Attracting about 400 participants from more than 20 countries, the 17th International Conference on New Actuator Systems and Applications is the most important market place to meet leading international specialists, to share their expertise and to start business cooperations in the field of new actuator technologies. ACTUATOR has been the key forum for actuators based on smart materials and microtechnologies as well as their applications in all areas of engineering for thirty years now. Over the years a huge variety of excellent ideas and results has been reported. A lot of them have been raised from vision to mass product. Among the success stories, you will find quite a number of established applications of new actuators, in particular, their well-known use in fuel injection, adaptive shock absorbers, nanopositioning, precision engineerings like camera lenses and other applications of miniaturized drives. In this way, ACTUATOR has launched the realization of new product generations with outstanding compactness and high performance properties which so far have not been achieved in conventional technologies. A small wonder that based on this ignition, resulting in gaining access to new markets.
The EuroVR member HAPTION is looking for a Control software engineer to insert in its teams.
The company designs force-feedback devices for applications of Virtual Reality and robotics. Our products are used in industry for interacting with CAD models (assembly validation, maintenance planning) or for training manual skills in a virtual scene. They are also connected to robots in order to control them remotely while perceiving the interaction forces with the environment.
You will be in charge of the development and maintenance of the control software, used to connect HAPTION products to the industrial robots of our partners. The software implements control algorithms (regulation, filtering), robotics (geometric model, Jacobian matrix, transformations in Cartesian space), communications (data transfer between the force-feedback device and the industrial robot) through direct connections or Internet.
You will develop new functionalities and new software modules, and you will contribute to R&D projects, both internal and collaborative.
Direct contact with national and international customers, you will provide technical support for the software on several platforms.
The workplace is situated in the vicinity of Laval, the French capital of Virtual Reality with its annual exhibition Laval Virtual (www.laval-virtual.org).
You have a dynamic character and like to work independently. You want to invest your energy into a high-tech industrial project, as part of a small team with strong expertise and motivation. You have an engineering degree, master or equivalent, and solid experience of C/C++ programming.
Some knowledge of control theory and robotics is mandatory, as well as a strong background in mathematics and spatial geometry. Previous experience in robotics is needed.
Knowledge of the LINUX environment would be useful, although not mandatory.
You will need reasonably good writing skills for the production of the software documentation, as a good level in English (written and oral) for the interaction with our international customers and partners.
The French language is not mandatory, although useful for everyday life in Laval.
HAPTION will review qualified CVs and contact the selected candidates. The applications will be validated after taking a programming test in C/C++.
Company: HAPTION (www.haption.com)
Number of employees: 14
Address: Atelier Relais Route de Laval Soulge-sur-Ouette, France
Workplace: Atelier Relais Route de Laval Soulge-sur-Ouette, France
Salary: Depending on experience and skills.
Type of contract: Permanent
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Join the next International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network on June 21–25, 2020, San Luis Obispo, California, USA. For the 6th edition, it will be technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Education Society, with proceedings to be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore®
Swing:It is an Italian SME, quickly growing during the last and the next years.
We are providers of Innovative Solutions for Industry and Research Organisation and leader
on the provisioning of VR/AR/XR software. We provide Innovation in Space/Satellites, Earth
Observation, Life Science, Cultural Heritage/Virtual Museums, Transports, e-Health projects.
The job offer
In the aim of several Research and Development projects/activities, we have several available
permanent positions for junior/senior Computer Scientists or Software Engineers/Architects.
The field of application will be at least one of the following:
– Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality and/or 3D Modeling
– Internet of Things
– Big Data, Deep Learning, Machine Learning
– Visualization solutions
Candidates must have the following skills
– knowledge of at least one programming language among C++, Java, C# (preferred).
– good knowledge of English language, both written and spoken
– strong interest in at least one of the field listed above (expertise would be preferable,
especially in the development of VR/AR apps)
Also, availability to a) occasionally travel in Europe and b) relocate in Italy (HQ in Catania, Sicily)
will be evaluated. Salaries to be determined on a personal basis.
Starting date of first profiles: Jan 2020.
VR is regarded as the ‘native land’ of dreams and experiments that require both up-to-date solutions and investments. Once a freshly developed platform or game is discovered, it starts chasing one of the standout apps.
However, not so many people are fully aware of VR`s current prospects and how its future may unfold. And the bitter truth is the majority of development companies are not headed at creating a low-cost content for the average consumer.
In these circumstances, location-based entertainment appears to be a perfect match for anyone who ever wanted to start their business and direct it to VR. With some VR center being kept humming or the content appealing, you`ve got all chances to make your way in this sphere.
Let us give you a few examples. Wanting to launch new virtual reality centers in Tokyo, New York, and other cities, Sandbox VR, famous for its ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘Deadwood Mansion’, has raised a $68 million of funding from Andreesen Horowitz, Triplepoint Capital, Floodgate Ventures and elsewhere. The Void (‘Wreck-It Ralph’, ‘Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire’, ‘Ghostbusters: Dimensions’), another LB VR provider, has also benefited from Ruper Murdoch`s investments totaling to $20 million.
The number of squad-based content, as well as LBE itself, is growing day by day. Those experiences are spread globally: Sandbox VR – 4 countries with 6 locations, The Void – 4 countries and 16 locations, Zero Latency – 20 countries and 36 locations, Avatarico games – 28 countries with more than 100 locations, Holgate – 25 countries and 256 locations.
It seems like location-based VR is simply one more temporary substitute, something that comes and goes pulling down companies` ventures. True, some of them, unfortunately, are to face it (as IMAX, for instance), but others move forward.
There is no mystery why, just a clear business idea forecasting future expenses, current possibilities, and trustworthy partnerships, choosing the right place and content for your target audience.
We`ll note that location-based VR is rather brand-new, and there is a bunch of business models to investigate to appeal to users.
Who can be considered as your contemporary potential location based VR partner?
In the abstracts below, we`ve tried to get together the most renowned LBE companies for you not to spend hours collecting necessary data.
The company offers patrons unprecedented immersive gaming experience being completely untethered. To achieve that scale, Zero Latency`s equipment doesn’t come cheap.
A few years ago the company was considered to be a pioneer of free-roam virtual reality. Zero Latency has been listed among the top of the fastest-growing developers, therefore, it is being nearly impossible to trace. Say, for example, about its partnership with Vodafone or the latest free-roam experience ‘Sol Raiders’ bringing a competitive edge to e-sports.
Among the company`s basic lack one may track the specifics of its shooters and video games as not all users crave for weapon-based combats. Another deals with space-efficiency: 8 players require 2000 sq ft.
So, if you are about to open a VR center, it is far crucial to make calculations connected to the revenue per square feet beforehand. From the look of things, in case you`d like to attract your audience with shooters via opening a huge theme park with various free-roam experiences, these guys are your total hit.
Here we`ve got another big-name LB VR developer. Hologate`s significant part of the install base sets out in theme parks and centers, movie-theatres, mini-golf courses, casinos.
Concentrating on coherent top-end turnkey solutions, the company provides additional income when other agencies are enabling them.
More than that, though, Hologate has reached more than 2 million plays and the average ROI in the short span of the 8 months so far. It`s no wonder why it bears the name of the most flourishing global-scale VR multiplayer.
As a deal-breaker, again mind the content and product you are embarking on. Here space efficiency is a bit better but, still, there`s a chance for 4 users to participate at once. After all, you`d better come with the idea of big malls and a bunch of footprints.
The Void seems to go high since it became a part of Disney Accelerator. With big franchises like ‘Star Wars and Ralph’ and Disney park locations being opened, still, there is no word on franchises for entrepreneurs.
The latter may be regarded as a big loss, for sure. Its concept presupposes the use of hyper-reality also engaging a lot of building on site. Leveraging various headsets combination and suggesting motion tracking, haptics, and other built-in effects, the virtual reality experiences enable users to interact within a virtual environment and discover sets of settings.
Otherwise, if The Void decided to open a franchise opening the mutual venture would cost a fortune whereas a venture investor may benefit from such a partnership. That brings us back to the idea Disney hits the spot while it`s directed to big business.
Having experienced a so-called ‘nuclear winter’ and a period with no investments, Sandbox VR has risen to attract funds.
Involving hyper-reality being less operose that that of The Void, its business concept is thought to be clean cut. Such minor details as a real table to hide or a torch to grab and many other sophisticated features turn VR into an advanced space-efficient experience.
Nowadays, Sandbox VR`s treasure box comprises mostly shooters, but the good news is that they also in the search for family-oriented game solutions.
In reality, unfortunately, Sandbox VR doesn’t allow for a straightforward franchise. The developer seems to do everything by themselves since Andreessen Horowitz provided the investment.
Dwelling on out-of-doors VR experiences, one can`t but mention an escape game niche. Its business model demands grow stronger each year.
The most glaring difference is that their products are aimed at mass audiences. That list is made up of family-friendly content and the one suitable for corporate meetings.
While measuring the loyalty existing between a client and a provider, the developer has received a 50% Net Promoter Score comparable only to Netflix. Experiencing approximately 5 years of VR pioneering and 5 games being launched, any of Avatarico`s games require just 270 sq ft for 6 players.
When it comes to further prospects, the company has entered the USA, Canadian, Mexican, and Australian markets with Entermission being the distributor.
Gaining unique expertise in operational business and technology utilized, both Entermission and Avatarico look far ahead. For instance, Cosmos arms players with hand tracking system whereas one is sitting in a chair with hands bare and just some headsets being on. So, be ready that your hands are going to be the accurate functional copy to VR ones.
Such VR experience provides players with the feeling of floating in zero gravity, shooting fireballs, using telekinesis, and even hi-fiving your mates. And Entermission works on its empowering: at TransWorld’s Room Escape Show & Conference in Texas the company has unveiled the turnkey haptic solution also stimulation users with the wind, temperature, and scents
Tricks and tips to decide on the perfect business model
If you are inspired enough to bring up your location-based entertainment, you are to get the expertise in the following:
- VR content development,
- Ways out to appeal mass audience,
- Strategic thinking and marketing,
- Setting a scalable system blossoming together with your business and generating top-notch practices.
Minding the information presented, you`ll stay updated with the current market demands and ready to start your business or collaborate with a trustworthy technological LB VR partner. Opening a VR franchise or chain seems to be the next natural step.
However, there are other features that you shouldn`t overlook. LB VR gets the privilege of the high-end equipment usually presupposing VR headsets, backpacks, and a place for users` free VR locomotion.
The article we referred to the most promising LB VR companies to date. The ones that come up with off-the-shelf franchises and solutions. The huge part of the above-mentioned developers` success based on the thoughtful partnership.
Taking in both ups and downs, LBE continues on its path. To minimize loses you may freely rely on our tips and cautiously think on benefits and drawbacks before acting.
Anton Zaitsev, Avatarico CEO, AR / VR developer. His company was the first to develop a VR escape game for location-based entertainment. He has been dealing with VR technology for more than 6 years. He likes to share his experience in that sphere providing some useful tips for VR business success. He is always ready to help with any questions related to VR technology. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a few weeks, we will be in Tallinn, for the annual EuroVR event. The XR conference is organized by the EuroVR members, namely MEKTORY and TalTech University, and it is focussed on virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. Three days (23-25 October 2019) during which we will delve into the different applications of these technologies, from industry to user studies evaluations.
The program of the conference: focus on XR technologies
XR will be at the center of the conference: virtual, augmented and mixed reality will be analyzed by different perspectives, thanks to the talks and discussions which will take place during the conference.
Reading the program on the official website of the event, we can see the various works which will be introduced at EuroVR Conference within scientific and application sessions.
Moreover, additional events will enrich the conference program:
- Are you a EuroVR member? Don’t miss the general assembly, one of the main meetings for an association, which will take place on October 24th at 5:45 PM.
- Are you looking for an informal event, good for networking? The Gala Dinner in Tallinn is the perfect place to create new connections, and exchange opinions with the participants.
- Would you like to know more about the Estonian industry and the innovative application of technology in this country? On the last day, EuroVR brings you to visit some local industries, like Ericsson, Magnetic MRO, e-Estonia Briefing Centre, and ABB.
Two Keynotes speakers will inspire the participants during the conference before the daily scientific and application sessions.
On October 24th, Dr. Aleksei Tepljakov will open the day with the talk Towards Intelligent Immersive Virtual Environments. Research Scientist at TalTech, Dr. Tepljakov’s research is focussed on fractional-order modeling and control of complex systems and developing efficient mathematical and 3D modeling methods for virtual and augmented reality for educational and industrial applications.
On the same day, Pr. Mariano Alcañiz Raya, Professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and Director of the Laboratory of Immersive Neurotechnologies (LabLENI), will give the talk In Search of Behavioral Biomarkers for Mental Disorders Using VR.
New Keynotes speakers will be announced in the next days. Stay tuned!
Additional information about EuroVR conference
Are you planning your trip to Tallinn, but you need more information?
On the official website of the conference, you can find further details about the event, the venue, and the program.
If you need some help, please contact the conference organizers: email@example.com
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