Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Narita Boy : Travel across dimensional planes in this retro-futuristic pixel game

During 2016, I was pondering a game idea, potentially using VR or AR about travelling about in a multi-dimensional universe.  As is always true, my concept & vision was set very very high - I had the vision, but lacked the skills & tooling to make it happen.  I got hold of Unity and UnrealEngine, took some courses on how to make basic things using C# and C++ for either engine, then....well, then work/work took a higher priority... isn't that always the way?  I see it more of a "delay it" than a "drop it", I will come back to my vision some time soon.....

...and then I noticed this little gem on KickStarter.  The vision sounds familiar, very familiar - there must have been something floating around the ether during 2016 that a few of us tuned into.  Well, I bow down to "Ed" for finding the time, having the patience and having access to a group of skilled people to help him with his vision.  I also love the 80s pixel approach.

Have I backed it?  Sure have!  "If" it actually happens, they are looking at a Dec 2018 release time, hey, by then, I may have actually had time to make some progress of my own - unless "other non-work things" manage to distract me along the way....

Narita Boy : Travel across dimensional planes in this retro-futuristic pixel game:

Thursday, 16 February 2017

IBM Watson opens $200 million IoT headquarters in Munich

Well, seeing as I spent quite a bit of time there last year, seems right to post the official news:

"Some clients will be a permanent fixture at IBM offices in Munich. BMW employees will work at the new center to place Watson voice control into cars and explore ways to create personalized experiences."

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Experience macOS in Virtual Reality

VR Desktop is an app for Mac that enables you to use a VR headset such as the Oculus Rift to interact with macOS in a Virtual Desktop Environment.

With VR Desktop, users can work, game, or otherwise interact with their Mac while using a VR headset. You can load up custom virtual environments such as a Desk or Space scene, and create virtual screens for maximising productivity.
There’s been many naysayers ruling out Mac as a VR platform. We’re here to prove that Macs are capable of useful VR applications. VR Desktop works on modern Macs with discrete graphics cards.
VR Desktop is compatible with Oculus Rift DK2 and macOS 10.11 and later.  We are targeting Oculus Rift CV1 and HTC Vive support as soon as those devices support the Mac platform. Our sources tells us that HTC will be adding Mac support for Vive in Q1/Q2.

Might be about time to dig out the Oculus Rift that is still boxed up under my desk and give it some use?

Thursday, 2 February 2017

It's all about Perspective

This is where the "magic" happens....well, when I'm not doing the above in various hotels....

You can look at it like this:

or, you can look at it like that:

and now that "work/work" has finished...time to put on some music and have some fun (you might have noticed some things have moved around) [full panoramic this time]:

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Fitting a replacement UMD drive for a PSP 2003

On my retro-month journey, as I mentioned previously, I found a drawer with a broken PSP 1000, a working PSP 1003 and a couple of games.

I purchased a new PSU for the PSP 1003 device and a new higher capacity battery, when they arrived, I juiced them up and the PSP 1003 fire up and worked a treat.  I even managed to get it connected to the WiFi (albeit to the "guest network" as it needs to have security turned off).
I downloaded the latest firmware, rebooted and it works great.

Then, whilst wandering through town over the weekend, I noticed a couple of PSP 2003 devices in one of those cash convertor shop windows.  Whilst the missus was in the "knitting shop", I popped in asked to have a look.  Naturally, it had no PSU and no UMDs to test it.  For £15 I thought I'd take a gamble.... it looked to be in relatively good condition, no damage anywhere and the screen and buttons all felt pretty non-abused.

I got home, plugged in the PSU and charged up the battery.  It booted up, things were looking good.  I put a UMD didn't make any whirring noises (as it should) and then reported it couldn't read the disc.  I tried a few more.  Then the reality sunk in.  The UMD drive was broken.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Minidisc from a Mac

You have a laptop Mac.  You have a portable MiniDisc player.  You want the two to work together.  How on earth do you go about it?   Read on......