OffPlanet VR #3: reality like you’ve never seen it

Away we go!

Join Bay Area VR and AR pioneers for OffPlanet VR’s 3rd mixer Thursday April 21st from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at NextSpace in Downtown Berkeley. VIP reception + early bird entry from 6pm-6:30pm

Purchase Tickets:

Immerse yourself in 360 video and virtual reality demos using the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung’s Gear VR and more.

Connect with the trail-blazing companies, developers, artists, researchers and thrill-seekers who are defining this radical new territory.

Discover new adventures and mysteries in computing, art, design and engineering.

Demos in the Cafe Space:

Whirlwind VR – Vortx is the first non-contact haptic system that can simulate the virtual environment

Virtual Reality @ Berkeley – Projects and works in progress on HTV Vive

Kunze Productions – 360 video production

GeoPogo – Integrating real and virtual worlds

OffPlanet VR / Quirkeley – HTC Vive demos / Google Tilt Brush

and more! Join us if you have a demo to share!

Special Guest Chats in the Moose Lodge:

6:45 Jodi Schiller, CEO and Founder, New Reality Arts on VR marketing + advertising

7:00 Kevin Kunze, Director, Kunze Productions on 360 video produciton

7:20 Tim CEO and Founder, Whirlwind VR on Vortx, the first non-contact haptic system

Pop-up shop by VRLab

Music by Mayday Sound

Bites by Longbranch Berkeley


$7 advanced general admission /  $15 VIP, early bird entry 6pm-6:30pm / $10 Door (limited!)

Follow us @OffPlanetVR  #OffPlanetVR

Read about our 1st meet up in the SF Chronicle, Bay Area firms make big bets on virtual reality


NextSpace is across the street from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.


Bike Station 2208 Shattuck Ave

Center Street Parking Garage 2025 Center Street

Allston Way Garage 2061 Allston Way

Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar
NextSpace Coworking Berkeley – 2081 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 – View Map

CalDay: Quirkeley things to do

Cal Band has two performances at Cal Day. Photo: Siciliana Trevino

It’s CalDay! – one of our favorite days of the year in Berkeley when the University opens its doors to the public with hundreds of activities, free tours and admission to museums, campus labs and classrooms.

Tweet and Instagram #sharecalday and see your posts appear on the”live” Cal Day site.

Here’s our top picks for Cal Day fun.

Virtual Reality at Cal!

calday16-map-previewThere’s four different places to experience virtual reality from the University’s virtual reality student group!

Sproul Plaza: AR Pop-up Textbooks

Bechtel Engineering Center: Landships! (VR Tank Game), HTC Vive Demos (TBD)

Engineering Student Services (ESS) Patio: Virtual Campanile

Jacobs Hall Open House (12-3pm): T1-M’s Collection (VR Animated Short), Immersive Storytelling

Doe Library $1 Book Sale 9:00 am-3:00 pm
303 Doe Library

T. rex and Friends 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Wallace Atrium, 1st floor Valley Life Sciences Building

Say hello to our resident T. rex and Pteranodon in Wallace Atrium in front of the Museum of Paleontology. Get your picture taken, pick up a T-shirt or tote bag, and score a highly coveted ticket for our museum tour! Get your Science@Cal Passport stamped here.

The Babylonian Night Sky 10:00-10:30 am

126 Barrows Hall

This talk explores the roles of science and magic in order to understand the various ways in which Babylonians of ancient Iraq examined the night sky.
Eduardo Escobar, Ph.D. Candidate in Cuneiform Studies

What Does the Internet Know About You? An Interactive Lab 10:00 am-12:00 pm

380 Soda Hall

Find out what the Internet knows about you, how it knows it, and why it all matters! Then learn some techniques to protect yourself–and your friends–from sharing more than you want to. Gerald Friedland, Lecturer

Robot Learning Lab: A Robot that Folds Laundry, Gives a High Five, and Hugs! 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Kvamme Atrium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall

The Robot Learning Lab conducts research on artificial intelligence techniques to make robots perform challenging tasks. Come meet the first general-purpose robot able to fold laundry and give you a hug, as well!

Cal Band Performances

10:00-11:00 am Sather Gate 

12:00-1:00 pm Rally! Sproul Plaza, Mario Savio Steps 

Strawberry Creek and Natural Landscape Campus Tree Tour 12:00-1:00 pm

Genetics & Plant Biology Lawn 

Learn more about UC Berkeley’s natural landscape with a tour of Strawberry Creek and campus trees! The Forestry Club and the Strawberry Creek Restoration Project lead this guided one-hour tour beginning at noon. To take the tour on your own, the College of Natural Resources offers a smartphone audio tour (see instructions for downloading at

PiE Robotics Demonstration 12:00-2:00 pm

247 Cory Hall

Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) is a non-profit organization that provides a quality STEM learning experience for students in underserved Bay Area high schools. We run a year-long intensive mentoring program and an annual eight-week robotics competition.

Explore the Universe  12:00-4:00 pm

Lawrence Hall of Science (take Hill Shuttle from Evans Hall east entrance) 

BAMPFA Building Tour  12:30-1:15 pm

2155 Center St., BAMPFA

Architecture of Life Tour  1:00-2:00 pm

Traffic in the Sky: Smart Drones 1:30-3:00 pm
Davis Hall, 3rd floor terrace

Berkeley Talks: Jaron Lanier in Conversation with Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks 3:00-4:30 pm

Wheeler Auditorium

Composer, philosopher and computer scientist Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in the field of virtual reality, discusses what is was like to be on the leading edge of breakthrough technology and the experience of shaping the future on a global scale. In an ever-advancing world reliant on technology, he’ll also help us answer the question, What will be the direction of our digital future?

Tickets for this event will be available for pick up on April 16 beginning at 1 pm at Wheeler Auditorium. First-come, first served, subject to availability. One ticket per person only.

Getting around campus

See the campus map for routes and stops.

Cable Cars
Make a 30-minute loop around campus on a motorized cable car, running 8 am–4 pm. Hop on or off at any stop.

Campus Perimeter Buses
Catch a ride around the campus, with routes past the residence halls and Clark Kerr Campus. Buses run 8 am–6 pm.

Hill Shuttle 
Zip into the hills above campus—to see the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Botanical Garden, Space Sciences Laboratory, and Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area. The shuttle leaves every 15 minutes, 8:30 am–6 pm, from the east entrance of Evans Hall. Buses and shuttles are wheelchair-accessible; cable cars are not.

Snow Angel VR raises $10,015 on Kickstarter

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You helped us beat the odds to reach our Kickstarter goal after an uphill 30-day campaign.

Kickstarter is an awesome, terrifying beast. It forced us to risk everything for what we believe in. It forced us to ask for help day in and day out, while so many other worthy causes compete for the community’s attention. Thank you for answering our call and making our project possible. We can’t wait to rock out with you in virtual reality!

All backers will be added to our VIP guest list for OffPlanet VR, Thursday April 21st at NextSpace!

Join us for a night of virtual fun and games, demos, plus you’ll have a chance to try our work in progress! Stay tuned for the updated VIP ticket link that will be emailed to backers.


Thanks to our local business sponsors: Quirkeley, NextSpace BerkeleyM. Lowe & CompanyLongbranch Berkeley and BerkeleysideOur technical Advisory Team: Nicole Lazzaro, Darby Johnston and SVVR

Keep up with project updates by liking Quirkeley on Facebook and following us on Twitter @Quirkeley and @OffPlanetVR

See you in the musical Metaverse!

Sici, Gabby, Amalia, Olivia and Snow Angel