which do you prefer sir, high or low velocity?
Monday, 22 February 2021

There's a place where you can hug a stranger and never get sick

quote [ From video cuddle sessions to immersive VR experiences, people are finding the next best thing to in-person affection. ]

I ordered my bhaptics vest months ago before everything went crazy with my living situation. Just got it the week before I moved out, it's pretty sweet. I'll do a full review one of these days once I have time to really mess with the SDK, but what I've used it for has been interesting. Lots of additional perks to the VR experience, but I haven't really run across anything that's tried to really mess with your brain's ability to benefit from synesthesia just yet. Half Life: Alyx was fun with the extra sensations here and there for sure, tho. Boneworks was actually a bit scarier, especially big jumps that result in an extra rumble in your midsection.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+1 Original]
[by steele@10:24pmGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change

quote [ Tech oligarchs are encouraging the creation of virtual worlds as a cheap way to avoid problems in the real one. ]

And an older, but totally unrelated other article.... Virtual reality for chickens would simulate a blissful free-range life
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+3 Interesting]
[by steele@4:21pmGMT] [5 comments]

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Why the bottles in Half-Life: Alyx look so dang good

quote [ The bottles are not transparent. But they look transparent, because Alyx is pulling the cube map for your approximate coordinates, and projecting that pre-baked image onto the side of the bottle you?re looking at. It shows you a distorted view of the space, but it?s a wild illusion that absolutely works. ]

Interesting deduction of shader fakes in simple English.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+4 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@9:24pmGMT] [7 comments]

Saturday, 21 November 2020

Sega VR Revived: Emulating an Unreleased Genesis Accessory

quote [ Equipped with a high-frequency inertial measurement unit and two LCD screens, the Sega VR headset shares a lot of fundamental design with today?s VR headsets. That design was nothing short of revolutionary when Sega officially unveiled the unit to journalists and retailers in 1993, promising to break new ground on the frontier of virtual reality. They miraculously hit their $200 target thanks to technology licensed from a start-up company called Ono-Sendai, whose patented tracking solution could be manufactured for just $1. ]

When I was a kid trying to get into VR, one of the DIY methods for immersion was hacking the SEGA 3d glasses for use with a PC. I never got to do it, but SEGA always seemed to have that extra bit of hardware and research in their back pocket.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+3 Hot Pr0n]
[by steele@5:42pmGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Stanford Research Shows VR Users Can Be Identified Using Only 5 Minutes of Motion Data

quote [ Privacy in VR is an ever growing issue, especially now that all new Oculus accounts must login to Facebook with their real identity, which includes anyone who wants to use a Quest 2. Now researchers at Stanford University have shown they’re able to reliably identify individuals after only a five minute session in a standard … ]

And apparently Facebook figured this out a couple years ago.

As an aside, my roommate just got a Valve Index and I've spent the last 3 hours playing Half Life:Alyx. Insanely good. <3
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+1 Informative]
[by steele@12:37amGMT] [9 comments]

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

New Oculus Users Required to Use Facebook Account Starting in October, Existing Users by 2023

quote [ As Oculus becomes increasingly merged with parent company Facebook, new users will soon be required to sign into their headset with a Facebook account. Existing users will be able to use their separate Oculus accounts until the end of 2022, after which ?full functionality will require a Facebook account.? Facebook says the changes are being made to make it easier for users to find and play with friends in VR and to enhance moderation. ]

lmao, imagine being one of the suckers that didn't see this coming the day they announced the sale.

[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+7 Funny]
[by steele@10:53pmGMT] [9 comments]

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

BHP to introduce remote-in, remote-out arrangement - Australian Mining

quote [ BHP has flagged the start of a new travel arrangement called remote-in, remote-out, which emerged in response to the travel restrictions caused by COVID-19. ]

So remote viewing of employees? Meh, we already live in aworld full of cameras already.

[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+1 Interesting]
[by R1Xhard@10:12pmGMT] [1 comment]

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