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Microsoft Motion Controllers – Unboxing and first look

- October 10, 2017

Hooray, I just got my Microsoft Motion Controllers, to pair with my Acer “MixedReality” headset (which can’t actually do MR in any way). See my review here and here. So, Are they any good? Short Answer Tracking is superb. Build quality is horrible. Long Answer I received two controllers in a plain cardboard box devoid or …
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How to troll Google Maps on a national level

- October 3, 2017

If you happen to look at Israel on Google maps, on Yom Kippur, you would notice something interesting. The entire country is red with traffic. These are no ordinary traffic jams. So what is going on? Something weird happens on Yum Kippur in Israel. For 24 hours, from dusk to dusk, nobody drives. The religious …
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Scientifically (in)accurate crane simulator

- September 24, 2017

My company ( is working a lot with the manufacturing and power industry. I wanted to see how I can take a physical controller and bring it into the VR environment. For simplicity, I went with a Throttle Qudrant joystick , often used for flight simulators. I modeled the joystick and mapped it 1:1 with the real …
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VR for Industry

- September 19, 2017

Geiger Counter Training and testing on the usage of a hand-held radiation detector. This is a pilot project for the nuclear power plant in Pickering, Ontario. An operator places a virtual radiation source on the table and the trainee has to find it. Only the operator can see the source on screen. In VR, this …
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VR Gallery for Lena Gorelick @ Nün&Noot

- September 17, 2017

The Lena Gorelick VR Art Gallery showcases sketches, drawings, interactive sculptures and jewelry. Explore Lena’s work in roomscale Virtual Reality powered by the HTC Vive Pro headset. Work in progress. Unity3D and ZBrush. Art and sculptures by Lena Gorelick @    

Teardown of the Acer / Microsoft “Mixed Reality” VR headset

- August 4, 2017

I wanted to see whats inside the new Acer VR headset that my company (Packet39) received a few days ago. So I took it apart and documented the process. Velcro comes off, then 6 small screws. Then the plastic “face cover” detaches, and the headband with it.       The two lens holders (or …
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Leap motion and the vive tracker


Here is a quick experiment to see if I can merge real-life objects and the Leap Motion hand tracking. Results are … mixed. See for yourself:

3D modeling curved objects with a flatbed scanner


Here is a neat trick that can save a lot of time when modeling objects. Say you have an object that you want to model with high fidelity. And also say you are planning to attach a Vive tracker to this object and swing it around in VR (coming soon). Like so: How would you …
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