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How Reality Got a New Workflow: Facebook Partners with Otoy to Create VR Tools

How Reality Got a New Workflow: Facebook Partners with Otoy to Create VR Tools

Otoy and Facebook recently announced a partnership in which a Facebook Surround 360 camera will be usable within an Otoy Orbx workflow.

How VR startups can survive the slow growth of 2017

How VR startups can survive the slow growth of 2017

“Be cautious. Know that when it comes to the VR industry, you guys probably know a lot more than any of the investors that you’re talking to. Manage accordingly.”

How to View Custom Photo Spheres on a Google Pixel and Daydream View

How to View Custom Photo Spheres on a Google Pixel and Daydream View

Today I was testing out a user interface design for a Google Daydream VR application we are creating at Variable Labs and I wanted to see how it would look in the Daydream View headset.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How the “Mother of All Demos” Changed our Lives

I recently learned about a computer demonstration dubbed “The Mother of All Demos” given 40 years ago by Douglas Engelbart at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. Douglas showed off the NLS computer to a crowd of 1000 computer pros.  The demo of this system given on December 9, 1968 is now considered one of the most important in modern computing history.