Posts Tagged ‘SoCal VR’

Technology has truly come a long way in short time. In the 1990’s, many people did not know of the internet, and those that did had to deal with the frustration of dial-up. Just a decade ago, smartphones had just made its introduction to the world, revolutionizing information technology by placing the world in your hands. Many other gadgets have surfaced since the smartphone, including many wearables and other useful tools. The way we view electronics has changed greatly over time too. Touch screens started off as resistive, meaning it relied on physical pressure to measure taps and touches. Touch screens later evolved into capacitive, which senses the conductive capacity of an object that touches the screen, such as human skin. In addition to touch screens, 3D and virtual reality has existed for a long time too, but had not made it into the mainstream as much. Times have changed, and you can now possess virtual reality in your hands, which the VRLA Expo 2017 showcased many forms of VR.

The general public used to think of virtual reality as a luxury item, but in today’s economy, anyone can experience VR, and the VRLA Expo 2017 exhibited the many ways that one can experience VR. This all-ages electronics expo took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s west hall this past weekend, and contained dozens of vendors all showcasing their entry into the VR market. Within the expo hall, the convention center staff had the lights dimmed the entire time so that attendees can better witness the spectacle of virtual reality. Most of the demos involved a VR headset that you either hold up to your eyes or have them strapped around your eyes so that you get the full immersion of the video clip or game. Most commonly, attendees got to use the HTC Vive (a complete virtual reality headset that includes a viewer and controllers, but no headphones) or other similar VR headset such as the Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift. Other VR demos at this expo included mixed reality (MR), full body motion capture, physical/cardio machines (bikes, elliptical, etc), and a 360 dome that simulated perspective distortion, where you lie still in a room surrounded by a round screen, and that screen displayed a video that made you feel like you moved with the video.

The future has arrived, and the future includes virtual reality. We live in a future where we put clocks in our smartphones so that we do not need to wear a watch, yet we now have smartwatches so that we do not have to pull our phones out of our pockets. In this future, we now use a USB cord to charge books and cigarettes. Virtual reality does not have to cost you much – if you have a smartphone (I recommend at least a five inch screen), you can use a Google Cardboard with it, which should only cost a few dollars on third-party sites. If you missed out on the VRLA Expo 2017, fret not, as they normally run their expo twice a year. In the meantime, check out the VRLA Expo on Facebook and Twitter for more info about future expos and all the vendors that participated in this past weekend’s expo.

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Technology has truly come a long way in short time. In the 1990’s, many people did not know of the internet, and those that did had to deal with the frustration of dial-up. Just a decade ago, smartphones had just made its introduction to the world, revolutionizing information technology by placing the world in your hands. Many other gadgets have surfaced since the smartphone, including many wearables and other useful tools. The way we view electronics has changed greatly over time too. Touch screens started off as resistive, meaning it relied on physical pressure to measure taps and touches. Touch screens later evolved into capacitive, which senses the conductive capacity of an object that touches the screen, such as human skin. In addition to touch screens, 3D and virtual reality has existed for a long time too, but had not made it into the mainstream as much. Times have changed, and you can now possess virtual reality in your hands, which the VRLA Summer Expo 2016 showcased many forms of VR.

The general public used to think of virtual reality as a luxury item, but in today’s economy, anyone can experience VR, and the VRLA Summer Expo 2016 exhibited the many ways that one can experience VR. This all-ages electronics expo took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s west hall this past weekend, and contained dozens of vendors all showcasing their entry into the VR market. Within the expo hall, the convention center staff had the lights dimmed the entire time so that attendees can better witness the spectacle of virtual reality. Most of the demos involved a VR headset that you either hold up to your eyes or have them strapped around your eyes so that you get the full immersion of the video clip or game. Most commonly, attendees got to use the HTC Vive (a complete virtual reality headset that includes a viewer and controllers, but no headphones) or other similar VR headset. Other VR demos at this expo included a silent 3D rave, full body motion capture, physical/cardio machines (bikes, elliptical, etc), and a 360 dome that simulated perspective distortion, where you lie still in a room surrounded by a round screen, and that screen displayed a video that made you feel like you moved with the video.

The future has arrived, and the future includes virtual reality. We live in a future where we put clocks in our smartphones so that we do not need to wear a watch, yet we now have smartwatches so that we do not have to pull our phones out of our pockets. In this future, we now use a USB cord to charge books and cigarettes. Virtual reality does not have to cost you much – if you have a smartphone (I recommend at least a five inch screen), you can use a Google Cardboard with it, which should only cost a few dollars on third-party sites. If you missed out on the VRLA Summer Expo 2016, fret not, as they normally also run a winter expo sometime around late January. In the meantime, check out the VRLA Expo on Facebook and Twitter for more info about future expos and all the vendors that participated in this past weekend’s expo.

LA Restaurant Week
July 18-31
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 14-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

US Open of Surfing
July 23-31
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Red Table’s 5th Birthday Party
11:30 am – 9:00 pm, July 25
Red Table Restaurant, Huntington Beach
http://www.redtablerestaurants.com/

Huntington Beach’s Red Table Restaurant turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have $5 happy hour available all day.

Monster Mixer #8: Pop-Up Virtual Reality Arcade
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 25
The Copper Door, Santa Ana
http://www.socalvr.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/154489591637965/

Experience the new generation of virtual reality for free tonight in Downtown Santa Ana. No one under 18 may attend.

Terror: The Life & Death Tour 2016
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 27, The Industry, Chula Vista http://dosd.com/events/2016/7/27/the-life-death-tour-2016-terror-power-trip-harms-way-angel-dust-fury-red-death
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 28, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles http://www.unionclubla.com/event/1170687-life-death-tour-2016-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 30, Chain Reaction, Anaheim http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1172803
http://www.terrorlahc.com/

Hardcore band Terror currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so click on a show’s link for information.

2016 International Food Blogger Conference
July 28-31
Hyatt Regency, Sacramento
http://www.foodista.com/ifbc

The world’s top conference for food bloggers moves to Sacramento this year! This conference covers a broad diversity of topics, and each attendee may choose their own program of sessions to attend. Registration costs $195 for food bloggers or $495 for non-bloggers.

Pizza Port Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/608464322653839/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

14th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 28
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Nagoya Fair
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 29-31
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/nagoya-fair/

Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance will have a free and all-ages event all this weekend. Visitors will get to experience a taste of Nagoya culture with unique food and entertainment.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 29-31
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/sidewalk-sale/

Various shops in Belmont Shore will offer sales on their items. Many shops will also place their items out on the sidewalk for people to browse as they walk by.

Urge Gastropub’s 6th Anniversary
11:30 am – 11:30 pm, July 29-30
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Juily 31
Urge Gastropub, Rancho Bernardo
http://rb.urgegastropub.com/events/2016/7/29/urge-gastropub-rancho-bernardos-6th-anniversary

San Diego’s Urge Gastropub turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a weekend full of beer, music, food, and more. Expect local bands, food specials, and unique anniversary beers all weekend. Although this costs nothing to attend, Urge will offer a VIP package that includes many items – check the website to see what the VIP package gets you.

KCON Food Street Night Market
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29-30
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 31
LA Live, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Experience Korean nightlife this weekend at the annual Koreatown Night Market for FREE! This event celebrates Korean culture by immersing visitors into the night market experience similar to that of South Korea. Over 40 food vendors and 11 food trucks will serve up delicious Korean delectable eats, while visitors can check out the live entertainment, art exhibits, and vendor village in this outdoor market.

Pinup Prom 2016
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
Pinup Girl Boutique, Burbank
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1629394724017215/

Free to attend for all ages, a pinup-themed prom event will take place in Burbank this Friday night.

26th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 29
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yorbalindachamber.org/

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $55 presale or $65 at the door, guests get treated to a night of unlimited food tastings plus two drink tickets good for beer or wine. Guests may reserve a table for ten for $100.

5th Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
Vibiana, Los Angeles
http://luckyrice.com/event/los-angeles-feast-2/

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Friday night in Downtown LA. General admission costs $88 and starts at 8pm, while early admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and cocktail tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Delicious Little Tokyo
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 30
10:30 am – 9:00 pm, July 31
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.golittletokyo.com/delicious/

A handful of food & beverage events will take place around Little Tokyo this weekend. Some of these events have an admission fee, while some do not, so check the website for the full list of events.

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 29, Underground DTSA, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/887368128076394/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, Bar 1650, Corona http://www.facebook.com/events/581747161992993/
http://voodooglowskulls.com/

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline two shows this week in Southern California. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so click on a show’s link for details.

11th Annual Unleashed by Petco Imperial Beach Surf Dog
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 30
Imperial Beach Pier, Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://surfcitysurfdog.com/

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Imperial Beach. Various events will take place throughout the day, with a few taking place on Sunday as well. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 30-31
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.lbdragonboat.com/

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium, with the finals on Sunday. Expect to see Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Spectators may attend and watch for free.

Run/Yoga Challenge Brouwerij West
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, July 30
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
http://www.brew-yoga.com/

Participate in some running and yoga this Saturday morning, then follow it up with beer at Brouwerij West in San Pedro. Participation costs $25 and includes the physical activities, vegan brunch, and beer samples. Participants under 21 may not have any beer though.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 30
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the last Saturdays of each month in Yorba Linda. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

Midsummer Scream
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 30
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 31
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://midsummerscream.org/

A horror and Halloween expo comes to Long Beach this weekend, filled with vendors, entertainment, activities, and more. Tickets range from $25 to $75.

Cook’s Corner 2nd Annual Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm, July 30
Cook’s Corner, Trabuco Canyon
http://cookscorners.com/

Check out lots of motorcycles and sip on craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Trabuco Canyon. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and provides unlimited beer samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Cook’s Corner serves food at cost, so bring extra cash for that. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Venice Bar B Que
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 30
Oakwood Recreation Center, Venice
http://www.venicenc.org/

A free and all-ages community potluck will take place in Venice this Saturday afternoon in Venice.

3rd Annual NOS Brew Fest & Home Brew Competition
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 30
NOS Event Center, San Bernardino
http://www.nosevents.com/upcoming-events/brew-fest/

A craft beer and homebrewing festival comes to San Bernardino this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $25 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $40, starts at 12pm, and also includes a t-shirt, key chain, and VIP parking. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Gourmetzia 2016
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 30-31
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.gourmetzia.com/

Described as “the international food lovers ultimate sampling event,” this two-day expo at The Reef showcases the finest in trending foods, gourmet, and artisan delicacies. Between all of the food sampling and browsing, check out all the culinary demos, performances, and high-energy activities. General admission costs $30 and grants full access to all the vendors and their samples.

Fiesta Pilsner Release
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Telegraph Brewing Company, Santa Barbara
http://www.telegraphbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/173048696444803/

Santa Barbara’s Telegraph Brewing will release a special pilsner this Saturday, and you can check it out at their tasting room all day. Telegraph will also have a Mexican mobile food vendor on site, plus appropriate music. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 30-31
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Tickets start at $109. No one under 18 may attend.

HessFest 2016
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, July 30
Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, San Diego
http://www.mikehessbrewing.com/

Hess Brewing will celebrate their sixth anniversary with an afternoon beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room in North Park, San Diego. Hess Brewing will pour many of their beers plus some rare and exclusive beers just for this event, and other local breweries will make an appearance to serve their refreshing brews as well. General admission costs $50, starts at 1:00, and includes unlimited beer tasters and food samples. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 12:30pm, and provides access to VIP-only beers. All attendees receive a souvenir glass that they may bring back to the Hess tasting room for $4 refills for the rest of the year.

Punk Rock Fundraiser Show
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/979376092177977/

Enjoy a hard punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beer
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 30
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena, Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/burgersandbeer/

Hang with hipsters at this gourmet foodie and craft beer event in Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Find burgers from dozens of Los Angeles County’s hottest burger joints, and enjoy beer samples from dozens of Southern Californian microbreweries. General admission starts at 3pm and costs $75 with beer or $55 without beer. VIP admission costs $90 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples until it runs out. No one under 21 may attend.

Twilight Chow Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Martin Auto Service, Riverside
http://lunarfestriverside.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1551579355148028/

The Inland Empire gets their very first night market this Saturday, following on the heels of the very successful night markets of Arcadia, Koreatown, Costa Mesa, and recently Long Beach. Admission costs only $3 per person or $5 for two.

5th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank
http://downtownburbankcarclassic.com/

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

3rd Annual Vegan Faire
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Healthy Junk, Anaheim
http://www.thehealthyjunk.com/

This Saturday, check out this FREE and all-ages festival showcasing the full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods & services with booths & workshops focusing on food, environment, clothing and fitness. Catch live music on the promenade all day too.

Tiki Night 2016
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Egyptian Theater, Hollywood
http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/tiki-night-2016

Enjoy an all-ages Pacific Islander festival and show this Saturday evening in Hollywood. Visitors will find music, dance, entertainment, food, drinks, desserts, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. General admission costs $18, or $14 for students or seniors.

Popfuji II
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
http://www.brouwerijwest.com/popfuji/

This Saturday evening, San Pedro’s Brouwerij West will bring back Popfuji, their unfiltered pilsner, as well as a handful of local bands and gourmet food trucks. The cover charge to enter costs $5.

Ska In The Park 4
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 30
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim Hills
http://www.facebook.com/events/1072192789560805/

Get your skanking on at this free and all-ages ska show this Saturday night in Anaheim Hills.

No Clue Brew Ride
8:30 am – 12:30 pm, July 31
No Clue Brew, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.brewcyclers.com/

Go on a bike ride this Sunday morning, which will include a brunch stop and beers. The bike ride costs nothing to attend, but participants should bring cash for food and beer.

2nd Annual Yestercon
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 31
The Carson Center, Carson
http://www.yestercon.co/

Check out old toys, games, and other pop culture items at this all-ages retro event in Carson this Sunday. General admission costs $10 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am. Visitors may park for free here.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 31
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

The Annual Swiss Fair returns to Swiss Park in Whittier this Sunday. Guests of all ages will find Swiss food, drinks, desserts, vendors, dance, music, cheese tastings, games, and more. Entry costs $5, which includes parking.

Reckless First Anniversary Party
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 31
Reckless Brewing Company, Miramar, San Diego
http://www.wetnreckless.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/271274669916141/

Formerly Wet N Reckless Brewing, they will celebrate the first anniversary of their reopening this Sunday afternoon. They will have 12 beers on tap, and you can get a sampler flight of all of them for $15.

Summer Soda Tasting 2016
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 31
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, Highland Park
http://www.galcos.com/

$15 gets you a pass to sample various sodas in Highland Park this Sunday evening while supplies last.

letlive. @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.thisisletlive.com/
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/letlive

Post-hardcore band letlive. will headline an all-ages show in Santa Ana this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $15.