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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

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.

How to create a 3D model of the surface of Mars using photogrammetry software and NASA Curiosity Rover navcam data

Let’s go to Mars! This video shows how I used Photoscan to generate a 3D model from stereoscopic images taken on Mars by the NASA Curiosity Rover.

Why Has NASA Not Gone to Mars with Humans Already?

Why Has NASA Not Gone to Mars with Humans Already?

  1. The tech to keep people alive BOTH ways is still being developed. Some problems are similar to ones we’ve solved when sending folks to the Moon but MANY are different.
  2. It’s crazy expensive to solve these problems and it takes time. You can’t throw twice as much money at some of these problems and expect them to be solved in half the time.
How I Fixed My Mac Mini Headless Server From Showing Weird Display Errors

How I Fixed My Mac Mini Headless Server From Showing Weird Display Errors

I’ve been using a late 2012 i7 Mac Mini as a headless server running Plex and other services for a few years. I noticed certain resolutions would be unavailable when I remote connected to it via OS X screen sharing and portions of the screen would often just appear black unless I dragged a window over them.

What is the Indie Galactic Space Jam?

What is the Indie Galactic Space Jam?

We had an opportunity to speak with Peter Smith about the Indie Galactic Space Jam. Peter is an Assistant Professor of Game Design at the University of Central Florida and he also co-founded the Indie Galactic Space Jam which is occurring at the Melrose Center in downtown Orlando, Florida from August 13-16, 2015.