The computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH is one of the biggest events of the year for the reveal of new research and technologies that could change how we see the world in the future. This year Disney, Niantic and StarVR are all planning big reveals in connection with the event.

We’ve found some very interesting projects at SIGGRAPH in the past ranging from Google’s face replacement technology to an environmental system producing wind, chill and heat effects during a walk-around VR experience. We’ve also enjoyed the VR Theater, which is making a return this year as a showcase for narrative VR projects.

The 2018 conference in Vancouver takes place August 12-16 and we’ve already heard about some of the projects that will be debuting there. There are likely still big reveals yet to come from researchers who will be presenting at the conference, but here’s what we know about three different VR projects that will be announced or shown for the first time at SIGGRAPH.

Disney Animation Studios is showing “Cycles”, its first VR short. The project explores ”the true meaning of creating a home and the life it holds inside its walls.” We’ll be curious to see how the project compares to something like the tear-jerking Pearl from Google or the many works we’ve seen from startups like Baobab and Penrose.

Pokemon Go creator Niantic, Inc. is planning to show multiplayer augmented reality at SIGGRAPH. We recently got a look at some of Niantic’s multiplayer AR efforts, but at SIGGRAPH the demonstration is described as people playing pong against each other “where the ball and paddles exist in AR for all users.” Major technology companies like Google and Apple are racing to enable this type of multiplayer functionality on millions of devices, and Niantic could lead the way by making software introducing shared AR experiences to people through popular universes like J.K. Read more from…

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