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Monday, 21 August 2017

Hands-On with Valve's SteamVR "Knuckles" Controllers!

quote [ For this special episode of Projections, we finally get our hands on Valve's prototype SteamVR "Knuckles" controllers! FOO VR's Will Smith stops by to give us a demo of this experimental interaction model and shows us what he's been working on at FOO and virtual reality TV shows. It's super cool! ]

So the premise is this is to demo the upcoming Valve "Knuckles" controllers devs are currently working with, but the software environment they use is what makes this worth checking out. This is a great demo of the kind of potential VR has to change the entertainment industry by taking things like traditional animators out of the equation at a fraction of the cost of typical motion capture.

Also, the HTC Vive just got a $200 price drop.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+1 Good]
[by steele@1:20pmGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Cathleen Morawetz, Mathematician With Real-World Impact, Dies at 94

quote [ Cathleen S. Morawetz, a mathematician whose theorems often found use in solving real-world engineering problems, died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 94.

Much of Dr. Morawetz’s research centered on equations that describe the motion of fluids and waves — in water, sound, light and vibrating solids. One of her first notable papers helped explain the flow of air around airplanes flying close to the speed of sound. ]

We lost a mathemetics rockstar.

[SFW] [obituaries] [+7 Informative]
[by steele@10:56pmGMT] [8 comments]

Friday, 11 August 2017

Daydream Labs: Bringing 3D models to life

quote [ During a one-week hackathon, we prototyped ways to make Blocks scenes feel dynamic and alive. Here’s what we came up with! ]

I saved up and bought a NoloVR a couple months ago and I just got it Sunday. Not the easiest thing to get working, but pretty impressive for what it is. Currently working on making a basic Tiltbrush clone in Unity. Last night I got the color picker and line drawing finally working properly. :D
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+4 Interesting]
[by steele@1:06pmGMT] [4 comments]

Monday, 7 August 2017

A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain

quote [ A review of 80-plus studies upends the conventional wisdom. ]

Given that if I'm not sleeping on an air matress, it's on a couch, my heating pad and back exercises are a godsend.
[SFW] [health] [+4]
[by steele@4:33pmGMT] [8 comments]

Friday, 4 August 2017

Super Flemish | Sacha Goldberger Photographe

quote [ What if Superman was born in the sixteenth century?
And what if the Hulk was a Duke?
How might Van Eyck have portrayed Snow White? ]

He also did some Star Wars characters. They're somewhere on his site. Found them!
[SFW] [art] [+4 Underrated]
[by steele@3:05pmGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

SIGGRAPH: Neurable Lets You Control A Virtual World With Your Mind

quote [ At SIGGRAPH this week the Boston-based startup is showing its modified HTC Vive which include EEG (Electroencephalography) sensors along the interior of the headstrap. This is combined with eye-tracking technology from German firm SMI, which may have just been acquired by Apple. The EEG sensors’ comb-like structure dug through my hair to subtly make contact against my scalp where they detected brain activity. It is definitely alarming to hear someone outside VR say my brain is looking good. ]

So this is all happening about ten years earlier than I expected. At this rate, eyetracking and EEG will be standard in Third Generation headsets. Scary, but very very sexy.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+7]
[by steele@2:44pmGMT] [13 comments]

Monday, 24 July 2017

How a vibrating vest helps deaf people hear

quote [ A lightweight wearable vest covered in sensors helps deaf people 'hear' by converting words into vibrations. ]

Related to the post about body hacking. :D

How to Make a Tactile Feedback Compass Belt

[SFW] [science & technology] [+2 Good]
[by steele@12:46pmGMT] [3 comments]

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Piping Brainwaves and Heartbeats into VR : Alan Macy at Woodenfish Shanghai 2017

quote [ Piping body signals into VR and AR opens up a brand new palette of colors we've only barely begun to explore. Sensors can record heart rate variability, brainwaves, and tiny changes in the tension in the facial muscles which will enable immersive experiences to interact with the player on a stunningly deep level. ]

These Embodied Reality videos Crystal Beasley is putting out are freaking fascinating as hell. So esoteric and outside the norm of typical VR discussions you'll find where everyone is just looking for a new FPS to hide inside.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+3 Interesting]
[by steele@1:38pmGMT] [7 comments]

Friday, 21 July 2017

Intel Launches Movidius Neural Compute Stick: Deep Learning and AI on a $79 USB Stick

quote [ Today Intel subsidiary Movidius is launching their Neural Compute Stick (NCS), a version of which was showcased earlier this year at CES 2017. The Movidius NCS adds to Intel’s deep learning and AI development portfolio, building off of Movidius’ April 2016 launch of the Fathom NCS and Intel’s later acquisition of Movidius itself in September 2016. As Intel states, the Movidius NCS is “the world’s first self-contained AI accelerator in a USB format,” and is designed to allow host devices to process deep neural networks natively – or in other words, at the edge. In turn, this provides developers and researchers with a low power and low cost method to develop and optimize various offline AI applications. ]

Another step closer to the ubiquity of AI and machine learning. Now all we need is a handy idiot-proof GUI app for designing nets and we can watch the employees just melt away.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 laz0r]
[by steele@7:29pmGMT] [11 comments]

Saturday, 8 July 2017

People are contouring their penises to make them look bigger

quote [ A few men are championing the art of penis contouring, including internet-famous makeup artist Jeffree Star, who admitted in a video with Shane Dawson he enjoys contouring his peen.
‘I contour my shaft a lot,’ said Jeffree, explaining that he contours his penis while it’s erect, so that when it goes flaccid it still looks big. ]

Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but I prefer the racing stripe. Like my father, and his father before him.

[NSFW] [do it yourSElf] [+3 Funny]
[by steele@8:45pmGMT] [11 comments]

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