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A great, easy to understand(ish) primer on the reason VR looks so pixelated.
A comprehensive article from RECODE about the fundamental differences between Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality. Apparently they are pretty big and if you mix your Realities up, you run the risk of getting a stern lecture from an annoyed Nerd.
Embodied Intelligence wants to make it easier to train robots to rise up and take over the world with superhuman skills... at least that was my takeaway from this article in wired....
AEXA Aerospace of Houston, Texas USA is embracing the Microsoft HoloLens to create 3D holographic representations of hardware and intuitive procedures to help streamline training and operations aboard the International Space Station. As of 2017 Microsoft says that HoloLens sales are in the thousands, admittedly a small number. However with companies like AEXA embracing the product, is a developer market for high quality content far off? What do you think?
What does nearly 2 BILLION dollars buy when it comes to Mixed Reality? Is MagicLeap Vaporware or the future?
MagicLeap is a Mixed Reality technology company that has never shipped a product or even officially shown a prototype. Yet it continues to seduce investors with the promise of a delicious piece of "Mixed Reality" technology. Sound familiar?
MagicLeap just received a $502 million investment on top of its nearly $1.4 billion in existing funding. So what does that buy? At this point it is anyone's guess.
The intensely secretive company has a carefully managed public image; though there have been leaks and rumors from employees. Their website has some amazingly inspirational, if not vague, videos about its mission. Critics claim that MagicLeap is plagued with internal strife, including allegations of sexual harassment and that it relied heavily on CGI for its promotional videos to mislead people into thinking that they were farther along with their prototype than they really were.
Proponents say that what ML has accomplished is nothing short of amazing.
Say what you want, savvy behemoth GOOGLE (now Alphabet) was one of the first mega investors, which seems to say that there must be something to ML's claims. There is a media buzz that MagicLeap will issue some kind of announcement regarding their tech before the end of 2017.
So what do you think? When it comes to MagicLeap, will the cake turn out to be a lie Or a delicious Magical Leap in AR/MR technology?
Virtual Reality will change the face of cinema in the next decade—but only if content keeps up with the advances in technology, industry experts at the Busan International Film Festival predict. And we thought 3D glasses where awkward...
Courtney Holmes from Pixelkin show how to make a VR Headset for you phone out of a pizza box. Now that's level 10 geek multitasking.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the new Oculous Rift.
Micorsoft's answer to Oculus Rift is the Hololens. They demonstrated some of it's outstanding abilities live, running on the new Windows 10 operating system.
Cameron Robinson from Gamespot looks act 6 alternatives to the Oculus Rift.
The guys from Smoosh games take a look, literally at the horror game 'Affected' for the Oculus Rift. You can watch the video with both real time game play as well as split screen reaction of the players. The guys get the wits scared out of them on a number of occasions, which lends it self to some finely placed expletives - so this is NSFW but worth the watch. This thing looks terrifying and as one of the players put it, 'My hands are shaking and I'm bleeding. That's the sign of a good game."
Ok- yep. I just made up the term RiftGasm. It seems like an appropriate way to describe peoples reaction when they recount thier experience with the VR sensation, Oculus Rift. Here's Strength Gamer's YouTube take.