VR Treadmill Overview – March 2018

– Last updated on April 24, 2018 VR treadmills have been trending recently, so I decided to do some research and also share my own experience. There is a lot of noise but very few actual products. Here is what I found: Slidemills systems This is the cheapest and most common design for a VR treadmill, …

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Your AR App Sucks – OR – The Current Sad State of Augmented Reality

Right now, as for early 2018, Augmented Reality sucks. It’s not fun, it’s not useful or engaging, doesn’t solve any problems or provide any value. Allow me to explain. Lets start at the beginning. History Augmented Reality has been around for a very long time. Back in 2005 I was hired as the R&D manager …

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3DOF, 6DOF, RoomScale VR, 360 Video and Everything In Between

3DOF vs 6DOF DOF means Degrees Of Freedom, the number of different “directions” that an object can move in 3D space. 3DOF VR headsets can track your head orientation, i.e., it knows where you are looking. The 3 axis are roll, yaw and pitch. 6DOF headsets will track orientation and position, the headsets knows where …

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Zed Mini – Unboxing and a Quick Review

In The Box My two Zed Mini cameras arrived today, after a bit of a delay (pre-order placed sometime in Oct 17, was scheduled to ship in Nov. Included in the box: Camera Lens cap Bracket for the HTC Vive Paper alignment helper thingy Short USB-C cable (1m) Long USB-C cable (~4m, not pictured) Software …

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The Accommodation-Vergence conflict and how it affects your kids (and yourself)

Introduction Remember that first time you put on a VR headset? You were immersed in a virtual world and (hopefully) it was breath taking. Then, if you were in VR for a good amount of tine, when you took off the headset the real world felt… weird. Not right. Something odd about it. That feeling …

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VR Water Sphere

I’m building a VR art gallery for Lena Gorelick, a local artist whom also happens to be my wife. Here is one of the interactive displays. Experimenting with fluid mechanics in VR.

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I installed a TPCast, was blown away, and then went back to tethered. A very subjective review.

A few days ago I had the opportunity to grab a TPCast and install it on my home office Vive. Here are my thoughts: Lots of parts, clunky. Battery+holder, receiver, transmitter, router (why?) Setup was easier than expected. Pretty much plug in everything, install the TPCast software. Had some issues that went away after a …

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Microsoft Motion Controllers – Unboxing and first look

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

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

My company (Packet39.com) 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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