Haptic.al, a free online publication that promotes the promise of virtual reality and augmented reality, is moving to western Nevada County, NCERC Executive Director Jon Gregory announced in a column in The Union. (It was locked behind The Union’s “paywall,” but I still had one more free article left for this month, so I got to read it.)
“After participating in the (Green Screen Institute) Accelerator program, (Deniz) Ergurel has decided to launch Haptical in Nevada County — and his wife and young son will be relocating from Turkey in October,” Gregory wrote.
Well, more like continue it. Haptic.al was launched as part of founder Deniz Ergürel’s Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism project at City University in New York, he has written. “Today, as part of my 2016 Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism project I am launching Haptic.al,” he wrote in February. “Haptic.al is a weekly tech newsletter dedicated to deliver news, data and insight about virtual and augmented reality market,” according to Deniz.
He continues: “Are you a VR/AR startup founder, inventor, manufacturer, producer or developer? Find me on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. I’ll do my best to share your story and help you connect with others.” Haptic.al lists 2.3K “followers.” Deniz’ resume is here, and his website is here. He has been a freelance tech writer in Instanbul, Turkey.
Like the Green Screen Institute, Deniz is highly bullish on virtual reality and augmented reality — despite public skepticism. “Every 10 to 15 years the computing landscape is reshaped by a major new cycle. In 1980 it was the PC, in 1994 the internet, in 2007 the smartphone. By 2020 it will be the virtual and augmented reality.”
Haptic.al lists two other writers: Eva Hoerth, “I like VR. I’m going to get you to like it, too,” and Minal Hasan, “Founder & General Partner at K2 Global. I invest in tech companies in the U.S. and Asia. Mommy, hustler, Silicon Valley native, former lawyer and journalist.”