and follow them for updates on screenings in your area! “Today’s a big day! We’re releasing our poster art for THE END AGAIN, a short film prequel to feature film, OPENENDED. The short is about a couple’s joys and falls as they end their five year relationship. It stars real life husband and wife, Columbus Short and Tanee McCall-Short #loveopenended” #blackfilmmakers #lovestory

Big shouts to @feliciapride on the official promotion of her first short film “The End Again”. See details below by @openendedfilm and follow them for updates on screenings in your area! “Today’s a big day! We’re releasing our poster art for THE END AGAIN, a short film prequel to feature film, OPENENDED. The short is about a couple’s joys and falls as they end their five year relationship. It stars real life husband and wife, Columbus Short and Tanee McCall-Short #loveopenended” #blackfilmmakers #lovestory

Zeega Loves Strangé - Grace Jones “Pull Up To My Bumper “

Last night I was bored, and spent the evening surfing the web looking for everything Grace Jones. Her bold in your face sexuality gave me inspiration while watching the snow cover the DC skyline. I hope everyone is enjoying their snow day. I got something to warm you up!

This is my Valentine’s gift to all my followers. With love and passion I give you Grace Jones, “Pull Up To My Bumper" Zeega style! 

Strangé!!!!

PS - Feel free to send this as a love gram to that special someone who maybe can’t take a hint. 

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