Hi Mike, my name is Luca Bruera and I'm currently leading the VR/MR team in a research lab for TIM, the main telco operator in Italy.
We are building several "proof of concept" applications using VR and the Oculus Platform as a great new communication medium that could enable a variety of new use cases.
These applications are not yet commercial, but we have used them in several showcases for the introduction of the 5G network in Italy. You can check out a video describing one of those applications where this concept has been applied to a VR tourism application (we have a real human guide taking a group of people around museums in VR):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar2XwVX9F64
In this video we were still using the old avatars, but we have upgraded to the new ones in the meantime. Of course, we would love to test the new expressive avatars!
We work in Unreal Engine, our target platforms at the moment are mostly the Rift and the GO, but we are interested also in using Quest. The forum username we'd like to grant access are xN31 and ginopeloso at the moment.
More broadly, it would be great for me if we could have a quick call to discuss further possible collaborations: I'm really looking into photorealistic digital humans and real-time mocap tools in order bring even more aspects of ourselves in the VR experience, like facial expressions. Please let me know your thoughts about it!
Thanks in advance,
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