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For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone 5

Posted by timothy
from the watch-movies-on-the-plane dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Not everyone can drop a few hundred dollars on a VR headset, but that doesn't mean they can't experience VR! For those with the time and a bit of handiwork skill, this DIY guide from guest writer Ohaple will show you how to make a smartphone-based VR headset for as little as $20. Along the way, you'll learn the hardware and software basics of a VR headset." This project screams for a ready-made commercial version; does anyone know of existing purpose-built headgear? As one of the comments on the linked tutorial says, Poppy seems close, but lacks an LED for tracking.

+ - Russia Writes Off 90 Percent Of North Korea Debt->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "In Russia, the State Duma lower house on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to write off the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of Sept. 17, 2012. Russia sees this lucrative in advancing the plans to build a gas pipe and railroad through North to South Korea. The rest of the debt, $1.09 billion, would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal installments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by North Korea will be managed by Russia's state development bank, Vnesheconombank. Moscow has been trying to diversify its energy sales to Asia away from Europe, which, in its turn, wants to cut its dependence on oil and gas from the erstwhile Cold War foe. Russia's state-owned top natural producer Gazprom is dreaming shipping 10 billion cubic meters of gas annually through the Koreas. Russia has written off debts to a number of impoverished Soviet-era allies, including Cuba. North Korea's struggling communist economy is just 2 percent of the size of neighboring South's."
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Comment: Of course you did (Score 1) 172

by dbIII (#46793811) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

I never used the word explosion

What? The entire reason I got on this thread to be "corrected" was this text of yours.

If you built a car engine that delivered power by causing fuel to explode

Then for another thing, your pet word for the day is on this page - please learn that it is a form of explosion instead of your personal definition.
http://www.exponent.com/explos...

Don't accuse me of poor reading comprehension just because you have written something different to what you wished in hindsight.

Data Storage

Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa 36

Posted by timothy
from the plenty-of-ethanol-to-go-around dept.
1sockchuck (826398) writes "Microsoft will invest $1.1 billion to build a massive new server farm in Iowa, not far from an existing data center in West Des Moines. The 1.2 million square foot campus will be one of the biggest in the history of the data center industry. It further enhances Iowa's status as the data center capital of the Midwest, with Google and Facebook also operating huge server farms in the state."
AI

DARPA Developing the Ultimate Auto-Pilot Software 29

Posted by timothy
from the have-they-not-seen-airplanes-1-or-2? dept.
coondoggie (973519) writes "Call it the ultimate auto-pilot — an automated system that can help take care of all phases of aircraft flight-even perhaps helping pilots overcome system failures in-flight. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will in May detail a new program called Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) that would build upon what the agency called the considerable advances that have been made in aircraft automation systems over the past 50 years, as well as the advances made in remotely piloted aircraft automation, to help reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance and improve aircraft safety."

+ - Build a Smartphone VR Headset That Plays Oculus Rift Games and More for $20->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Not everyone can drop a few hundred dollars on a VR headset, but that doesn’t mean they can’t experience VR! For those with the time and a bit of handiwork skill, this DIY guide from guest writer Ohaple will show you how to make a smartphone-based VR headset for as little as $20. Along the way, you’ll learn the hardware and software basics of a VR headset."
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Comment: The Edsel effect (Score 1) 306

by dbIII (#46793479) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown
Detroit industries went from being run by the competent to being run by the relatives of the competent. To top it off it became the playground of MBAs replacing technical management, and considered itself to have too good a reputation to every have to worry about the likes of Toyota. When a slightly tweaked version of a 1938 German car was vastly more technologically advanced than their product they didn't react, and their sheer size and inertia was the only thing that stopped Detroit being a ghost town in the 1960s.
Silicon Valley doesn't quite have that problem yet - apart from disasters in progress like HP of course.

+ - DARPA developing the ultimate auto-pilot software->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Call it the ultimate auto-pilot — an automated system that can help take care of all phases of aircraft flight-even perhaps helping pilots overcome system failures in-flight. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will in May detail a new program called Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) that would build upon what the agency called the considerable advances that have been made in aircraft automation systems over the past 50 years, as well as the advances made in remotely piloted aircraft automation, to help reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance and improve aircraft safety."
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Comment: Let's fix that sillyness (Score 1) 251

by dbIII (#46793455) Attached to: VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email
Climate science IS about questioning what is going on. Denial is about having a fixed idea and trying to prevent the climate scientists from doing observations that challenge the "the world has never changed since creation" propaganda from the Merchants in Temples.
Funny how those same merchants call science a "religion" - probably because they can't tell the difference between a Church and Amway themselves.

Nondeterminism means never having to say you are wrong.

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