Today, we had the opportunity to visit the Shopify office, downtown Ottawa. After hosting The Head of Virtual Reality at Shopify, Daniel Beauchamp, at our open house on December 10th, we were invited to his office to check out some of their technology. Daniel also gave us a small tour of the office which included, the buffet style lunch cafeteria, the playground slide that is an alternative option to using the stairs, a few of the themed floors, and of course his office, the virtual reality room. We were able to try out the Samsung Gear VR which is a mobile virtual reality device, although most importantly we had the chance to try out the HTC Vive, which we have not yet got our hands on. We were able to walk around the virtual world by doing so in real life around Daniel’s office. Being familiar to the development kit 2 of the Oculus Rift, walking around in the virtual world was quite refreshing and seamless.
Meetings like this help us learn and expand our ideas outside of the office which help us understand the possibilities of what we are doing. Thanks to Daniel and Shopify for hosting us at their office. We look forward to possibly working with you in the near future!