It was a pretty fun week as my focused was changed to VR momentarily. I picked up a headset that is also good to use with AR and spent a lot of time downloading random apps.
Augmented Reality Puts the Magic in ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Cards
This was really awesome to see. In the beginning of my AR idea list, Magic the Gathering took top of it. The concept seemed simple to have stats pop out and somehow mix with each other. This news article shows just some simple tricks, like video and what appears to be language changing, which is great for those who came across foreign cards but would really like to read them.
This was the headset I picked up for only $14.99 on sale at Microcenter. You can click on the link above for Amazon who has it currently for $29.99, but if you’re anywhere near a Microcenter and love going there, go check it out to see if it’s still on the cheap!
Clouds over Sidra
“Meet Sidra. This charming 12-year-old girl will guide you through her temporary home: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Zaatari is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, and children make up half the camp’s population. In this lyrical VR film, Sidra leads you through her daily life: Eating, sleeping, learning and playing in the vast desert city of tents.”
This being my first official video in full VR, I was hooked! This will forever be the one I compare all things too since it’s that first video on a headset.
This is the first thing I found on the app store when I got my headset. I always wanted to go on roller coasters, but after a few times, I had to stop because i’m just not a roller coaster guy. I wouldn’t say this is the best app, but it’s what I tried. I kept freezing and the quality was very poor.
Ready Player One
After reading the book, I was excited to finally watch this movie on Blu-Ray. While it doesn’t stay fully true to the book, the entire concept is there and it does a pretty decent job of at least keeping things together.
That’s all for this week. Make sure to check back throughout the week for any random posts and until next week, see ya!
It feels like a lot of stuff has happened in the past week with injuries and everything. I’ve finished the book “Common Sense, the Turing Test, and the Quest for Real AI” and it turned out to be a pretty interesting read. I wasn’t sure what I was hoping for in reading it, but I came out with some new ideas. I’ve also dove more into the Udemy course by Diego Herrera called “Discover Voice Controlled AR Apps”. In It I did a quick 10 minute Unity / Vuforia demo where it was essentially creating a scene that used my webcam as I raise my phone to show a picture of a Lamborghini. The screen would then show a 3D lambo I placed on it. Old and boring to most, but fascinating to me! My screen came out all janky when trying to screen record it, so I’m looking more into OBS to figure out the issue.
Anyways, here’s some random resources I came across this past week, hope you enjoy!
I just found this site today looking for AR news. There’s tons of sources I use for web design and development, but being new to the space I had no idea where to go for AR stuff. If there’s any AR or related sites out there such as VR, then please let me know!
Unity 2018.2 Is Out
I meant to post this last week but forgot, but it’s worth downloading the latest and greatest if you’re new like me.
To go with the Udemy course I been doing, there’s a portion of the course to teach that says it’ll teach Machine Learning. It’s most likely on a small scale, but I decided to check out the subject matter with a few books that I plan on reading, this time with affiliates!
I feel like I’m not 100% sure on what goes into an AR resource post. If there’s something glaring that I’m just flat out missing or a particular focus, then let me know! I’m also not sure exactly what to call this weekly round up of AR related things I find. It feels like it’s just missing the point for a serious AR post or something. I’ll possibly come up with some tester names over the next few weeks to see what works best.