GPU Tech Conference 2016 in Silicon Valley
I have to say, I am still recovering from GPU Tech Conference (GTC) last week from April 4 – 7 hosted by NVIDIA in San Jose.
The ‘recovering’ was not due to the jet lag, but due to all those really cool talks and exhibitions cramped into 4 days.
Well this was my first GTC in Silicon Valley and I have to say it blew my mind!
I expected gaming and VR, but there was so much more. This is partially a problem if you have so many interested like myself.
I just want to mention briefly the other things I saw at the conference.
- Autonomous Quadcopters with ZED 2K stereo camera and Jetson TX1, scanning the environment and displaying it as a colored 3D mesh
- Autonomous Self-Driving cars (not driving yet, but still cool)
- Deep learning
- Early Stage Challenge pitches of interesting VR Start-up showcases
- China in Focus
- OpenPOWER Summit 2016
- Talks and Hangouts about Vulkan Khronos Group, Jetson TX1
- CUDA and OpenACC
- Advanced Rendering with DirectX®
- And many cool science projects
So now that I got that out of my system, lets get started:
Early Stage Challenge VR Showcases first time this year
New to ECS in 2016 is our “VR Showcase” event. The showcase is an opportunity for 8 teams using Virtual Reality to present their innovative work for a chance to win a $15,000.00 grand prize. Each team will pitch their idea on stage for 8 minutes, 5 minutes of presentation and 3 minutes for questions.
The startups where grilled my Jeff Herbst (NVIDIA, Vice President of Business Development) and Mark Reid (Co-Founder at Epic, Unreal Engine).
At the end of the event a winner will be selected by the judging panel and will receive the $15,000.
Realities.io transports real places 1:1 into Virtual Reality by utilizing large scale photogrammetry and the power of modern GPUs – offering unrivalled visual fidelity and unmatched performance for interactive, photorealistic VR experiences. Our technology solves the fixed perspective problem that 360 video has in VR: You can freely explore our detailed VR spaces at your own pace – photo-realism without being on rails.
Make VR together with the Sixense Controller is fun and and promising, if you like to take MineCraft to the next (serious) level. And as a side product you can print out your designed model on a 3D printer too.
If you like Surgeon Simulator you should try OSSO VR as a possible career path in the future.
But seriously it is interesting where VR will take us in the future, not only for games.
More game relates was Make VR (with use of the STEM system by Sixense) and Realities.
Challenge, $100,000 grand prize
The “Early Stage Challenge” is the feature event of ECS. Twelve leading startups present their innovative work for a chance to win a $100,000 grand prize. A distinguished panel of judges challenges each presenter with questions and provides insightful feedback. After all the presentations are completed, the excitement continues as the audience votes to help the judges select one winning company!
- Light Field Display HMDs
- Autodesk VRED
- VRWorks, GameWorks
- and more