VR Included in the 13th Five Year National Informatization Plan of China

On December 27th 2016, the Chinese State Council published the 13th Five Year National Informatization Plan, and the plan pointed out that the 13th Five Year period is an era of information and communication technology revolutions and breakthroughs and an expanding stage when digital dividend is fully released. The first three sections mainly elaborate on the current development situation, the overall target and the main direction; while the fourth section focuses on the major tasks and projects plan and pointed out that the strategic layout of advanced technologies need to be strengthened, including quantum communication, future network, neuromorphic computing, artifitial intelligence, virtual reality, big data cognitive analysis, new nonvolatile RAM, unmanned vehicle, block chain, gene editing etc. The foundation research and cutting-edge layout of these technologies need to be enhanced for a leading position.

Apart from that, the plan also listed 5G network as a priority. According to the plan, 5G network development and testing will be ready by 2018 and IPv6 will in large scale deployment and commercialize stage. By 2020, 5G network will complete its research and begin to commercialize while the whole internet will upgrade to IPv6. Also, there will be major breakthroughs in future network structure and key technologies.

The Five-Year Plan’s full name is National Economy and Social Development Five-Year Plan Outline of People’s Republic of China. As a long term plan, it is an essential part of China’s national economy plan and mainly focus on the planning of national major construction project, productivity distribution, national economy key ratios. It sets the vision, targets and direction for national economy development.

Chinese & British Innovators’ Reflection on VR

The Black Mirror series ignite people’s pursuit and reflection on unbelievable technologies while Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them created another round of visual miracles in the magic world. Made-in-Britain to some extent is a label of refined content with cutting-edge thinking and innovative technologies. Last year marks the starting of British-sino culture communication golden age, and the innovative industry from the two countries are seeking new partnership as well. Recently, UK Department for International Trade teamed with Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television to host the British-Sino Creative Innovators Forum and over 150 corporate executives came to Shanghai for exchange and communication, including top medias like BBC Global, ITV Studios, Framestore, iQIYI, SMG and JiangSu TV Station.

At the forum, VR without a hitch is the most concerned topic.

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ODG Teamed with China Mobile’s Subsidiary to Enter China AR Market

It is reported on December 19th that, China Mobile’s subsidiary eco-company Migu Video Technology announced its startegic partenship with American AR company Osterhout Design Group (ODG). It is reported that this coorperation will fully utilize ODG’s technology advancement to develop high-end product for the joint brand. At the same time, Migu Video will take advantage of China Mobile’s user channel and market service to build its exclusive terminal sales agencies and truly enrich the AR industry model.

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Kevin Kelly Speech: The Inevitable

KK gave a vivid speech in ChengDu. Topics include VR, AI.

On December 9th, 2016, KK arrived in ChengDu and gave a vivid speech in JinJiang Hotel, touching upon topics like AI, VR etc.

KK has an optimistic belief in future technology and he thinks we will find many materials and evidences in the length of history or vastness of the land that science and technology  improves our lives constantly. And he believes everything is in a steady manner and humanity will not perish suddenly.

Continue reading for the detailed speech outline reported by Science Fiction World magazine.

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ShenZhen Plan to Build ShenZhen(BaoAn) VR Industrial Park

ShenZhen already hosts 1/3 of all VR companies in China. A new VR Industial Park in BaoAn is in planning to further stimulate the VR industry.

ShenZhen becomes a more and more important city for VR industry as it has successful  hosted China High-Tech Fair and National Mass Innovation & Entrepreneurship Week and its government has corporated with HTC Vive to set up the 10billion RMB fund. Also, it is home to over 1/3 of all VR companies in China.

It is said that at the first council meeting of Shenzhen VR Industry Federation, they are planning to build a ShenZhen (BaoAn) VR Industrial Park in order to further stimulate the VR industry’s aggregation and development.

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Shenzhen Government & HTC kicks off 10B RMB VR Fund

On the morning of Nov. 18th, Beijing Time, HTC announced their partnership with Shenzhen Government and the kick off two initiatives.

Firstly, a brand new Chinese VR Research Institute will be established. HTC will corporate with this institute to develop sensors, display devises, as well as techniques such as graphic/data visualization and human-computer interaction. With talents from enterprises, high schools, research institutes and investment organizations united together to tackle challenges, the institute is striving for breakthroughs and will stimulate the ecosystem development in Shenzhen. The technical results will then be implemented in various fields including health care, military, engineering, design and manufacture.  

Also, with the assistance of Shenzhen Industry Capital Leading Funds, the Shenzhen VR Investment Fund was set up as well. With over 10 billion RMB as initial capital (about 1.5 billion USD), the fund will support a number of companies to speed up the VR industry development in China.

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ShenZhen Government and HTC sign off the 10B RMB VR Fund on Nov.18 2016
Cher Wang, Chairwomen and Co-Founder of HTC expressed in the prepared statement that the center’s “multiple research centers” and “investment funds” will accelarate the VR industry development in Shenzhen and enhance the city’s research and development capability.

These are just two recent initiatives from HTC for its steady development. A year ago, the company has already independently kicked off the Vive X Accelarator program to provide guidance and work space for startups and seek potential investment opportunity at the same time. Later, they corporated with investment firms and set up the VR Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA) to further review the financing plans of these startups. Recently, the company assisted the establishment of Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance in China as well, hoping to unite the enterprises and solve the industry problems 

Known as the Chinese Sillcon Valley, Shenzhen is a globally-renowned electronic components production base with vibrant hardware entreupreneurial acitivities. For instance, the well known Chinese UAV company DJI settled its headquarter in Shenzhen. And it is reported that Shenzhen’s factories has delivered over 10 milion Cardboard type VR devices per month in 2016, most of them were shipped overseas.