Lone Echo nails the 3 keys to VR gaming

Most virtual reality games are leaving me cold these days. The latest shooting gallery doesn’t even register in my brain anymore, and even the more original games have to get some buzz before I’ll try them. Thankfully, Lone Echo has picked up enough hype that I took the time to sit down with my Oculus Rift to try it out. Lone Echo is the first major VR release from developer Ready At Dawn, which is responsible for the excellent PSP God of War games. It is a narrative exploration adventure where you play as Jack, a robotic companion to the sole human on a space station. Things go wrong, and you have to zoom around in zero-G by grabbing onto surfaces and flinging yourself where you want to go. That locomotion is one of the big reasons that Lone Echo works, but Ready At Dawn has incorporated several other amazing Read the full article…

Designing Promotional Codes: A UX Case Study (Part 1)

In May 2016, I got a contract as a UX consultant for a relatively complex product. James is the product owner and he approached me to write FAQs for the product website, going by my (that time) title?—?content strategist. UX—Alignment of business goals and users’ goals for their interaction with the product I told James that I do not work with product teams only to write FAQs, I need to get involved for the product UX?—?design, content, and for the big picture business goals. When given a chance for a quick review, I immediately noticed massive gaps in the current UX, in message architecture, and how business rules were compromised (read violated) in the customer journey. This was even before we agreed to work together, and my two hours of product review won me the contract as UX consultant. The Product: This is a SaaS where customers can sign up and buy Read the full article…

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Could a realtime reader experience help Medium grow its community?

Some Pusher magic? updating claps in two browser windows With Medium’s Partner Program launch in August, everyone is talking about claps. Authors in the program will now be paid based on engagement from their readers, with claps being the primary signal. Along with highlights, comments, followers, feeds, and sharing?—?claps are part of Medium’s innovation as the social platform for blogging. Taken together, these features help authors cultivate their community. At Pusher, we create tools that help developers easily build realtime features into their apps. Recently our team has been experimenting with telling our story on Medium. In our company journey we have benefited from the ideas shared here, which is why our founder Max Williams and the rest of the team wanted to give back. When our engineer Emily Green shared her tips for technical interviews, her Medium post was shared internally on Slack and a few of us simultaneously clapped her post Read the full article…

The coming game cartridge renaissance?

Enlarge / You can’t beat an authentic cartridge (reproduction) for that authentic experience. (credit: iam8bit) The fact that Street Fighter II is seeing another re-release later this year isn’t all that surprising. Since its arcade and 16-bit heyday, the classic fighting game has appeared in some form or another on the PlayStation, PS2, PS3, PSP, Saturn, Xbox, Xbox 360, iOS, and feature phones, after all. What was surprising is that this latest rerelease of the ur-fighting game would come on an actual, playable Super NES cartridge. Creative production company iam8bit will start shipping a limited run of 5,500 Street Fighter II 30th Anniversay Edition cartridges—in “Opaque Ryu Headband Red” or “Translucent, Glow-in-the-Dark Blanka Green”—starting in November. Pre-orders have already sold out for the $100 package, which includes a retro-styled box, “Premium Instruction Booklet,” and “Retro Pack-In Surprises.” Re-releasing old games on new hardware has long been common, of course, and Read the full article…

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A telemarketer called my elevator

Enlarge / What do you push if you want solar panels? (credit: John Timmer) For most of my adult life, I’ve lived in dense urban environments where elevators are a part of daily existence. During that entire time, I’ve had an elevator get stuck a grand total of once. Someone opened a small panel, pulled out what looked like a handset from an old rotary phone, and managed to get people dispatched to get us out. I was a little too distracted to ponder the technology involved then, and I haven’t had cause to think about it since. Decades of ignorant bliss were interrupted this week when the emergency intercom on my elevator—now just a speaker embedded in the elevator wall—tried to get my attention. Because it wanted to offer me a great bargain on some solar panels. After a brief, wonder-filled period when the Do Not Call Registry seemed Read the full article…

Every Nintendo Switch appears to contain a hidden copy of NES Golf [Updated]

On Saturday, the world may have gotten its first look at an NES game officially running on a Nintendo Switch. You might think the weird thing about this news is how long it has taken for Virtual Console support to come to the Switch. But this isn’t a Virtual Console story. Turns out, this is somehow weirder. Your Nintendo Switch may already have a fully playable NES game just sitting inside of it. Read 7 remaining paragraphs | Comments Read the full article…

The iPhone X’s notch is basically a Kinect

Sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly how fast technology is moving. “We put a man on the moon using the computing power of a handheld calculator,” as Richard Hendricks reminds us in Silicon Valley. In 2017, I use my pocket supercomputer of a phone to tweet with brands. But Apple’s iPhone X provides a nice little illustration of how sensor and processing technology has evolved in the past decade. In June 2009, Microsoft unveiled this: In September 2017, Apple put all that tech in this: Well, minus the tilt motor. Microsoft’s original Kinect hardware was powered by a little-known Israeli company called PrimeSense. PrimeSense pioneered the technology of projecting a grid of infrared dots onto a scene, then… Read the full article…

The 5 biggest myths about stock imagery in design

The words ‘stock imagery’ bring to mind cliches such as ‘Woman on telephone in call centre,’ ‘People shaking hands’ and ‘Man with furrowed brow in front of laptop.’ But is that all that stock libraries have to offer? It’s certainly the case that there are some poor stock images out there, not to mention poor uses of otherwise good quality photography. But that doesn’t mean that you should discount the very real strides stock libraries have made in recent years in creating high-quality imagery that can help bring your designs to life. Here we examine some of the biggest myths surrounding stock imagery, and why they’re just plain wrong… Myth 01: Stock photography lacks authenticity ‘Exercising with kettlebells gym’ by Ryan J Lane The overly polished, glossy and unrealistic stereotype of stock imagery is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Search for stock images today and you’ll find a Read the full article…

Upload founders apologize for ‘turmoil’ caused by their response to ‘kink room’ harassment lawsuit

On the heels of settling a sexual harassment lawsuit earlier this month, the founders of virtual reality startup Upload have broken their public silence with an apology for how they handled the issue. The lawsuit was filed in the spring and was settled earlier in September. However, it was apparently only as the New York Times was on the verge of publishing an extensive story about the lawsuit late last week that Upload cofounders wrote an “open letter.” “We want to apologize for the turmoil the past few months have caused. This has been an incredibly difficult time for our members and students in the LA and SF spaces, our partners, advisors, investors, the Upload team members, both past and present, and the community at large. As leaders of this organization, we let you down and we are sorry,” says the note, signed by CEO Taylor Freeman and president Will Mason. The lawsuit was Read the full article…

How Does Final Fantasy IV Stand Up Today?

As I approached Final Fantasy IV for the latest instalment of this series playthrough (read my impressions of Final Fantasy 1, 2 and 3), I realised it was the first of the pre-PlayStation era entries that I’ve had prior history with. I’ve started it three times over the years, absolutely adored its early premise, but then dropped it for something else a few hours in. That’s never been the game’s fault, exactly, just that I’d always started it in-between releases, then the next big game would drop and take priority. Read the full article…

Wizard House Escape is another point and click escape game created by Top10NewGames.

Wizard House Escape is another point and click escape game created by Top10NewGames. Assume you are trapped in Wizard House. You are going to escape from Wizard House.By Using objects, hints and solving puzzles. we hope you will escape from Wizard House.Good luck and keep playing Wizard House Escape #free #leaf2game #newescapegame #game #leaf2games #escapegame #newgames #androidgames #mobilegames #roomescape Read the full article…

Convert 3D ISO Files to 3D SBS Videos for Playing on VR Headsets

Q: “I have collected a lot of 3D ISO image files from 3D DVD discs, I am searching for a simple to play 3D ISO files on my VR Headset (Gear VR). Any suggestion? Thanks in advance.” Today’s VR headsets are affordable, impressive, fun, and phone-powered. So more and more users would like to enjoy vivid and sharp 3D videos, 360 videos in VR headset on the go. If you’re going to have one, you’d better have a look at which 3D video formats are supported by most VR headset. Samsung Gear VR: 3D SBS MP4/MKV Oculus Rift: SBS or TAB 3D Google Cardboard: SBS, Over/Under and Red-Cyan Anaglyph 3D Zeiss VR One: SBS 3D Actually, 3D ISO file (also known as ISO image file) is actually an “image” of entire DVD or Blu-ray Disc, which are not supported by most VR headsets. To play 3D ISO files on VR headset, you can convert your Read the full article…

Evocat Games announces their spanking new VR game, Nemesis Realms

The asymmetrical fighting game Nemesis Realms launches spring 2018 on Oculus Store and Steam. Additional platforms are likely to follow. Have you ever wanted to be the massive raid boss, smacking heroes around with your awesome powers? Nemesis Realms blends together classical boss battles and local fighting games, it’s the game where you get to be the boss. Be it a multi-headed dragon spewing fire or an arcane entity wielding the power to tear down worlds, Nemesis Realms got you covered! Nemesis Realms in action Grab your VR headset, throw your buddies some controllers and let the battle begin! In Nemesis Realms you hop into the shoes of a gigantic boss monster and face dashing heroes trying to save the day. The game is a local multiplayer where you duel 1v1 or invite up to four heroes to this fight for fame. Nemesis Realms features a familiar setting from its prequel, Nemesis Perspective, and Read the full article…

Exploring Virtual Reality

Vive. Oculus. Gear. Daydream. There’s been a huge surge in virtual reality technology for the past year with a huge emphasis in consumer headsets. I want to explore the different capabilities of this technology. Interest in VR has been steadily climbing since 2013, with a huge spike in interest in the last year. Educational Purposes VR has been adopted in different areas for teaching and the potential for desktop-based solutions provided VR environments at a reasonable cost is now possible with cheaper and more advanced VR solutions. There have been many research studies including ones where medical students use VR to view anatomy in different perspectives. Or flight students that utilize VR to navigate expensive air traffic systems in a more economical fashion. Art Form The Vive offers a program called Tiltbrush that was created by Google and allows the user to paint in 3D within different settings like in outer Read the full article…

Immersed in the Future

Virtual Reality has been the precursor for what is now being called Mixed Reality. Ideal dinner guests, the bold new frontiers of virtual reality and the controversies of A.I were discussed with Immersive Robotics founder, Tim Lucas, from his company’s sunny base in Brisbane, Australia. Tim Lucas is the co-founder of Immersive Robotics in Brisbane, Australia. So how did a West Australian boy wind up on the East Coast of Australia? Originally from Mullumbimbi in New South Wales, Australia, I moved to Perth, Western Australia as a child with what I can only describe as a nomadic family that moved between states and countries frequently. I always had a strong interest in technology, robotics and aircraft and often as a child would pull everything apart to figure out how it worked. I later extended this same interest to business, identifying it as an important force multiplier to get my ideas into Read the full article…

ABBA, of all people, are planning to tour as holograms

You’re probably guilty of knowing all the words to “Dancing Queen.” It’s why the Swedish pop group is planning a global tour, more than three decades after their last official tour before disbanding in 1982. But they won’t be there in person, despite reuniting for a performance in 2016 that no one managed to record. SEE ALSO: Meet the Kickstarter campaign that’s merging VR with the big screen Instead, they’ll be recreated into “digital avatars” for a virtual reality tour in 2019, something which was hinted on their Facebook page last October. This, despite all members of ABBA being very much alive. Read more… More about Entertainment, Music, Australia, Virtual Reality, and Vr Technorati Tags: immersive, mixed reality, mr, virtual reality, vr Read the full article…

Apple’s ARKit will innovate the everyday

GUEST: In today’s digital economy, we see a constant rotation of new, innovative technology emerging on the market. While some platforms are built exclusively for consumers, others are designed with an enterprise purpose in mind. The most powerful pieces of technology, however, do both. And augmented reality (AR) is the perfect example. Some of the biggest companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, have been making hefty investments in AR in recent years. The newest framework, Apple’s ARKit, will have perhaps the most profound impact yet. The software, which will be available to hundreds of millions of iPad and iPhone users, will enable them to create unparalleled virtual experiences. Soon, users will be able to seamlessly blend digital objects and information with their surrounding environments, redefining the way people conduct their everyday lives – whether it be through consumer apps or platforms designed to transform business processes. Bringing augmented reality Read the full article…

Apple’s AR quest begins with … poop

ANALYSIS: People who watch technology closely — especially those optimistic about VR and AR — are scratching their heads this week trying to understand how Apple “undersold” those features so significantly. At the Apple September Keynote, there was no mention of VR at all despite the iPhone X being the first device from Apple to use an OLED screen that would likely be ideal for completely immersive virtual worlds. And with AR, Apple showed its most advanced iPhone making use of its 2015 purchase of Faceshift. This technology enables intricate facial expressions to be transferred in real-time onto a cartoon character. Apple demonstrated it by animating poop and other emoji.   While it is easy to joke about this feature, I look forward to using it enormously. That said, iPhone X is too expensive for me at the moment, and at first glance the improvements over the more traditional iPhone Read the full article…

NTU RSIS Site Redesign Process

The design of the school’s website was not particularly memorable. Most of the initial comments from the user tests were that it felt boring and old-fashioned. This would not necessarily have been a bad thing?—?while it wasn’t flashy and visually attractive, its navigation was at first glance understandable and clear. This was good in my opinion, as I believed function to be more important than form. Unfortunately, the site failed even in the aspect that I believed to be most important. Following the content inventory of the site and the user tests, I determined three major issues. First, although visually and graphically it was easy to navigate, the information architecture underlying the site was not well done. It was all-too-easy to stumble into a sub-site by accident, with little cues that it had happened and even fewer cues on how to return without pressing the back button on the browser. Furthermore, while Read the full article…

Every Nintendo Switch appears to contain a hidden copy of NES Golf

On Saturday, the world may have gotten its first look at an NES game officially running on a Nintendo Switch. You might think the weird thing about this news is how long it has taken for Virtual Console support to come to the Switch. But this isn’t a Virtual Console story. Turns out, this is somehow weirder. Your Nintendo Switch may already have a fully playable NES game just sitting inside of it. Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments Read the full article…

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