Each of the founders of TribeXR wanted to learn how to become a DJ, but they never got around to it. So they all went to DJ school, and they’ve been building virtual reality technologies to alleviate many of the pain points that slowed down their journeys of learning how to DJ. The number one blocker is not having easy access to the DJ hardware equipment that costs around $6000. They’ve created a virtual simulation of the hardware in VR with an audio processing backend, and now they’re collaborating with DJ tutors to create virtual apprenticeships and come with innovations in new models of immersive education. Their goal is to help aspiring DJs go from knowing nothing to being able to perform in a night club by being able to learn and practice a virtual DJ booth from professional tutors.
I had a chance to talk with Tom Impallomeni, co-founder and CEO of Tribe, at VRLA where I received a tutorial in VR for how to switch bass on a virtual DJ equipment. TribeXR has found a sweet spot of immersive education where it’s faster and easier to learn some tasks when there is an expert in the room guiding you on your learning journey. We talked about collaborating with hardware manufacturers, their Explain, Demonstrate, Mimic (“EDM”) model of immersive education, collaborating with professional DJ schools and tutors, experimenting with spatial metaphors that create visual synchrony to make learning a multi-modal experience, and the iterative process of collaborating with hardware manufacturers on hardware design and potentially designing intuitive spatial interfaces and capabilities within augmented reality.
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Here are some clips of some lessons and DJ jam sessions from TribeXR:
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