That 'reality' thing was overrated anyway

posted in 3D by Cargo Cult on Tuesday April 5 2016

Something I've been busy with for a while is finally released:

A glimpse of the future.

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I've been using the HTC Vive (from dodgy 3D-printed prototypes onwards) for over a year now, and it still feels like magic. Science fiction looks staid by comparison. Being able to effortlessly walk around - and interact with - another world, be it imagined or captured, using consumer hardware? Wow. Don't just look at it as a gaming platform - this is something new entirely. It's hacking the human senses into believing the impossible.

May contain glimpses of previously seen imagery!

Edit 2016-04-06: snippets also appear in the closing credits of BBC 2's Newsnight for the 6th April. Shitting crikey. I suspect Auntie likes stuff wot I do.

2016-03-22

posted in General by Cargo Cult on Tuesday March 22 2016

Solidarity

Get your arse to Mars

posted in Space by Cargo Cult on Friday November 6 2015

Another one of my side-projects went out of control, this time becoming part of a temporary exhibit for the Museum of Flight's Spacefest event.

Disclaimer: Our HMDs are not hermetically sealed against near-vacuum.

Walk around on a huge, life-sized tract of Martian terrain built from raw Curiosity navigation camera images using my photogrammetry techniques. Then, get a majestic overview of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko before teleporting down on to its surface, using a super-high-resolution version of Mattias Malmer's comet nucleus shapemodel constructed from Rosetta imagery. Finally, to round it all off - have a quick go with Tilt Brush, a 3D sketching program.

I have now personally put many members of the general public into space. Giving VR demos is fantastic. To anyone thinking it's just a fad, and will wilt away like 3DTV did - you should see how people respond.

It runs for the next few days. Hurry hurry hurry! I'm not sure how the ticketing works, but beyond entry to the museum it's free and you don't have to book in advance.

That's no Moon!

posted in Media by Cargo Cult on Thursday October 29 2015

The Last Man, a short(-ish) film from Gavin Rothery, art director bloke for Moon.

Goes well with the dismal Seattle weather.

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Having a lovely day? All bright and cheerful? Destroy it all with this great piece of post-apocalyptic horror.

In other news, experience three minutes on Mars - which I may have had something to do with.

Teleportation, today

posted in 3D by Cargo Cult on Friday September 25 2015

Who needs a holodeck?

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Fellow adventurer in photogrammetry David Finsterwalder has recorded a video of my scanned scenes as uploaded to Steam. The first two are office scans (while he merely gets the remote experience, the second can also be run aligned with the actual demo room for a suitably brain-bending tactile experience) while the third is Iceland.

A certain photo caption is looking suspiciously prophetic.