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This is an web based tool that can make space themed sky boxes. It doesn't have a lot of options but works okay. 
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A Unity Gizmo for use with PicaVoxel package. It can be used to mark locations in the voxel volume.
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Yeah. I've been using MagicaVoxel to create little 3D environments. 
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A while back I built a 3D lunar lander in Unity. Today I got this wild hare idea to reuse the landscape and make a VR demo where the Vive controllers were the thrusters. Basically I can fly around like Iron Man. I'm not sure it would make a good game. I don't really have much of a problem with VR motion sickness but this made me feel a little uncomfortable. Still it's pretty entertaining.


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Yeah that's the idea. I thought maybe a Space Marine drop ship sort of game where your space carrier ejects you from low orbit and you have to fly down and hit your designated landing spot while fighting drones that defend the area.

Now I think I have a better idea. 
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Looks like github is now offering unlimited private repositories for $7 per month.
We couldn’t be more excited to announce that all of our paid plans on GitHub.com now include unlimited private repositories. GitHub will always be free for public and open source projects, but star...
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So it's not perfect but grasping seems to work okay.
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Vive update 1.

Setup: The first thing that the instructions in the box have you do is download and run a setup program. The program step you through all the components in the box explaining what each one does and what to do with it. Each step is complete with graphics and animations to help.

Hardware: Mounting the tracker modules was the most involved step. If you can drill holes and screw things in you will find it pretty easy. The tracking modules can be at most 16 feet apart. The minimum room scale configuration is 6 1/2 x 5. Any smaller that that and you have to configure it for standing or sitting. Fortunately there is good space downstairs in my office to use for a room scale area that's about 9" x 11".

Plugging in the link box to your computer was the next step. Your computer needs to have a HDMI and USB port. Using the supplied cables you connect these ports to the link box. The link box also has a power dongle that need to be plugged in. The headset itself has a long all in one cable that plugs into the link box.

Software: Once the hardware is installed the setup program takes you through a calibration phase. You put the headset and controllers on the floor so it knows where the ground is. Then you use one of the controllers to trace out the perimeter of your play area. Once this is done it's time to put the headset on.

Before this, my only real VR experience was with google cardboard. Google cardboard was an interesting but frustrating experience. I had some problems even when using one of the slightly fancier plastic headsets, . The headset never quite fit right and would easily slip out of adjustment. I could never quite get the stereo overlap in the center to feel right and the FOV was such that I always felt I was looking down a tunnel at the scene. Now I did expect the Vive to be much better but I thought that it would require some adjustment. So I was surprised when I put it on and it just worked.

When you put the headset on for the first time you enter a little Vive usage tutorial. You start off in a virtual living room. However withing seconds the walls and furniture start folding away into the floor all around you. (If you have ever played Portal it's thematically similar.) It's a very cool first impression. Anyway soon you are left in in middle of a large empty indoor arena.

Then one of the AI cores from the Portal game appears and begins instructing you about the basics of the play area and controllers. One of the first things he does is demonstrate the chaperon system. When you approach the edge of the play area you defined in the calibration phase a grid wall will fade in letting you know where the boundary is in the virtual space.

Then he shows you how to use the controllers. The cool thing is that you see physically accurate models of the controllers in the virtual space. When he talks about each of the buttons they light up and have a text prompt attached to them. For the purpose of the tutorial the trigger fires a laser beam and the touch pad button can make balloons of various colors inflate from the end of the controller. The balloons float away and you can pop them with the laser.

I have to admit even with this little demo I'm giggling like a little kid. Really. It's that cool.
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Dang, more elaborate than I thought.
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Everyone is operating their frog improperly.
HOW TO OPERATE YOUR FROG
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Frog model D1254 is not 6 DOF
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I like the little antigravity wave ring glowy thingies.
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VR & Art: Reviving Surrealism? via Benjémon Maltbie
#VR #Art #UploadVR
http://uploadvr.com/virtual-reality-creates-haven-surrealist-movement/
VR is a huge driving force of artistic creation and expression. And even more specifically, it could create a wonderful haven for surrealist art.
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Hey Patreon patrons-- tomorrow's comic will be posted a bit late, since I've got a bad stomach flu. Sorry! Discuss this comic in the forum. April 26, 2016. Discuss this comic in the forum. April 25, 2016. Discuss this comic in the forum ...
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I've been learning how to write VR stuff in Unity. It turns out getting something working is not very hard. There's a free SteamVR plugin for Unity with a camera rig that can be placed in your scene. It handles all the head and controller tracking. I've been working on using the controllers to grasp things. It this case the three boxes in the scene. I got the grasping part working pretty early but the harder part is keeping the grasped object from penetrating other immobile objects in the scene while still letting it knock other loose objects around. I've tried a couple of approaches so far but none of them have quite worked they way I want. I think solution is probably going to be to create a spring joint between the object representing the gripper and the object it holds. If the spring tension is tight enough then the grasped object will knock around the loose objects but when in hits some immovable surface the spring will have to stretch. 
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MapCrunch - Random Google Street View
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Finally, an electric bike that doesn't look like a failed high school science experiment. But at what cost?

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