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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VR for Industry

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

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 @ NunAndNoot.com    

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Final Thoughts about the MS/Acer VR headset (I refuse to call it Mixed Reality)

About a week ago I got an Microsoft / Acer VR headset, which MS insists on called “Mixed Reality”. I reviewed it, I took it apart. I made some tests in Unity3D. I emailed MS support. Here are my final thoughts: Price It’s cheap. Currently priced at $300. While a few weeks ago I would have considered …

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