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Comment Re:I knew it (Score 3, Interesting) 94

As a VR/AR researcher, I have to disagree. The two are similar technologies, but they have fundamentally different use cases. VR isn't "looking for a problem", the problems are all around. Any area where you want to do fully-immersive experiential training, for example (shock/trauma training on board a Navy vessel / Basic firearms training with any weapon and no risk of injury / cyber visualizations where traditional rules of distance don't always apply). In those cases, VR can often make more sense than AR (where sunlight, clutter, or room geometry may degrade the experience).

Is AR a superset of VR? From a technical standpoint, you could make that claim, but from a design standpoint, that's like saying a heads-up display is a superset of a television. Maybe true, but they're not really used for the same things.

The fact that AR is less likely to make someone motion sick is a great benefit to AR, but it also belies one of the underlying shortcomings as well: AR is not as fully as immersive as VR is right now (The degree of immersion in commodity hardware with a good room configuration is startling). It's unclear if AR ever will be, and if it is, will it just be because it blocks out the real-world?

Consider this:
If you're locally piloting a robot, AR is often more convenient because you can be aware of the robot in the context of your current surroundings. However, when remotely piloting a robot, it's often preferable to get the increased situational awareness from the robot's perspective.

Humans can only pay attention to so many things. Ultimately, it comes down to the design and purpose of communication.

Comment Depends on your space (Score 1) 141

For some background:
I lead an Augmented and Virtual Reality community of practice. As such, I've developed for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Microsoft Hololens, and Google Cardboard (I haven't gotten to Daydream yet). I've used OSVR and PSVR, though I haven't developed for them. Here's my current breakdown:

HTC Vive is likely best-of-breed VR tech at this moment (more on this later). If you have a fairly large space (15+ square feet), it has a better tracking system, though it does at time have foibles. The cords can be a pain, though there are new products out to help deal with the cord issue, the price really starts to add up.

Oculus Rift is a very capable system, and is not to be ignored. For standing setups up to about 15 square feet or so, it's often my preference. The touch controllers are more ergonomic than the Vive wands. It seems to lose tracking more often than the Vive (especially in larger areas), though I haven't done extensive tests to fully characterize what conditions this is the case.

Both have good "starter" catalogs of content. Not many exclusives (and sometimes you can break through the exclusivity with tools such as ReVive).

PSVR is a nice starter, but isn't as full featured as the PC VR headsets.

OSVR has some promise. There's certainly industry interest... Thus far everything looks a bit rough around the edges though. There are games on Steam that will run on OSVR, so it's not a total open-source wasteland. They seem to be off to a good start, but are trailing the "big" players right now. This is for those who want to tinker / experiment, or have open-source running through their veins.

For Augmented Reality, everyone is months, if not years, behind the Microsoft Hololens. That is, however, a VERY expensive device, and isn't really for entertainment like the other systems. Look into it, but don't buy unless you're really sure that's what you want.

What's coming up????

Microsoft is positioning themselves to make some big announcements about Windows Holographic sometime soon. They've already partnered with companies such as Dell and Lenovo to build new VR headsets. Looks like they're structuring things much like how Google does Android: Some first-party hardware, but open so third parties can build too.

Apple looks to be going toward Augmented Reality. I know they've been hiring some high-power counterparts at other organizations (they just made a hire from the Jet Propulsion Lab).

Comment Re:I've forgotten too (Score 1) 301

I'm with you... I pay for Pandora, which gets rid of those ads. I don't watch much TV, so Netflix provides more content than I'll be able to watch... And frankly, any time I turn on the radio or tune into a major sporting event on TV, I find the ads awful and grating. That $12 / month for those two services, versus the $150+ / month for cable? My life is better without commercials. Oh, and when my children spend an extended period of time at my house, and so they're not asking for the XYZ they saw advertised at their mom's? It's awesome.

Comment Simply put... (Score 1) 165

Malware is software I don't want it on my machine and cannot uninstall easily.

"Easily", in this case, being using the mechanism appropriate for that particular OS. Uninstall a program dialog / apt-get uninstall / whatever.

That's it. Crap I don't want, and can't get rid of easily. Yes, that means I may call IE is malware (it increases surface attack area on my machine, and I cannot remove it), while someone else does not.


Comment Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 2) 477

I could see busses going away almost entirely... Or I could also see the car taking me to a park & ride, drop me off, have the bus pick me up, and again on the other side... and as you said, the last mile is solved. I could see the car loading itself onto a car carrier, and that carrier going somewhere. I could see automatic carpooling services, where if we were going to the same concert, and you were near my route to the venue, that it'd automatically pick you up along the way. There are so many possibilities there's no way I can really form through conjecture.

Comment Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 4, Informative) 477

The handicapped, elderly, and young who are currently limited in terms of autonomy will have much better access to the world outside their home.
Every car could become an ambulance
Car ownership will take on looser terms: If I'm going to bed now, and won't need the car until morning, why can't it act as a taxi? If many people have idle cars acting as taxis, why do I need a car?
What effect with this have on mass transit?

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