Today’s Immersive VR Buzz: Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell is leaving the company after seven years

This was a very interesting BUZZ that I found today and wanted to share with you.

Originally posted on: www.theverge.com

Nate Mitchell, one of the co-founders of Oculus VR and one of the last few remaining public faces of the company, is leaving after seven years of helping to build the virtual reality company. Mitchell made the announcement this morning on the Oculus subreddit, writing that he’s “taking time to travel, be with family, and recharge.”

Mitchell’s last title at the company as head of VR product at Facebook, a change made in November of last year that was just the latest sign that Oculus was slowly but surely being more formally absorbed into its parent company.

Prior to that, Mitchell was the head of Rift at Oculus, while other parts of the company focused on lower-end VR options like the standalone Go headset and the newly released Quest.

His longest job at Oculus, however, was head of product, and Mitchell was instrumental in shaping the early years of the company’s road map toward the commercial launch of the first Rift headset in 2016.

Beyond his job as a product visionary, Mitchell has very much been a public face of Oculus since its founding. Alongside Palmer Luckey and former CEO Brendan Iribe, Mitchell was often one of the only other members of Oculus to grace press presentations, behind-closed-doors demos, and other public-facing events and announcements. He became an animated spokesperson both for Oculus as a company and VR as a technology and a community.

Although Mitchell was not involved in the earliest conceptions of what would become the first Rift prototype — that was mostly Luckey and (later on) current Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack — Mitchell did join very early on as part of the founding team alongside Iribe and other members of Scaleform, a gaming software company the duo founded with fellow Oculus co-founder Michael Antonov and sold to Autodesk in 2011. Mitchell was instrumental in helping Oculus move from Luckey’s bedroom prototypes to what would become one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in history, and then onward to a commercial product with the help of former chief engineer and fellow co-founder Jack McCauley, who left in 2015.

Yet it’s clear that following Facebook’s acquisition of the company in 2014 and the somewhat tepid consumer reception to VR’s comeback following the Rift launch in 2016, Mitchell and the other founders struggled to help the technology live up to the hype Oculus had built in its earlier years.

While the hardware was impressive, the Rift platform was and still is somewhat prohibitively expensive and caters mostly to PC gamers, while the software library has taken years (and mountains of Facebook cash) to build out to where it is now.

Luckey left Facebook in 2017 after high-profile controversies related to his support of right-wing political campaigns and movements. Iribe, who had stepped down as CEO in 2016 to focus more on the Rift division of Oculus, left in October of last year, having handed his leadership roles over to Facebook executive Hugo Barra, who eventually also left Oculus to lead a broader VR and augmented reality initiative at Facebook earlier this year.

Up until today, Mitchell was one of only two founding members of Oculus remaining alongside Antonov, who seems to work more for Facebook than Oculus these days. (Sadly, another co-founder, Andrew Reisse, died in a traffic accident in 2013.)

Order the Insta360 One X here and get a FREE Selfie Stick!
Order the Insta360 One X here and get a FREE Selfie Stick!

What is 360 VR Video?

360 video is a video that is recorded in all directions at the same time with multiple cameras. The videos are stitched together either internally in the camera or externally using special software.

It then forms one spherical video that is controlled by the viewer, enabling them to look up, down, right or left at their discretion.

Is 360 Video Virtual Reality?

I want you to be the judge.

Recommended MicroSD Card for use with the Fusion 360 camera

Recommended MicroSD Card for use with the Fusion 360 camera 

How are you watching your 360 VR Video?

Are you watching on your PC?

Is it Facebook? YouTube? Veer.TV ?

Or better still, are you using your Samsung Galaxy Smartphone with your Samsung Gear VR Headset?

GoPro-Fusion-Tripod-Mount-1_4-20-screw-thread for GoPro Fusion

Or are you using another smartphone with a Google Cardboard? Google Daydream?

Leave a comment below. Let us know what you like or don’t like. If you have seen a 360 VR video that you think is awesome, tell us, and we will feature it.

What type of VR Headset do you own? Or do you watch with your computer? Smartphone?

Do you have a VR camera? Ricoh Theta S? Ion360?  Samsung 360 gear? Insta360?

And if you are looking for 360 Video Production Services, contact Al Caudullo exploretv@gmail.com

With 37 years of Media experience, we can Deliver More for You in 360 Video. Click here to see what our customers say about our work

Utilizing state of the art technology, Al Caudullo, and his team has been delivering award-winning compelling productions spanning the globe. Exotic destinations blended with unique cultural experiences give viewers an experience like no other.

From vibrant American cities like San Francisco and Las Vegas to the isolated mountains of Mongolia. From ancient civilizations of Cambodia and Myanmar to the lush resorts of Southeast Asia and beyond. All from the comfort of your living room.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.