dammit. they censored the 16- and 17-year old

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

We brought the xkcd web comic into VR!

quote [ The Winnipeg Winter Game Jam was this past weekend, which conveniently overlapped with the itch.io xkcd Game Jam, so we chose to make something for both.

The result is xkcd vr, a virtual reality experience that lets you be all the characters from the xkcd web comic in VR using the same motion capture tech found in Flipside. ]

The Late Late Show Featured Tilt Brush with Disney Artist Glen Keane drawing The Little Mermaid

I wonder how much character detail it takes for you to feel a level of interaction with characters in this sort of environment? Would vague lines and familiar movements be enough to pull you in? Strange times.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+2 Interesting]
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Thursday, 7 December 2017

The Attention Economy is the Addiction Economy: A Call for Emerging Tech for Good

quote [ I?m not writing this to bum you out. I am here to take action on the potential abuses of the next wave of technology. Consumer hardware has already shipped for VR, AR, and biosensors that measure markers of the stress, activity, health and emotional state of a human. ]

For the 3 (are we up to 4?) of you that share my interests in the topic. It's nice to see others finally becoming concerned about how vulnerable we are to influence and the intrusiveness of upcoming technology.

Crystal Beasley also runs the Embodied Reality youtube channel I'm quite fond of, which covers a number of topics often glossed over by people as they chalk up human behavior to whatever their current nom du jour for human exceptionalism happens to be.
[NSFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+4 Interesting]
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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor

quote [ In that moment, it became my mission. With the help of fake reviews, mystique and nonsense, I was going to do it: turn my shed into London's top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor. ]

I encourage ceaseless trolling of these sites.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+10 Funny]
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Monday, 20 November 2017

Hands-on: HaptX Glove Delivers Impressively Detailed Micro-pneumatic Haptics, Force Feedback

quote [ The company formerly known as AxonVR, which has raised more than $5 million in venture capital, is rebranding to HaptX, and revealing a feature prototype of a VR glove which uses micro-pneumatics for detailed haptics and force feedback to the fingers. After trying the prototype for myself, I came away impressed with the tech. ]

Nice. Those micro-pneumatics are sexy as hell.

Oh, almost forgot. Payday 2 VR Beta is live
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+4 Interesting]
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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Poly: Browse, discover and download 3D objects and scenes

quote [ If you?re building for virtual and augmented reality, you need 3D objects for your apps. With Tilt Brush and Blocks, we?ve made 3D creation easier. Now, we want to enable creators and developers to build on everyone?s work. That?s why we created Poly: one place to browse, discover and download 3D objects. ]

Awesome for developers, maybe not so much for places like Turbosquid and other marketplaces.

Neural Nets + VR = Magic!

Also, did I mention I released an android VR Paint app for NoloVR hardware last month? NoloPaint vid demo in extended. :D

[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+6 laz0r]
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Thursday, 26 October 2017

The Experience Tube

quote [ The Experience Tube is a revolutionary analog device which connects one experience to another! Using only soft striped fabric and the most sophisticated facial recognition technology ever developed (installed standard in current model human brains) the tube replaces all peripheral distractions with an unbridled visual feast of stripes and laughter! Simply upload a couple faces into each end and make your own internet, instantaneously! Immediate vivid connection, with no subscriptions, user agreements, invasive advertisements, or spotty service! ]

Beyond VR, beyond AR, there lies Intensified Hyper-Reality. This has the potential to unlock the mysteries of cognition and disrupt Big VR. The more of ourselves we can put inside the tube, the more experiences we can share!

[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+7 Funny]
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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Artist Vandalizes Virtual Koons Sculpture, Questioning Silicon Valleys Fake Public Space

quote [ The vandalism here is more symbolic, but it still raises necessary questions about control and privatization of digital real estate, and how massive corporations can co-opt this endless canvas of pixelated pseudo-reality. ]

Seems like there will be some kind of ubiquitous Second Life AR overlay, eventually, with the equivalent of endless Photoshop layers you choose to show or hide.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+3 Interesting]
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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Inside South Park's Nosulus Rift virtual aroma unit

quote [ This is a virtual reality aroma enhancement unit that was released to promote a game called The Fractured But Whole. In the game the characters use the power of flatulence in combat and this unit responds accordingly by forcefully emitting the aroma of a fart directly in your face. ]

This is really just a quickie by one of my favorite youtubers, Big Clive, but I couldn't help myself and had to post it to the VR/AR category. Clive is an electrical engineer who tears down cheap electronics to see how they work and how well/horribly they are designed, and often mods them, with a particular affinity for lighting. Plus he's a scotsman, and has a great accent.

Various Fractured But Whole links in extended.

[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+3 Funny]
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Laurie Anderson Introduces VR Installation That Lets You Fly Through Stories

quote [ ?It has a certain tactility and made-by-hand kind of thing? this is gritty and drippy and filled with dust and dirt.? Chalkroom, she says, "is a library of stories, and no one will ever find them all.? ]

I've been fascinated by Anderson ever since I was 12 and my oldest sister, a college radio DJ, played Big Science for me. A year later, her Mr. Heartbreak tour was my first live concert. I think I've still got a bit of a crush on her. Hmm, now that Lou is gone..? Link to full aforementioned albums via youtube in extended. "Captain says..."

[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+7]
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Friday, 15 September 2017

?Sea Hero Quest? hides dementia research inside a VR game

quote [ 'Sea Hero Quest VR' is a game that tests your spatial navigation skills, all the while collecting data for dementia research. ]

Anybody that's actually read my rantings on VR (all three of you) knows that one of the reasons I'm so crazy about it, is its potential to unlock some of the mystery around cognition and what's going on behind the scenes of our behavior. The more of ourselves we can put inside the simulation, the more data we can collect about how we work. This is of course a double edge sword, because the more data we can collect for our health and curiosity, the easier we become to not only manipulate in our daily lives, but also to replace in the workplace. Exciting times!

[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+7 Good]
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