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Render the Metaverse May Winners
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June 5, 2015
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Render the Metaverse May Winners

In April, we announced a three-month long 360º stereo-panoramic contest, Render the Metaverse, in conjunction with OTOY utilizing OctaneVR. The submissions have been stunning, and we’re pleased to share the winners for the month of May:

Deck 75 by Christian Wirdemann
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John Carmack: “The bridge between the real and the fantastic speaks directly to what we are doing with VR, the cubic transition is interesting to look at, and the sense of a mysterious world of secrets is strong. I do note that the stereo makes the forward console a little uncomfortable to look at – backing the camera up a little bit might help.”

Alex Ross: “This is a perfect way of showing all of the possibilities that VR can bring to life. Unnervingly real and surreal in equal measure, the graphic pixel effects hint at a holodeck future that the Oculus is the first step toward. Looking up will give you a jolt.”

Jules Urbach: “I was won over on both subjective and objective levels. Creatively, this blends the real and surreal in just the right way to give a sense of presence in the scene, making the impossible things we are seeing feel that much more impactful.”

Exploring the Metaverse by Benoit Vincent
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John Carmack: “I like the feel of going about the business of exploring strange new lands. Bodies are problematic in VR, and a rare choice for a still image, but the empty space suit felt novel.”

Alex Ross: “This has a beautiful alien design landscape with an adventurous storytelling quality. As you look around yourself and down, you discover more and more. Very engaging.”

Jules Urbach: “I liked how this embraced the theme of a moon landing type expedition into the Metaverse. It touches on how we are truly in the nascent stages of exploring this new medium and collectively learning from it.”

Mashup Between the Clouds by Moritz Reichartz
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John Carmack: “The clean, surreal rendering appealed to me. Experimenting with a sense of presence in impossible situations is one if the unique capabilities we have now.”

Alex Ross: “This is a striking design in how it assembles various pieces in a trippy, mind-bending way. Here the construction of elements must have been relatively simple, but it’s all a skillful use of the VR technology.”

Jules Urbach: “I loved this scene. It vividly and elegantly makes use of the space around the viewer. It reminded me of the moment in Inception where Paris is being turned over on itself like a sheet of paper. Seeing this effect presented as it was here in VR was compelling.”

You can view each winning submission using your Gear VR by launching Oculus 360 Photos. Make sure to check out new entries in the gallery as the contest continues through July. Along with the Render the Metaverse entries, we’re adding new 360 panoramic images every week, so check back often for new content!

Congratulations to all the May winners!

— The Oculus team