Oculus Rift and Omni Treadmill, Gaming of the Future!

Friends, Wondergressivers, Gamers. The future looks very bright for us all! 720p virtual reality bright. Oculus Rift and Omni Treadmill are paving the way for exciting future developments in games and virtual reality.

Both Oculus Rift and Omni Treadmill started on Kickstarter where the projects were eagerly accepted! The gaming community said YES and the projects exceeded the funding that the companies expected, allowing for the projects to fly into full development. I am getting ahead of myself though, let us explore each individual item before we begin to experience both together!

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Before we can begin to walk, let us open up our eyes and experience the world around us. Oculus Rift consists of virtual reality goggles that will bring high definition sight to your gamer eyes! Yes,they will open the door to that which we have dreamed of since we first played pong. It is finally coming, the gaming era we have all been waiting for. Although it is still in its beta (testing) stages, and mostly useful to developers, the Oculus Rift can be expected to fully open up the role playing world of Skyrim, enhance your first person shooter sensations when playing Call of Duty, and immerse you in your strategy as you micro manage your troops in Starcraft. Units misbehaving? Get up close and in their face as you dictate new commands. Characters need resurrecting? Finally a way to spot the corpse without trying to click on the pixel stuck between the mountain of characters destroyed in a raid. You know it well WoW players.

While still in development stages, it comes compatible with only a few games and is specifically dedicated to a computer. The price tag is set at $300 which isn’t too steep, but since it is still in developmental stages it may drop or rise depending on demand and how much more it is augmented.

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Now that we are used to the light and we understand the world, let us begin crawling. Or rather, let’s skip the crawling and begin walking in virtual reality! Omni Treadmill helps take the virtual reality experience one step further by giving gamers the ability to not only percieve the virtual world, but also the ability to roam in it!

Let us suppose that you are playing a competitive first person shooter. Wouldn’t that shooter become more intense and more fun if you were able to walk and run in the game by the use of your feet rather than by the use of a gamepad? Of course it would! We gamers thrive off of the competitive edge, the rush of the kill streak, the rhythmic pulse of our heartbeats syncing up with the beat of the rat-tat-tat of our semi automatic as we spray and pray our bullets onto incoming bogies. A treadmill to release the intense rush and to fuel the competitive strategic play. Oh what fun!

What’s more, the developers behind this are very gaming community minded! I simply love developers like this. Their goals are to make the gaming world better, to create a new idea that will explode into a million other new ideas. Reference Omni’s motto:

The Omni is the first omni treadmill that is focused on the household consumer and achieves three objectives: being affordable to household consumers, fitting in a living room, and above all, enabling the user to walk freely and naturally, as he or she would in real life.

For $500 you can purchase the Omni Treadmill, packaged with the shoes, the belt, and hardware/software needed, all of which is set to be released March 2014.

For more on Omni, check out the video below! I am sure that this will one day be standing in my living room. I am willing to accumulate much debt for something like this!

 

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What endless possibilities, what endless worlds to explore, what endless things to experience. And why not, there is a lot of good that can come from these developments as well! Terminal cancer patients can travel the world in their household, people in wheelchairs can walk again even if only virtually, and most importantly, those disabled may now have a chance to experience the world as others do! Apart from all the different benefits, it still is amazing and super exciting the direction the gaming world is heading in!

Cheers to the future!

Research:
Oculus Rift

Omni Treadmill

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Skyrim

Starcraft 2

Call of Duty

World of Warcraft

Wondergressive: Substitutional Reality Helmet

Wondergressive: 3D? Let’s Go One More! 4D!

Wondergressive: Augmented Reality Blows My Mind – Twice

Scientists Develop 3D Printer Capable of Printing Cartilage That Works!

3D printing cartilage

http://www.modulab.ro It’s not so hard printing cartilage

If you haven’t heard about 3D printing, you are in for a mind boggling surprise.  Now, researchers have taken the realm of 3D printing a whole giant leap further; they have successfully tried printing cartilage. Scientists and engineers have been developing 3D printers for a while now, with companies using them to create tools, three-dimensional diagrams, or spare parts.  There are a variety of inks used in 3D printing and human tissue is now being experimented with.

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The 3D printing industry is only just beginning, and it is seeing exponential growth through the two main companies that hold nearly all of the patents and profits thus far; 3D Systems Corporation, and Stratasys, Inc. These two companies are on the edge of some very exciting technological developments.

The 3D tissue printer is a mix of a traditional ink jet printer and an electrospinning machine. The printed tissue seems very promising as it was:

“tested on mice and after eight weeks it had developed the structures and properties of real cartilage, demonstrating its potential use in humans.”

In the future, researchers say clinicians could develop cartilage specific to the needs of patients. For instance, an MRI scan of the body part, such as the knee, would provide a sort of blueprint and then matching cartilage could be created. Researchers are speculating that doctors in the future will have the ability of creating tissue and printing cartilage tailored to individuals so that it will be accepted into the body quicker.

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They could use MRIs or other imaging devices to create a blue print and then head to the printer to easily print off some new tissue for their patients. Printing cartilage is just the first step in personally tailored 3D printing for medicinal purposes. The possibilities of 3D printing are endless. This technology will change the future of the world and they way that economies work. Why buy something when you can print it at home? The future looks good.

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O brave new world!

 

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3D Printer

Youtube- National Geographic Known Universe S03E06 Print Tools

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IOP Science- Hybrid printing of mechanically and biologically improved constructs for cartilage tissue engineering applications

The Star- Scientists develop 3D tissue printer that prints cartilage

Cyborg Lobsters Power a Digital Watch

Clarkson University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine have found a new source of renewable energy: lobsters.

Electrodes connected to the abdomens of the lobsters convert flowing glucose into electricity and provide power for as long as the lobsters live, which could, especially in a controlled setting, be over 100 years.  (Click on that link to read about animals that are close to being immortal, and some that actually are).

Looks like our quest to find an alternate and sustainable source of renewable energy is complete. I call upon cyborg lobsters to lead us out of our energy plight, hordes upon endless hordes of cyborg lobsters.

 

Sources:

Grist- Scientists create digital watch powered by cyborg lobsters

Tree Hugger- Cyborg Lobsters Could Produce Electricity for Bio-Medical Applications

BBC Nature- Nature’s guide to immortality

Developmental Biology- Cheating Death The Immortal Life Cycle of Turritopsis

Kid Allergic to Everything, Attends School Via a Mobile Robot

Devon Carrow’s allergies are so severe that simply being around other children can be life threatening.  He spends nearly all of his time in isolation, and subsists on a diet of corn, apples and carrots.  And yet, he attends school every single day.

Devon sends a robot to school equipped with HD cameras and other useful gizmos in his place.  His robot is called a roboswot, or a VGO robot, and it is designed to allow Devon to go to school without actually, you know, dying. The robot costs approximately $6000 dollars and an additional $1200 per year for routine maintenance, which is still far less than, say, university tuition.

The roboswot allows Devon to interact with his class mates, move from classroom to classroom, and even comes equipped with an LED light that he can use in place of raising his hand.

Devon might be allergic to life, but according to his mom,

he’s required to do everything every other kid does in the class

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/devon-carrow-robot-school_n_1942802.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/19830587

http://www.vgocom.com/sites/default/files/vgo_press_faq_v0712.pdf

New Zealand Hobbit Coins are Legal Tender

New Zealand has begun to distribute gold coins with Dwarvish and English inscriptions depicting pictures of various Tolkien characters in anticipation for the first installation of the new Hobbit Movie.

Most of the coins have a retail value of $3027 but are only worth $10 at face value.  They are also offering $1 coins worth just over $29.

I’m confident all true Tolkien fans will be investing in these invaluable treasures and heading to the Prancing Pony for some quality belligerence.