Using VR To Cope With the Death of a Loved One
This use of VR is powerful, alarming, and hopeful. Our reality is about to be fundamentally altered by technologies that are arriving. We are neither prepared for the magnitude of the shift in consciousness nor can we fathom its ultimate final state. I hope we have the fortitude to know better than our predecessors and use these tools to find peace for one another.
Shareable Parts of Reality
Will the next big content format contain bits of reality? USDZ could be a hint of things to come. Imagine programmable self-contained bits of volumetric information that can be shared with others. The process will be simple:
1. Scan a real clock
2. Program the digital version of the clock
3. Share the clock and it’s code as a single file so that others can instantiate it in their reality.
“The Woman Behind the Clothes” Asks if VR is Unwittingly Sexist
In Freeform’s new series, The Bold Type we follow Jane, Kat, and Sutton who are three best friends navigating office politics and life at a fictional women’s magazine, Scarlet. The Bold Type is inspired by the adventures of real life Cosmopolitan magazine editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles.
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
“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
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.
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
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.