Mixed Reality Accelerator – VISR

Finally finished with first year, I should be receiving my results any day now. More importantly however, is the Accelerator program that I will be attending until mid August, ran by Hull based VR company VISR!

www.visr-vr.com/accelerator/ 

The program trains students in developing for the Hololens, providing real projects to work on, from real big-name companies. In the next few months, my fellow students and I will be producing real interactive spatial solutions to address industry needs.

Two weeks have already passed, but only now have we been assigned our work groups and partner companies. For these first two weeks we have had several workshops ranging from the use of singletons in C# to the creation of 3D assets, and have had two “GameJam’s”. Game Jams you ask? Yup. And I can think of no better method to get 24 individual students to: work together, learn new software and hardware, build teamwork, and gain experience.

Very excited, but I probably won’t be able to post much due to the NDA. Hopefully when the project is completed, I will be able to share. Until then, here is what microsoft have to say about it:

news.microsoft.com/en-gb/2018/06/20/university-of-hull-and-visr-launch-worlds-first-microsoft-hololens-summer-school/

 

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Another great “3 Thing Game”!

Earlier this year I posted that me and my team had won Hull Universitys 2017 Autumn Three Thing Game Jam

Well now I can happily report that we have also won the 2018 Spring Three Thing Game Jam! Well done to the team, and a massive well done and thankyou to the sound dev guys who put music to our madness!

Team “Parse(Nips);” came together again, though this time with an additional member, making it 3 first years and two second years. The three random words that we needed to incorporate into our game were “Angry”, “Rolling” and “Drake”. Whilst all three interpretations of “Drake” would have been entertaining (Singer, Duck, Dragon), we decided to use the duck.

Full video in my next post!

Semester Two, Strike, and Recruitment Fair

Just realised that I havent posted anything this month. I know myself well enough not to expect to update weekly, but I should at least make sure to update monthly!

We’re half way through semester two now, and I have been kept relatively busy with coursework, especially the “Fault-tree analysis” project, and to a lesser extent the “Algorithm Performance Analysis” report.

The strikes have caused students quite a bit of disturbance. Hearing the complaints of third year students in the Student-Staff Forum and Course-Rep meetings make me glad that this happened in my first year, and in no way affects my final grade.

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I also attended a very interesting (if small) recruitment fair organised by the university, and talked with representatives from companies like “Stellar Entertainment”, “VISR”, and “Wren Kitchens”.

Now “Wren Kitchens” might look out of place among game and VR development companies, but after visiting their headquarters along with a few other students who were invited, I was amazed. It was very interesting to see a real life implementation of Agile methodologies, and talk with lead developers regarding their online CAD software and the new VR showroom set-up.

“3 Thing Game” Game Jam Winners!

A bit late, but now that I’m blogging, three months ago me and my team won Hull Universitys Autumn 24h Three Thing Game Jam!

I teamed up with two fellow first years, and a second year, forming the 4 person team “ParseNips”.

The three words that we needed to incorporate into our game were “Hull”, “Culture” and “Change”, in accordance with Hull being the City of Culture that year. We decided to create a game that encompassed several minigames and took the player on a journey from a humble whaling village to modern day Hull. It was very interesting working as a team to create our vision in such a short amount of time.

Starting this blog

This will be the first post of my blog, and probably the best place to explain who I am, and why I have created it in the first place. I may talk more about my background in future posts, but for now I will keep the introduction relatively brief and career oriented.

I am currently 25 years old, my background includes IT, graphic design and 3D/VFX, and I am currently working weekends as a “Technical Support Advisor” whilst studying Computer Science for Games Development at the University of Hull.

I am extremely interested in 3D graphics, Visual Effects, Virtual Reality, and Deep Learning.

Whilst reviewing my grades for the first semester of the first year, one of my lecturers suggested I start a blog to document my progress, and to act as a portfolio for my personal and university projects.

Well here it is!

Before I start uploading new content,  I will be uploading a backlog of projects and items from previous websites and portfolios. I hope you enjoy my sporadic updates, and maybe my information can actually be of help to someone one day.