Epic Virtual Reality Experiences at Tribeca Film Festival #VR
Last months Tribeca Film Festival had a sampling of VR and MR experiences offered. Blackout – virtual reality commute on the New York City subway was once of them! Via Forbes
Blackout is a Mixed Reality (MR) New York subway ride, created a by Brooklyn based start up, Scatter. Blackout uses a volumetric method of photographing someone from different angles simultaneously to create a 3D photo-realistic avatar (albeit heavily pixillated) of a human being, in this case sitting on a train. You enter a room which has floor to ceiling poles in it, like you might see in a real subway car.
Wearing a Vive headset and using its room scale roaming feature you can move around the car. When you reach out for a pole you see in the digital world, you touch a real pole. It’s a very cool, convincing illusion. There are six people on the train. They cannot see or hear you, as if you were a ghost. As you near one of them, you hear their thoughts in their own words, a steam of consciousness internal dialog recorded in thirty minute interviews with the participants. The train doors open, and you get off on what appears to be a real platform. It is one of the most compelling MR – or VR – experiences I’ve ever had.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.