Virtual Reality – How it will change the world – Toastmasters speech by Geoff Peters

100 views. By in Ideas, Latest Videos, Marketing, Media, People, Public Speaking, Technology, Vancouver. August 25, 2015.

Geoff from geoffmobile.com gives a speech on Virtual Reality (VR) – How it will change the world.

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Recorded on August 24th 2015 in Vancouver BC Canada.
Thanks so much to Vancouver Toastmasters Club 59 tmclub59.com

For more information about Toastmasters please visit www.toastmasters.org

Speech notes: Geoff’s thoughts on Virtual reality

I got to try on the latest Virtual Reality Gear (Oculus Rift Developers Kit 2) a few weeks ago at a demonstration session at Emily Carr in Vancouver.

I wore the headset for 10 minutes and the biggest thing I learned is that I actually felt like I was somewhere else.

Wearing headphones and a virtual reality headset, I was transported into a dark Chinese night club with a DJ, dancers, and people sitting around. When I took the headset off, it was a sudden shock to now be back in a sunny room in Vancouver.

The technology has improved greatly since the first demos of the early 90’s. Next year, Oculus will be releasing this technology for consumers, and it will be affordable.

It is currently possible to use VR using your smart phone and a headset such as Google Cardboard or Oculus Gear VR.

The biggest thing I realized is that VR can transport you into another place. By tracking your head movements and changing the image as you move your head, it fools your brain into thinking you are in a virtual environment.

Filmmakers are now filming with 360 degree 3D cameras, such as TED speaker Chris Milk’s VR documentaries about refugee camps in Syria.

Instead of looking at our computer screens through the “window” of the monitor, VR will put us right inside the world of the computer game, filmmaker, or simulated environment.

One example where VR could be very useful is in education, for students and teachers. Imagine that you are preparing for a Toastmasters speech or a business presentation: you could wear a VR headset and get practice giving your speech in front of a virtual audience of 10 to 1000 people.

I think that when learning a new skill, a combination of virtual world practice and real world practice will be more effective than exclusively virtual or exclusively real world practice.

Like any technology, VR will come with problems of its own. There is a danger of getting lost in a virtual world and neglecting the real world, and causing people to become less mindful about their actual bodies and real world relationships. Also, corporations will continue collecting data about us as we use Virtual Reality headsets, and have the potential to use even more invasive strategies to market to us or control us.

A great science fiction book that I recently read that explores the topics of virtual reality and augmented reality is called “Rainbows End” by Vernor Vinge. It delves into the impact of virtual reality on our education system, daily life, and world conflicts / politics, and is a great read.

Virtual reality is definitely a technology to watch, and will have a huge impact on how we live our lives over the next 10 years. Exciting times ahead!

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My Thoughts on Virtual Reality – a Toastmasters speech by Geoff Peters

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Could You Bite The Hand / Human Nature / Autumn Leaves Geoff Peters vocal performance August 8 2015

168 views. By in Arts, Ideas, Latest Videos, Marketing, Media, Music, People, Singing, Vancouver. August 8, 2015.

Geoff from geoffmobile.com (a beginner singer) does a short set of cover songs on vocals and piano.

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Songs I performed:
1) Could You Bite The Hand (Yoko Kanno, Steve Conte cover, from Wolf’s Rain OST anime soundtrack)

2) Human Nature (Michael Jackson cover) – from the album “Thriller”

3) Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma / Jazz Standard cover)

*** For a free MP3 download of these tracks from my performance, please visit:

Thanks to
My family
Yoko Kanno
Steve Conte
Michael Jackson
Joseph Kosma

And to my biggest fans:
Ken H. and Joseph B.

And to my partner T. H. for your endless understanding, support and encouragement.

I have been singing for 2 years now, this is my progress as of August 2015. Looking forward to further developing my vocal instrument!

Special thanks to my voice teacher,
Mark Downey Vocal Studio

Recorded using 2x Zoom H1, Mixed in Sonar X1 LE, Mastered in Audacity, Video recorded using Sony Cybershot RX100 Mk2 and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 on a Windows 7 Dell PC (Intel i7 and USB 3.0 for a faster workflow).

Plugins used:
Cakewalk Studio Reverb
High pass filter from Melda Productions
SC4 compressor
W1 Limiter

See you next time!

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Roland Gaia SH-01 jam by Geoff Peters, August 6th 2015, inspired by Virtual Reality and Oculus Rift

159 views. By in Latest Videos, Marketing, Media, Music, Technology, Vancouver. August 8, 2015.

Geoff does a 30 minute original improvised jam on his Roland Gaia SH-01 synthesizer.

This jam was Inspired by Virtual Reality / Oculus Rift. It gets rather creepy near the end! Feel free to use the music (for free) for any projects involving virtual reality, please give credit to Geoff Peters and a link to geoffmobile.com (and let me know if you are using it, I’d be interested to see how you used it!)

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For more information about the Roland Gaia SH-01 synthesizer, check out my collection of tutorial videos here:

Recorded using:
Roland Gaia SH-01 synthesizer
Zoom H1 audio recorder
Sony Cybershot RX100 Mk2 camera
Processed in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5.
Audio volume increased using W1 Limiter.

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