Replacing Office With AR… Be Nice To See Combination of AR and VR in One Device

Although Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are too different animals at the moment, I think they should be combined in the future.  As of now, VR is already ahead of AR, because many VR devices are being sold in the market.  AR is still a concept pretty much, but luckily this concept actually got working devices in the work.  So, AR isn’t a concept on paper, but it could be released to the market when it’s done being just a concept but a true working technology.

Both VR and AR require people to flap their hands as if they’re doing exercise or Tai Chi.  Some people think this is tiring.  Maybe using VR and AR won’t get you into shape, but it does require you to make your blood flows more than just typing quietly.

AR got the capability of visualizing real objects with enhanced fictional objects to create better understanding of a situation, event, and whatnot.  I think surgeons could use AR to operate on patients better, because AR can employ AI to navigate the surgeon through a patient’s body and organs with smart information and visualization without having the surgeon to be cutoff from reality.

I would like to see a possibility of one small, slim device that could combine VR and AR together, and by doing so I think VR could serve as a platform for entertainment and AR for work.  After all, VR could take you to a whole new place and block you off from the whole reality altogether.  Anyhow, check out the video right after the break to see how people from a company known as Meta talk about their AR project.  Enjoy!

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VR Shopping Experience With Macy

Single day in China becomes a biggest cash grab event in the world, and Alibaba is the founder of this event.  Alibaba and Macy together provide a virtual reality shopping experience for people in China who do not want to fly to USA but still want to buy products in Macy.  Check how this goes in the video right after the break.

Space Sim ADR1FT To Come Out In March 28 Of 2016, Oculus Rift Ready

Adr1ft looks like a very interesting game which would be released on March 28th of 2016 for PC first.  PS4 and Xbox One gamers will have to wait till late 2016.  Adr1ft supports Oculus Rift, and I think you may get more joy in playing this game in virtual reality than just your regular computer monitor or TV screen.  I don’t know much about the game, but the trailer hints that it’s somewhat a space/astronaut simulation sort.  The trailer shows the game got gorgeous graphics.  I would love to try it out!  Unfortunately, I don’t think I can try this game out in Oculus Rift, because I don’t have Oculus Rift.  Still, the game is also available for PC, and so I might play this game on PC.  Check out the trailer for Adr1ft right after the break.  Enjoy!

The Future Is Here, Creating Real World Applications With Virtual Reality

Very good, but it’s too primitive still.  As if I’m a genius… LOL!  Look at me, I’m so powerful.  Actually, what I was trying to say is that I really hope that one day we can have an AI (artificial intelligence) to help people program inside a virtual world or a holographical world to create real world applications and games.  Instead of grammar/syntax checker, bug finder, and whatnot, the AI would be totally way more awesome since it can automatically suggest better ideas and even automate common templates, routines, and whatnot so people (the programmers) don’t really have to repeat a task.  In fact, AI should understand a programmer’s needs in human conversational style.  A good example would be a programmer talks to the AI in this manner {I want to see a beach ball flies 2 feet over the net whenever James, a game character, stamina goes down about 60 percent.}, and the AI should say yes master… it is done, but let me suggest that we should make this scenario more random like this {and off it goes on explaining and showing and doing and…}.

 

Loop, One Small Step For A Game, One Giant Hope For Humankind

One of my dreams is about exploring a programming system in which the holographic slash virtuality artificial intelligence system would become my assistant.  This assistant would be out of sight and out of mind but in your face when I got stuck.  One example would be assembling a futuristic software that could model all possible events that got high probability of becoming facts.  Such an ambition would be out of my league for sure, and so there is no way I would know where to start.  Nonetheless, the out of sight out of mind but in your face assistant would come to my rescue.

The AI suggested me to play with the event models that it had magically conjured up into my vision.  Wearing a stylish futuristic glasses, I could see all of these holographic models appeared out of the thin air, but these models looked hyper realistic.  In fact, the AI messed with my senses and allowed me to feel, smell, and touch the virtual models as if the virtual things I played with got more realness than the real things.

Playing around with the models for a bit, I got nowhere.  The AI suggested that it could just assemble the models for me the way I would imagine it.  I told the AI that I needed a system with intuitive user interface that could allow normal people to interact with when the need for calculating future events arises.  Furthermore, I told the AI that the system needed to be accurate enough for real world tests such as calculating the probability of how many disasters would occur within three months.  This way, I could shorten the testing time for the system.

While during the whole programming process, the AI walked me through various event models that could fit into a puzzle.  Furthermore, as I played with the models, the AI suggested to me various ways that I could skin a cat and arrive at the end of the tunnel whence the light would reveal to me a first draft of so called a futuristic crystal ball.  Within couple hours, I got a first rough draft of the crystal ball system.  I would imagine that it could take couple hundreds, if not couple thousands people’s concerted efforts to carry out my very feat.

So called first rough draft had already allowed me twiddling by as tons of data got smashed together by the crystal ball system.  The data were collected and fetched into the system by my AI assistant of course.  The AI did what I told it to in plain English or Vietnamese or whatever language I could speak to it.  The crystal ball system was hard at work in predicting the next three months’ disasters.  Actually, it was like I only had to waste thirty seconds or so before the crystal ball system spitted out the disasters in a timeline in which I would be on the lookout for the accuracy of it all.  Whatever disasters that could occur in the world within the upcoming three months time frame got projected into my vision.

I had predicted the future, and all it took me just thirty seconds or so to do so, minus the couple hours that I had to program the crystal ball system.

Back onto earth, my feet are now firming with the real ground.  I don’t see this will happen anytime soon.  Because, this kind of technology exists only in my imagination.  For now, at least there is a virtual reality game, Loop, which allows you to deconstruct the game itself with virtual things in motion.  Kind of how I have had imagined my future AI/programming system would be, but the sad thing is that Loop is only a game.  In the end, you cannot really use Loop to devise a real world application.  In my imaginative case, it’s a crystal ball.

Loop got one good thing going for it is that it’s more real than my imaginative AI slash programming system.  Anyway, before you check what on earth is Loop about in the video right after the break, I just want to emphasize that I hope the future programmers won’t speak of coding in programming languages, because programming languages would be so outdated.  Instead of speaking of programming languages, regular people of the future might just only have to interact with an AI and some holographic models for whipping up some futuristic software.  Enjoy the video right after the break!

Samsung Gear VR Review (let’s get real with virtual reality)

Lately, I’d been infected by the virtual reality hype from reading gaming news, and so I decided to go out and grab Samsung Gear VR headset.  I’m using Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge which is being compatible and supported by Samsung Gear VR, and so I didn’t have to hesitate of grabbing a Samsung Gear VR headset.  The price point for Samsung Gear VR headset is only $99, and so it didn’t cost me an arm or a leg or anything like that.  It was a quick drive to Best Buy, and I got myself one.  It was weird too, because when I grabbed mine at Best Buy, it was the last one in store.  They told me so!

Anyway, I thought with all the hypes from the reviews on virtual reality headset, Samsung Gear VR would have blown my mind.  To tell the truth though, my mind wasn’t blown, but I appreciate the technology.  If you have never watched 3D movies before, Gear VR headset or any other virtual reality headset on this date (roughly around early 2015 till now which is Dec. 29th of 2015) would probably have blown your mind.  Fortunately for me, my mind is safe since I’d seen plenty of 3D movies in theaters before.  Although 3D movies are not exactly 360 degree environment, these movies do give you a perspective as if you’re closer to the entertainment medium while you’re at it.  3D view that is!  As if you’re there.  Virtual Reality headsets such as Samsung Gear VR go one step beyond 3D movie technology, because these things provide you the perspective of 360 degree immersive environment.  This means the movies and games you watch and play would put you in the center of the mix.

Samsung Gear VR got one thing going is that it’s virtual reality on the go, because it’s wireless and mobile.  Similar virtual reality headsets won’t have the problem of entertaining you on the go for sure.  Nonetheless, with technology such as Samsung Gear VR, the picture quality is still not high definition enough, thus the range of grainy quality to near HD won’t provide you the immersion that you might have thought a virtual reality environment would provide you.  For me, this is a big disappointment.  I guess, 4K media and various high quality entertainment pictures have had spoiled me in term of allowing me to adjust my brain and eyes to a plethora of Ultra HD picture media, and so Samsung Gear VR could only provide me a 360 degree immersion dimension.  Now, if Samsung Gear VR and other similar VR headsets could provide me the Ultra HD resolution while in 360 degree immersion, this would’ve blown my mind.

Oculus Rift may come out very soon in early 2016, and I’ve heard that with this you maybe able to get much better picture quality in virtual reality.  The resolution would be gorgeous since it does require you to hook up to a moderately powerful computer.  I guess, I may have to wait till Oculus Rift comes out before I can confirm how my mind would go insane for this sort of technology.

With several drawbacks, I still think Samsung Gear VR is super fun.  I got to play a game known as Vanguard with Samsung Gear VR, and it’s somewhat amusing.  My head would do the Chris Tucker’s head dance as if I’m right next to Jacky Chan and telling him don’t touch a black man’s radio.  Now, if in the future you could ride with Jacky and Chris in Rush Hour X using Samsung Gear VR, this would be awesome!

After playing Vanguard, I went on and tested out the social environment in virtual reality, and it’s too somewhat amusing.  I saw myself sitting in the theater environment of sort, but watching someone else who is playing his or her media or a game or whatever.  I could have a little chit chat to the next person if I didn’t mute myself.  I think you may have to also use a bluetooth headphone before you could begin a chitchat like that.  I didn’t even have that, and so I didn’t even try to bother with it.

I got to watch couple 3D 360 degree immersion videos, and by this time I was like I’m loving it.  Nonetheless, the resolution of these videos pulled me out of the virtual reality immersion quite quickly.

Oh, by the way, you can also watch Netflix with Gear VR headset, and this is quite fun to do so.  To tell the truth though, I prefer watching Netflix on a 4K monitor and 4K TV, because the resolution would be way better.  Nonetheless, watching Netflix in Gear VR headset is quite fun, because you put yourself in a different environment.  Basically, you would see yourself sitting on someone else’s couch watching Netflix on a big screen TV.  You would see a remote control, but won’t be able to grab it.  I guess, the next big thing would be virtual reality plus holographic senses, allowing you to feel the senses of touch and smell, digitally.  We’re not there yet, and I don’t know if we’re ever going to see something like that.  Anyway, I have digressed.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can heat up really fast and consume the battery quite fast while you’re using the Gear VR headset.  As the phone is heating up, the performance of whatever game or video you’re watching can be degraded.  Gear VR doesn’t require a power source, because it taps into the phone’s power.  On the Gear VR headset, it got a micro USB connection slot, and so I think you may be able to charge the phone with a small, flash drive size, battery bank.

Without connecting a headphone of any sort, I’m very please with the sound quality of the Gear VR headset.  The sounds come out of this thing can be heard clearly and loudly.  The sounds come out of this thing give you the feeling of hearing high quality audio sources.  I like it!

To sum things up, I like Samsung Gear VR, because it’s mobile and fun.  With that being said, this virtual reality headset isn’t blowing my mind out of its sanity, because I’m just merely amused by it.  As right now, Samsung Gear VR headset doesn’t have the resolution power and the long lasting energy capacity, and so you can’t really say this thing is that next gen, because 3D and virtual reality technology have been out for awhile already.  Still, with only $99 a pop, Samsung Gear VR does provide great value, because you will have a lot of fun with it.  I guess, in the end, the fun does make a big difference.