Tag: Society of Simulations

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Society of Simulations

Of Outer Space and Virtual Spaces

Our relationship to the vastness of Cosmos is both of awe and anxiety. We are held in check – with our backs pressed against our very own piece of space-rock – whenever we attempt to comprehend the scale of the universe with our primate minds. Vast fields of void and nothing separate us, who are here, from whatever it is that lies out there. We take little peeks here and there, with robots and telescopes, and slowly we prepare and improve ourselves in order to tackle the massive undertaking that will be interstellar space-exploration.

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Society of Simulations

Explore Mars with NASA’s VR Experience

Exploring the surface of Mars at least 15 years before a human being in flesh and blood will be able to, this is the new ambitious idea of the people at NASA. To make this happen they teamed up with MIT in Boston and the media company Fusion to develop a VR application that allows the viewer to experience life on the Red Planet.

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Intimate Technology

Which Technologies will 2016 Bring?

The new year is right around the corner, let’s forget about long-term future for a while to check out what new tech trends will hit it big in 2016. At the end of every year, global design and strategy firm Frog predicts what technology trends will transform businesses in the coming year. In 2014 it was the rising of drones, augment reality and self-driving cars; while 2015 was the year of 3D printed meals, virtual currency and wearable devices. What tech trends in healthcare, education, lifestyle, communication and relationships will define our 2016? New year, new technologies; let’s take a look!

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Image Consumption

Virtual Reality Can Intensify Emotions

Virtual reality games are often on the spot for being responsible for alienation and health issues. Recently, researchers in Finland discovered that people’s reactions to 3D images of facial expressions are more emotional than the responses to classic 2D images, such as photographs, illustrations or videos.

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Intimate Technology

This Headset Will Widen Your View of Reality

PolyEyes 2.0 is an experimental project by London-based multi-disciplinary studio Interactive Architecture Lab. In this augmented reality helmet – and its very wide headset – we can find a Raspberry Pi Camera Module on each side of the head, able to rotate close to 180-degrees, allowing the wearers to see all around them without having to turn their head. This enables human beings to upgrade their vision to that of clumsy chameleons. The exotic animal has a 180-degrees vision thanks to its eyeballs, which can move independently of each other allowing them to have a wider perspective of reality.

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Society of Simulations

“The End”: a Virtual Opera Singer, Millions of Fans and the Meaning of Death

Sixteen-year-old Japanese singer Hatsune Miku grew in short time to a worldwide popstar. With her colourful appearance she counts millions of followers on social media, she collaborated with Pharrell Williams, opened Lady Gaga’s concerts and even appeared in car commercials. She was in the Netherlands last summer to perform in her very own opera The End. More precisely: the hard-disk containing her was.

Because she is not made of flesh and bones, she is an entirely digital hologram with a computer-generated voice. Nevertheless, the huge concerts of Miku that take place in the biggest stadiums of Japan are often sold out in the blink of an eye. Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans love her dance moves, her dress designed by Louis Vuitton, her characteristic blue hair and, above all, the sound of her voice.

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Society of Simulations

Solutions to Virtual Reality’s Big Problem

Virtual reality glasses come with a big limitation: motion sickness. The human eye just wasn’t built to look at screens this way, you see yourself riding a virtual roller coaster while your body doesn’t feel the movement. This mental discrepancy not only affect the believability of the VR-experience, it also leaves you nauseous, dizzy and suffering from headaches.

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Analogue vs Digital: Digital Mediated Experience

Can you resist the feeling of your smartphone in your pocket at a concert? Nowadays we collectively tend to record concerts and upload them on YouTube. The always-available camera in our pockets compels us to shoot photos and videos every minute a day. Are we afraid to miss a second, so that we can watch it afterwards? Or are we just preserving our memories? Sure you look cool on your social networks after posting a video of a nice band!

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game