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Comment VR is where it's at. AR is going to flop. (Score 1) 151

First off, anyone who has tried a Vive gets blown away. Even the stupid demo applications are hella impressive. When you play something like Project CARS or DCS, it's very difficult to communicate how real the depth is, and how immersive the full room simulation and tracking makes the experience.

Second, it's not just gamers and technical people. My wife, who never has expressed any interest in any video game ever, is bugging me to get the wireless adapter so she can play Holopoint more. Which she routinely plays until she can't move, and Holopoint is a pretty basic game. I pay attention when there are technologies she looks to use; I imagine others do as well.

Third, the average price of most Vive games on the Steam store is under $5. This is impressive, given that there are probably only 500k Vive units out there.

AR requires you to wear stupid headsets in public. Outside of specialty professional engagements, until you get AR on a contact lens, this is never, ever, ever going to go into the mass market. AR and 3D TV are much closer in terms of the market problems. The gateway to AR is going to be your smartphone.

VR requires a stupid headset but literally puts you in your own world.

VR, and the Vive specifically, is one of the few technologies that has left me awestuck. The first time that happened was when I figured out how to use my 300 baud modem. The second time was when I got my hands on an internet connected VMS VAX. This was the third.

Interesting times. If you're a doubter try a Vive on a well equipped PC.

Comment I might jump to the next Surface (Score 1) 313

It's gotten good; the pencil on the iPad Pro is something I've waited a very long time for, if Microsoft can get it's performance close I'll probably go. I need a real computer and iOS is horribly handicapped (no xcode). The surface has a real keyboard, the iPad pro is a silicone joke.

OS wise,it matters less than it used to; I don't care, and I always have to have a windows machine for any type of 3D work,modelling, or VR.

This is how the system is supposed to work.. competition.

Here's hoping Apple gets it together. I love my phone, but it seems Apple is now a phone company and not a computer company. They don't have a single computer that can even pretend to run a virtual reality setup.

Dumb. Apple the Phone Company. That's what has happened. Sad.

Comment Voice apps are stupid (Score 2) 210

Voice to text is handy in a bunch of situations now. Mostly when I want to send someone a message when I'm walking or typing. It's sort of neat for appointments, and I use it all the time for setting a timer. ..on my phone.

Screens and keyboards, or touch devices, are remarkably effective at conveying large amounts of information almost instantly. Voice is not an efficient medium. Do you know why people hate voicemail? Because it's slow and ineffective.

Voice apps will be the next 3DTV, which should have been clear to everyone wasn't going anywhere. If you have to put on goggles, it might as well be a VR headset..

In the meantime, I can order from Amazon from my tablet in a few seconds, deal with issues and confirmations, while I'm watching Netflix on my 65" regular 2D TV.

Comment Re:Why do they keep doing this? (Score 5, Insightful) 150

Why is this still complex for people after 15+ years? Google's business is selling ads to an audience made captive by "free" email and search (I include Maps here) paid for by the privacy of that audience. The rest of what they do is wanking because they have more money than they know what to do with, the incremental info they get from most of these projects is nil. Google "strategy" these days is to make an inferior copy of other people's ideas, try to leverage their captive audience by strong-arming them and then failing anyway. People have been ripping on Apple lately, but Google is in exactly the same "no-innovation" spiral. They are ripe for disruption, it is only a matter of time.

Comment Other blockchains are more interesting (Score 1) 296

e.g. Ethereum.

The shady exchanges are the problem with all of the cryptocurrencies. The biggest asset would be a very easy way to facilitate a micropayment via bitcoin; the current exchange mechanisms make this hard or impossible for average folks.

Ultimately a blockchain (and the resulting currency) will need to be backed by a nation state to have validity. Political notions aside, that's when things will get interesting. If Bitcoin ever gained any traction it will be put down by force.

Other blockchains provide easier ability to develop applications and thus provide real utility, and the concept of putting a value on distributed hash calculation to actually do interesting things is a neat one.

One thing has been validated by Bitcoin, however - the concept works.

Comment Compellng reason absent (Score 1) 84

AR ala Hololens will fail while you need to put on clunky anything. There's a compelling reason to do so if you're playing a game, or using a work application, but for everyday use there is no compelling reason for this technology over the utility offered by your phone. Add the batman factor concerns and yet another thing needing a battery charge and you're into a product nobody wants and will fail.

VR has a compelling reason. The games are badass. But you're not going to wear it around. AR ala Hololens is basically a VR visor you see through.

This technology will get compelling if you combine it with a contact lens and wireless power, but we're into science fiction at the moment as far as that is concerned. Theoretically possible but a long way from being realized let alone mass produced.

My $0.02, but I've seen the pattern before.

Comment It's the controller, stupid (Score 2) 221

If they'd make a nintendo-branded bluetooth dpad and holder we wouldn't be having this conversation, it would be a conversation about how much money they're making.

Touchscreens aren't everything. Humans have fingers. D-pad is brilliant. Stop drinking the Ive kool-aid. Poor Mario.

Oh, and make some more of those NES classics. Stupid nintendo. I'd have bought at least 5 of them if they were available. I got a knockoff chinese USB d-pad clone instead.

Comment More to do with dismal futures and performance (Score 3) 263

By this metric, I "divested" myself last year of a substantial amount of energy sector stocks and reallocated to "green" electric utilities.

What actually happened is the price of oil tanked, there's no limit on supply, the floor went out on the returns and there is no sign of a rise in price in the futures markets.

I'll be more impressed if this trend continues when oil goes on the upswing after growth in consumption rebalances with supply glut. I've got $0.02cdn on this "trend" fast reversing if that's the case - and my $0.02 isn't worth what it was a few years ago for the same reason.

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