This is a video of a bunch of friends taking turns using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to experience the moments before being decapitated by a guillotine. It looks like fun. And it would have been even more fun if somebody would have smacked them in the back of the neck with a broom handle when the blade was falling.
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Finding clothes that fit just right is surprisingly tough for a sizable amount of the population, especially when shopping online. E-tailers have used everything from 3D scanners to mailable mannequins to ensure that customers find the best sizes for them, and the truly picky have probably had a friend break out a tape measure to get some exact numbers. A whole team of researchers is looking the simplify this process however, and put the power to easily get the right size at your fingertips. A group, including developers from the London College of Fashion, and experts from the University of Surrey and Guided, have come together to turn practically any camera into a virtual tape measure, including your smartphone or webcam. Since the image you capture has to be taken in your underwear, we wouldn’t suggest doing this in public, though. All you have to do is fire up the software, take the pic and punch in your height — the computer does the rest. With funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council the coalition is working to bring the system to market, with hopes of launching within the next two years. For a bit more check out the PR after the break.
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Question by sherlockholmesjr: Would a “spec” for a robotic system come from a composite of virtual robotics systems ? Why not USE that? composite to help set to work the robotics system ? Why not connect real equipment to a composite of the virtual systems ?
Answer by Think TankIn simple terms the on off switches that make motors move, will enable the movement of the robot, so a robots degrees of freedom are more about mechanics than virtual programming. But I don’t know what the composite of the virtual system is.
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Lately, it seems like few weeks go by without Tritton announcing a new gaming headset. Now that its full range of Xbox-licensed cans has reached shelves, the company seems focused on updating its former corded stars. Following the recently announced Ax Pro+ “true 5.1″ headset ($ 200), Tritton has unveiled the 720+ 7.1 surround sound headset ($ 150) — the successor to the venerable AX 720. Aside from sporting the Pro+’s edgier aesthetics, the 720+ has been gifted with beefier 50mm drivers (up from 40 on the 720) for improved fidelity and the same selective microphone monitoring found on the Warhead. As expected, an included Dolby decoder box handles the audio processing and connections, while an inline remote lets you set your levels. Rather than having multiple drivers dedicated for each audio channel crammed in both earcups like the Pro+, the 720+ takes a virtual route with Dolby Headphone — a method that’s generally produced better results to our ears for owning, and clearly hearing the virtual battlefield. The 720+ is set to arrive this September, and it’s currently up pre-order direct from Tritton.
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Need something to sate that Windows 8-lust Microsoft stirred up with its Consumer Preview? Then take a gander at this in-development vehicle control app shown off at the company’s Redmond campus as part of this year’s Worldwide Public Safety Symposium. Developed by Modularis, an outfit known for their enterprise, federal and OEM automation solutions, the Metro-style application turns its host slate into a virtual controller, granting users remote access to door locks, sirens, lights, as well as the ability to pull cloud-based data — courtesy of Windows Azure — from multiple cars to determine GPS location. And, as you’ll see in the video after the break, it also has the unintended and wholly amusing benefit of freaking out innocent passers-by.
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Question by : How do I connect my Bluetooth virtual keyboard to my iPad 2? I have tried to connect it by turning on the wifi on my iPad and descovering it, but it will not discover the keyboard. Any ideas? I know how to connect a regular Bluetooth keyboard to my iPad. I an not tech challenged. This keyboard is an itech Bluetooth virtual keyboard.
Answer by James JohnsonUsing a bluetooth keyboard on the iPad is easy. The iPad’s on-screen keyboard works fine but if you are going to do a lot of typing a physical keyboard may be more convenient. If you already have a bluetooth keyboard I recommend that you try it with your ipad.
Here is how to get the iPad to recognize your keyboard.
1. Go to settings, general, bluetooth and turn on bluetooth. The iPad will start searching for bluetooth devices. 2. Hold the power button on the keyboard for 5 to 10 seconds or until it shows up. 3. Select the keyboard on the iPad. 4. A pop up will be displayed with a pin number. 5. Type the pin number on the keyboard and hit enter.
It should indicate that your keyboard is connected, now you can use your bluetooth keyboard. When you need to type the on-screen keyboard will not be displayed, which is good since you don’t need it.
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Swooping through the trenches of the Death Star likely ranks high on every geek’s bucket list, but thanks to the global financial crisis, we likely won’t be seeing Dubai’s Death Star any time soon. Fortunately, the folks at NASA have rigged up a passable alternative — flying through a massive 19-mile crack across Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. The crack was discovered last October and measures 60 yards wide and 50 yards deep, certainly more than enough clearance to accommodate adventurous fliers. Using data gathered by NASA’s Operation IceBridge science flight team, the agency generated an animated fly through that, well, mostly flew over the crack — but we’re sure that was a defensive maneuver. After all, you just never know when a TIE fighter flown by someone’s father might sneak up from behind. See the icy flyover yourself after the break.
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This is the culmination of my last year’s work. I control the robot’s arms through the Kinect and Wii remotes. I control the robot’s navigation through the Kinect and treadmill. I control the robot’s head through the head mounted display (HMD). I also see through the robot’s eyes with the HMD. After doing this exercise, it became apparent that the next feature to add is hearing and speaking through the robot. Luckily both the NAO and my HMD have microphones and speakers so this shouldn’t be too difficult. This was the second try accomplishing brushing the cat. On the first try we discovered that the positioning of the brush in NAO’s hand needed to be flipped 180 degrees from the intuitive direction. Video Rating: 4 / 5Related Posts: