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The Future Of VR – #ThePatch 151

April 16, 2016 Leave a comment

If you haven’t watched the latest episode of The Patch, I’d suggest doing so before continuing.

VR is great. It’s a 100% immersive experience in a number of different ways. This is primarily achieved by a mix of high quality graphics, and a certain amount of sensory deprivation. And this is where The Patch comes in.

Ashley, quite rightly in some sense, called me out on my “bullshit” that VR headsets won’t “normalise” in future iterations. And she has a point. Technology has an incredibly ability to make itself smaller, and smaller, and smaller than you could ever think possible; phones, computers, personal tech devices, everything. So it stands to reason that VR will do the same.

Except, at least in my opinion, it won’t. Or rather, it can’t.

I’d absolutely love a slimline, almost glasses like VR experience. But those things can’t mix. For VR to truly be VR, there needs to be no visual intrusion from the environment around you. Why? Because that’s where VR and AR become one. The point of VR is that when you “look” for something, it’s where you expect it to be. That can be either moving your head, or moving your eyes. But if you turn your head and expect to see something, and your own living room is there instead, the immersion that you were supposed to be enjoying is gone. And we have a lot of evidence for this, with Microsoft’s Hololens. When it worked, it was flawless. Absolutely flawless. But listening to the people who tried it, there was one problem. Once you looked out of where you were supposed to, the VR was broken. And that was with a half virtual, half augmented headset.

Now clearly the issue here is the AR part, and not the VR part, right? I don’t think so. I’ve had some experiences with AR in the past, and it is absolutely incredible, much like VR. But it’s all about expectations. You “expect” AR to be something additive to your environment, and you expect VR to be a wholly new environment. Once those expectations are either not met, or changed like Hololens, the experience is gone.

So what does that have to do with the Patch? Well, the consensus of the crew was that VR will, as with almost all other technologies, become smaller and smaller and smaller until it’s nothing more than a pair of glasses. This was to aid the normalisation of VR headsets, which was the issue I raised on Twitter. People couldn’t get used to Google Glass; a thin, silver and glass headset no bigger than the frame of a pair of glasses. How are people going to get used to big headsets on your face? I mean, we saw what “the future” looked like at WMC this year. Smaller VR headsets would work for that though, but they won’t work for VR. And that is the issue.

For VR headsets to become smaller and smaller, you have to forgo the entire point of VR. That 100% immersion is gone. There are, however, slim video goggles already. Many professional Drone Cinematographers use small wireless video goggles to give their camera operators a proper live camera view. Though this isn’t an immersive experience by any mean, it is the direction I see VR going. Not totally tiny, but small enough to then be normal.

What’s important here is that AR and VR development remain separate, until both technologies plateau their development. That will provide for continued, 100% immersive VR, and (hopefully) accurate, environment based AR. That, to me , is the real future of VR and AR.

Wow, there’s an essay…

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#CONNECTEDDOC – WHY IT MATTERS, WHY IT WORKS

April 16, 2016 Leave a comment

You’re reading this on the web. That web is conveyed to you by an internet. That internet is sending this very byte of data to a device in your hand, or a machine in front of you. Thus sets the premise for Connected.

Or rather, it doesn’t.

It’s often thought that documentaries; or any video for that matter, should live up to its name. Now, living in our world of Clickbait headlines and marketing misdirection, that’s generally something that’s not attained any more. But we don’t expect it to be, from that type of content. But Documentaries are different. Documentaries are expected to inform us, to educate us, and in some sense, entertain us. And they do. Then we expect that information, that education, and that entertainment to be categorised in some way. The BBC are very good at this. Grandiose names for grandiose films; Animal Planet, First Life, Earth. And you can immediately understand what those Documentary Series’ are about; it says it in the title.

But Connected is different. On a very basic level, it’s the opposite of what the documentary is. They were connected, and now they’re not. The film lived up to its name. Yay.

But as with all documentaries (or as they should be), Connected almost coerces you into looking deeper. It’s presented in such a way that almost makes you live Blaine and Barbara’s 5 days. You see their trepidation, their anxiety, their relief, almost as if we feel it too. And in some way, we do. Like I said at the beginning; you’re reading this on a device or machine that is just firing data at you. Though it may not be a prominent thought in everyone’s mind, we are still acutely aware of the times when we don’t use our technology.

And this is where I think the real point of Connected makes itself known.

It’s not about being connected to so many people, all day every day. It’s the simple lack of connection people have with themselves. Now, this isn’t some deep, philosophical rambling about the necessities of the “inner person” we all have. It’s much simpler than that. When was the last time you sat, alone, and just thought. No phone, no laptop, no PC, nothing. Just you, alone, in your own head. Not as recent as you think, I suspect. We tend to fill this “in-between” time with our technology. We busy our minds in-between the bigger events of our day. And that’s not a bad thing. Neural Stimulus is great. Social Stimuli are great. Creative Stimuli are great. We get all of this from content we watch on-line, to the social media that we endlessly scroll through.

It’s at this part of the documentary that I think Connected comes into it’s own.

It would be very simple to blame social media for the worlds anti-social issues. So simple that people have been doing it for years. Excited new film-makers have jumped at the opportunity to present the Dystopian, almost Orwellian world of Telescreens and data control; our own portable Minitrue’s. And, as is the way, the videos base themselves on knowing more about you than you do. They know why you’re watching it, they know how you’re watching it, and they know how to make you feel bad for doing so. And they get the response they want; some say they’ve known it all along, others get angry that the world could end up like this, and the rest feel an overwhelming sense of indifference about it all.

Connected is different.

Connected doesn’t blame technology. it doesn’t blame society. It doesn’t blame anyone. That’s not the point of it. They didn’t just take Blaine and Barbara’s technology away and say; “Well, go figure out how to live now kthnxbye”. Rather, they gave Blaine and Barbara old tech; from when they were born. As innocuous and unassuming as that seems, it’s one of the most important parts of the documentary.

The world hasn’t become this tech heavy, media crazy world in the last 10 years. It’s been that way for decades. The only difference is the how and the when. Instead of rushing out a print of an evening edition of the paper, we update a web article. Instead of knowing when someone has looked at your message right away, you wait for them to call you back. At no point in the documentary were Barbara and Blaine physically unable to do what they were tasked to do, and what they needed to do. Why? Because people did all of it before. People did their jobs, people went on dates, people learned about the worlds events, just in a different format. That lack of connection to the world isn’t actually there. It’s a perception from where we are now.

That’s all it is. Our perception. Your perception. Because it is, and must be, different for everyone. That is why something like Connected matters. It doesn’t try tell you what to think, it doesn’t try tell you what’s good or bad, it simply gives you a mirror of your own perception. It doesn’t challenge you to change your ways, or to rethink your life, but it also doesn’t stop you from doing that. Connected is open. Open to your reception, open to your interpretation, open to you.

Connected is a triumph, and I use that word for a reason. It truly succeeds in what it set out to do. From such a small, kicked around idea came something so full of depth, and so full of reason.

To everyone at Rooster Teeth, and everyone at Alpheus Media; be truly proud of what you have made and what you have achieved. Its effects will be further reaching that you think. Connected is truly a triumph.

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Raikkonen goes back to the roots he never had

August 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Adam Cooper's F1 Blog

While most F1 drivers have been enjoying some time off in recent weeks the man you might least expect to head back to work early did just that today.

Kimi Raikkonen took part in a development test on behalf of the GP3 series in Barcelona, thanks to his relationship with the Koiranen GP team.

Raikkonen ran 58 laps, focussing on tyres and what the GP3 organisation calls finding “technical solutions to offer more overtaking possibilities to the drivers for the 2014 races.”

Back in 2001 Raikkonen made the jump straight from Formula Renault to Sauber, skipping the F3, World Series and F3000 categories that were the normal route at the time.

“I wanted to test the GP3/13 because my friend Afa Heikkinen has a team in this Series,” said Kimi. “And I have been closely following their progress and results since the beginning of the season. I was curious to…

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The Future…

March 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Right. It’s 2013. Bit late to tell you, I know, but still.

Anyway, this is the year of my Leaving Cert Exams (Final Secondary Level Education exams here in Ireland.) So content on here may be a bit…”sparse”.

 

Don’t worry though, I shall work on what I can, when I can. Stuff like:

  • Sennheiser HD 202 Review
  • Branching into DTM Aero Tech
  • Possibly a review (or description) of a Yamaha YDP v240 Arius (Yes, it’s a Digital Piano)

I’m still debating whether or not to do a “Science Series”; not extremely complicated stuff, but still enough to make you sound smart…and be smart…ish…

 

Anyway, that is what I’ll try to do over the next 8 months. Keep an eye out, make suggestions, ask questions. Self educate and all that…

 

🙂

 

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Another F1 Doodle…

February 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Had 10 minutes of free time, so did an air flow sketch.

Enjoy!

 

 
Air-flow Doodle

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