Articles tagged with: virtual reality
Japan is a land of myriad wonders. A technological smorgasbord. The great minds that brought us karaoke, MSG and Hayabusa also conjured up the laser disk, MD and Virtual Boy. The next frontier for Japan’s electronics community seems to be head-mounted displays. (I’m sure the product development team at Sony pitched it something like, “Virtual Boy wasn’t a conceptual failure, it was the implementation dummy!”) So, if you go down to your local Yodobashi Camera right now you can try out two nifty head displays.
The two offerings available to date …
RePro3D is a naked eye, multi-perspective 3D display that allows users to “touch” 3D characters. Using an infra-red sensor, the system recognizes the position of the user’s finger and the displayed 3D character responds to the virtual contact. The group is also working on a device worn on the finger that simulates for the user, the sensation of touching something when the character is poked.
What are the possible uses of this technology? According to Keitaro Shimizu of Keio University:
“There are many attractive characters in animations and games, but since those …
Check out the Immersive Digital Entertainment system, a setup with a head mounted display (HMD) that allows users to experience a full 360 degree interactive experience. The HMD imagine is rendered in real-time and corresponds to the user’s movement by using high definition motion capture cameras. System makers Crescent hope that their creation will be used in the entertainment industry, giving users a chance to experience technology usually used in Hollywood and in the fields of medicine and industrial design. Below is a cool video of it in action. But …
They say the best things in life are free, like hugs. But in case there’s no one around to give you one, then you can do it yourself… and it’s going to cost you around $2500. It’s called Sense-Roid, this demo consisted of a dummy and a vest worn by the user. Hugs and touches detected by the dummy’s sensors are re-created as the same sensation in the user’s vest by vibrators and feedback motors. So the machine lets you know what your hugs feel like.
Besides the obvious applications …
3D Headset Prototype
At CES 2011, Sony showed-off a futuristic prototype for a 3D headset. It has two 720p HD OLED displays, one for each eye. The headset can be calibrated for each users’ unique viewing preference. More at GizMag.
Robo Dinosaur Security
If you don’t like dogs but you still need a pet to watch the house while you’re gone, then you should get one of these robot dinosaurs. The respond to voice commands and can also be controlled via cellphone. The robots also have a camera so you can take pictures …
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These Kinect hacks coming out keep blowing my mind. Here is Japanese YouTube user hogehoge335 demonstrating his heroic transformation into Ultra Seven, a version of the popular super hero Utraman. Watch Hogehoge don the Ultra suit, shoot energy beams at real objects and even fly.
It would have been cool if the entire suit was 3D, but this is pure awesome. Agent 340 would be impressed.
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Faking Touch Sensation
Waseda University is working on a device that uses visual stimuli to trick the brain into thinking its receiving tactile sensations that don’t actually exist. It works like this.
“To create an illusion, first, the hand is actually given a tactile stimulus. In time with that, a video showing receipt of the tactile stimulus is presented. Then the stimulus to the hand is stopped, the motion is stopped. But on screen, the object giving the stimulus continues to move. So user feels that the tactile stimulus, which should have …
A dark shipping container that actually turns out to be an intercontinental and inter-dimensional train. This was the University of Tokyo’s virtual reality installation at Tokyo Designers Week 2010.
The inside of the shipping container was designed to look like a train car. The windows were actually ten displays showing train travel scenery from countries all over the world. This setup was done by using ten PCs connected by a server. They controlled the ten different window displays; five for each side. The image shown through the windows on one side …