Disclamer: Don’t do this in your Google Chrome browser, at least as of now it’ll crash that browser.
Interestingly Firefox just gives an ‘Server not found’ error, Edge… well it doesn’t do anything, Internet explorer brings up an error saying that it cannot find that address. I don’t have Opera, so I don’t know what it does. I wonder how long it’ll be before the chrome team fixes that bug.
The fine folks that are making the Dig Build Live have made a … interesting… 360 video. As with last time, i’ll probably work best in Google Chrome, though it appears that Firefox has added 360 video support. Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge (For those Windows 10 users out there…) do not support 360 videos at this time.
You should also be able to view it on your smartphone, using the Google Chrome browser, the Youtube App, or the Google Cardboard App.
Here’s an interesting video that shows off the Oculus Rift CV1 from E3 – I really wish that I could have gone there this year.
Go to 17:10 to see the actual hands-on demo. Yes this video is 40 minutes long.
Sadly I haven’t gotten to do a hands-on with the Oculus Rift CV1, though I do love using my DK2. Games are much more immersive when played in VR, It actually can be difficult for me to want to go back to playing games on a standard monitor again. I am really looking forward to gettting the CV1, as well as the HTC Vive headset when that comes out.
Earlier today, there Microsoft had a presentation about Minecraft on their Hololens headset…
I have to wonder how close to reality that presentation is, I heard that Microsoft said that some truly epic things could be done with the Kinect, but none of that really happened, at least from what I’ve heard. They want to make Windows 10 THE OS for VR and AR, seeing that they have a partnership with Oculus/Facebook, and evidently Valve/HTC on their Vive headset, they will probably be quite successful at doing that.
I’m happy to see that the Oculus Rift will soon be released to the general public, sadly they put Mac and Linux support ‘on hold’, which means that Windows will be a requirement to use the Rift. From some of the articles that I’ve been reading, thanks to a partnership with Microsoft (Which is probably the primary reason that Mac/Linux support was put on hold) the Oculus will be natively supported on Windows 10, and it’ll be possible to play XBox games on it.
In the end, I’ve become partial to the HTC Vive headset, it will have similar specs to the Oculus, but is being made with a partnership between HTC and Valve. I think that Valve will want the Vive to work on their Steam Machines, which hopefully will mean Linux support.
ORLANDO, Fla. — The employees who kept the data systems humming in the vast Walt Disney fantasy fief did not suspect trouble when they were suddenly summoned to meetings with their boss.While families rode the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and searched for Nemo on clamobiles in the theme parks, these workers monitored computers in industrial buildings nearby, making sure millions of Walt Disney World ticket sales, store purchases and hotel reservations went through without a hitch. Some were performing so well that they thought they had been called in for bonuses.
I recently got a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, a very nice tablet computer. The interesting thing about this tablet is the fact that unlike my Android tablets, or iPad, this is a full computer, able to run desktop applications. (Even Ubuntu Linux can be loaded on the blasted thing!)
Part of the reason I wanted to get a Surface is the fact that I’d like to resume working on my webcomic, Age of the Elements, and as far as I can tell, this device is similar to some Wacom tablets. The pen works very well, I had heard that the surface used Wacom tech for the pen, but that was only in the original and Surface 2 tablets. The Surface Pro 3 uses a NTrig pen instead. At first I was skeptical, the pen requires a AAA battery to work, unlike Wacom pens, and it has a lot fewer configuration options than my older graphics tablets (Wacom Intuos and Bamboo Fun) which can be troublesome.
So far I’ve used Photoshop Elements 7, GIMP, and the Krita image editors on the device, all of them work well, though GIMP has a bug that makes the image update extremely slowly, though that was fixed by downgrading some of GIMPs .dll files. They should really fix that soon… So far I’ve taken a liking to Krita, though it has a mildly annoying issue where it will scroll up or down randomly when drawing (Probably a configuration issue I believe…) All of these applications detect the Stylus properly and have full pressure sensitivity, which can be tweaked via the ‘Surface’ App, or in the art applications themselves. It is very nice not needing to carry any extra equipment around when I feel like drawing, I just need to take this out and start.
The type keyboard is surprisingly nice. Not as nice as a good mechanical keyboard, but given how thin the keyboard is, it is a pleasure to type with. It disconnects from the device fairly easily, but won’t just fall off, as the magnet that holds it in place is very powerful. The on-screen keyboard is also nice, but nothing to write home about. It works about the same as the on-screen keyboards that my Android devices and iPad have.
I can see why Microsoft designed Windows 8 the way they did, Windows 8 Apps work very well, I haven’t installed any start-menu replacements, as those would actually make life more difficult than the standard w8 menu. They really should have done more work to the desktop interface though, as some parts are too small to use easily without the stylus, or a mouse.
The kickstand is also a interesting part of the device, it can go to a very low angle which is useful for drawing, and the keyboard makes it difficult to push around when flipped under the device which is very nice while drawing.
Well those are my experiences With the Surface Pro 3 so far, I’m going to keep on using it, it has some faults, but it’s good enough for me to use it in place of my standard laptops in most situations.
It’s a cool day for us geeks, as days where the same number is repeated many times are rare, The last one for quite a long time will be 12/12/12 at 12:12 AM and PM, as we only have twelve months in a year and twenty four hours in a day… I’ll try to avoid missing that one 🙂