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A bigger step forward…

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The great John Carmack, now with Oculus Rift, explains eloquently why virtual reality is a bigger step forward in computing than “the next factor of 4 difference that we get in GPU power” –

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Why 3D? (3DDojo Belfast)

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Matt Johnston is one of the organizers of Belfast’s 3D Dojo – ” a place to try, learn and play with computer animation for free!“. He asks, and answers, an important question in a blog post entitled ‘Why 3D #3ddojo‘ –
“Yesterday we had record numbers at #3D Dojo at the University of Ulster. There were kids designing game objects, real-world objects and expressing their imagination. The future for this is preparing children for a world where they will be interacting equally …

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Structure Sensor: Capture the World in 3D

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With 13 days still to go it’s incredible to see Occipital’s Structure Sensor hitting $1,014,278 in pledges on Kickstarter with a mere goal of $100,000. With the promise that you can – “Scan objects and rooms in 3D, play augmented reality games, and develop mobile apps with 3D vision” – it’s not hard to understand why there are, as of now, 2,796 individual backers.

But a the key to this success, I believe, lies in a single word on the Kickstarter campaign …

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A new vision for Virtual Reality gaming and motion control

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Via the Sixensense channel on YouTube: “Nathan Burba and James Iliff, the creators of Project Holodeck have a vision of a fully mobile, Virtual Reality gaming experience that includes the STEM System. We asked Nathan and James to share their vision for VR gaming and motion control, and thoughts on the STEM System.”

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Virtual Reality is getting a huge Kick

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The success of crowd-funding campaigns for virtual reality devices such as the Oculus Rift, the Virtuix Omni and the STEM System have amply demonstrated that there is a huge latent demand for virtual reality gaming and experiences. And the stream of innovation shows no signs of abating with two hugely exciting projects hitting Kickstarter recently –
Firstly we have (the oddly named) vrAse – a case for smartphones that delivers a very affordable entry level virtual reality experience to a mass audience …

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Apple co-founder loves virtual reality

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Hypergrid Business met with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and asked him for his thoughts on augmented & virtual reality –
He said he can see a lot of uses for it. ”Especially for games, but also education and training people, and preparations for missions.”
Its nice to see that the ‘woz’ isn’t biased towards Apple products, and can openly praise Google Glass as well as the Oculus Rift. Although I’ve no doubt but that Apple are doing more than keep a …

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Telepresence robotics, the flipside of Virtual Reality

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If Virtual Reality is about ‘being’ in a simulated place that doesn’t exist physically then Telepresence is about ‘being’ in a real place other than where you are physically. You could call them two sides of the same coin and the latter is going through just as much of a revolution as the former.
Witness the ‘Ad campaign [that] enables anyone to spend 3 minutes as a robot in Italy‘ –

It’s quite amazing to think a guy in …

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Another leap forward for Virtual Reality

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The wireless STEM motion tracking system from Sixense has been a massive success on Kickstarter, pushing well past $0.5m in recent days. The new video below gives an indication why, especially in the segment that includes the Oculus Rift where we can see the controlled  avatar literally looking around corners in the virtual environment –

 

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PC endangerment?

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I’m not sure what to make of the news that 5,000 Irish kids are to start the school year using Wriggle’s tablet-based digital curriculum.
“Parents or guardians of students purchase an iPad, or another tablet, for their child/children when such such schools get involved with Wriggle.
While this is up to the discretion of the school, some post-primary/secondary schools that have migrated to the Wriggle programme have reportedly liaised with families so that they can come up with an agreement with …

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Game-based Learning project at BT Young Scientists & Technology Exhibition

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We had a bigger than usual interest in the BT Young Scientists & Technology Exhibition this year due to the fact that we were collaborating with the team from Young Scientists Tanzania who proudly represented their country at the competition.
Unfortunately we couldn’t attend the event but lucky for us we had plenty of friends ‘pounding the pavement’, including Science & Maths teacher Paudie Scanlon who pointed us to one particularly wonderful project on game-based learning (GBL).
@missionvhq this kid is brilliant. …

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