SIMNET goes online in 1987

This is a video displaying the capabilities of SIMNET which was a multi-user military simulator that went online in 1987. A few interesting quotes from the latter half of the video should have you thinking about the future of virtual reality systems.

“…you’ll be able to create anything, from a synthetic battlefield to a synthetic factory, all using the same core technology.”

“Anything that you can conceive of can be put on a network.”

“…all the way down to the guy bringing lunch out to the troops.

First Black NASA Administrator Charles Bolden ‘Pleaded’ To Get Into Naval Academy

First Black NASA Administrator Charles Bolden ‘Pleaded’ To Get Into Naval Academy

This is an interesting short read/listen that appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition about a moment in one person’s journey. From the strategies employed when asking for help to the personal resilience and effort it takes to get where you’re going, there’s a lot to pick up from this piece.

h/t Leland Melvin

How to Make a Nakamura Hammer Paper Airplane

How to Make a Nakamura Hammer Paper Airplane

The Nakamura Hammer is my new favorite paper airplane. Here are the instructions I followed to make it. The “Nakamura Lock” which makes this plane so stable in flight is named after Eiji Nakamura, author of Flying Origami.

NASA and Apple Work Together to Create Visions of Harmony for Juno Jupiter Mission

NASA and Apple Work Together to Create Visions of Harmony for Juno Jupiter Mission

Apple teamed with NASA to create a stunning 8-minute short film about NASA’s Juno Mission.

Visit Mars in VR with the HTC Vive

I used the Valve Destinations Workshop Tools to visit Mars in virtual reality today.

Playing Duck Hunt in VR with the HTC Vive

I managed to grab a copy of Duck Hunt VR created by Joseph Delgado. Duck Hunt VR is an excellent recreation of the classic NES Zapper light gun game. Here’s some video from a quick play session.

Wireless VR Streaming to an iPhone

Wireless VR Streaming to an iPhone

I’ve been tinkering with my new HTC Vive VR headset and was recently able to wirelessly stream the stereoscopic image to an iPhone 6. This was accomplished using Moonlight for iOS, a HTC Vive VR HMD, and a gaming rig loaded with a i7-6700k 4GHz CPU and a 980ti Hybrid GPU. This setup currently only mirrors what is displayed on the Vive.

Immigrant Apparel Seeks To Unite Us All, CEO Betty Penate Discusses the Birth of a Brand

Immigrant Apparel Seeks To Unite Us All, CEO Betty Penate Discusses the Birth of a Brand

I met Betty Penate last summer at the Amber Rose Slut Walk in Los Angeles. Betty is the Founder and CEO of Immigrant Apparel. Betty was there to showcase her clothing line and show support for the event dedicated to combating gender inequality, sexual injustice, and derogatory labeling.

A Love Letter to Mindy Kaling

A Love Letter to Mindy Kaling

As a Latina, the daughter of an immigrant, an aspiring writer, a pop-culture enthusiast, and a lover of comedy, Mindy Kaling is definitely a hero of mine.

NASA Announces Video Idea Winners for the Asteroid Grand Challenge

NASA Announces Video Idea Winners for the Asteroid Grand Challenge

Did you win in the idea phase? Find out and submit a pitch to possibly win $9,000 in the next phase of the AGC video challenge.