Any sufficiently advanced virtual reality is indistinguishable from actual reality.
Running the Steam Deck interface on an Aya Neo
I was interested in seeing how well the new SteamDeck interface would run on my Aya Neo 2021 Pro. A post over on Reddit pointed me in the right direction. In this video I am running a beta channel build of the Steam application that enables the handheld interface that will be introduced with the SteamDeck. This is running on a AMD 4800u processor on Windows 11. Enjoy!
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.
How to Generate Waifu Art Using Machine Learning
“All of the animation is made in real-time using a StyleGan neural network trained on the Danbooru2018 dataset, a large scale anime image database with 3.33m+ images annotated with 99.7m+ tags.”
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.
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.