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My Neighbor Totoro In Virtual Reality 45

An anonymous reader writes "Nick Pitton, the developer behind the Spirited Away Boiler Room VR experience, has released his second project: the bus stop scene from Studio Ghibli's famous movie My Neighbor Totoro, once again in virtual reality for the Oculus Rift. Pittom 'hand-painted' the textures in Photoshop to recreated the painted-background feel of the movie. For the characters (Totoro and the Catbus) he used a cel-shaded approached to approximate the animated look from the movie. For his next project, he plans to recreate the ship and characters from the acclaimed anime Cowboy Bebop."

Comment Re:Please (Score 1) 947

Judging by the image results on searching his name, Andy Pruitt does wear a helmet. Of course a helmet doesn't prevent injuries to the hip (in fact may increase them by risk normalisation) but what additional injuries may have been prevented by wearing the helmet.

Comment Use in driving tests? (Score 2) 233

I dont know about other countries, but in the UK maneuvers such as reverse and parallel parking can be part of the test, i wonder what the stance is if you have a car capable of doing it for you in the test? Maybe not too common now, but in the future... For that matter how about self driving cars in general, at what point do you stop needing a license in order to 'operate' it one operation becomes merely telling it where to go.

Comment Re:What is the point of this? (Score 1) 123

I think the OP was taking issue with the flexibility, not the OLED. If the screen is to be flexible, this only becomes useful if everything else it's attached to is also flexible, in this case the glass protective screen, but actually also the electronic circuits it is to be attached to. If flexible screens can become mass produced so they are cheap enough to ship to consumers, then we may start to see some of the stuff that has been shown off as concept for years, e.g a fold up (http://static.ibnlive.in.com/pix/slideshow/01-2013/samsungs-shows-off/10-samsung-fexible-screen-youm.jpg) or roll up (http://static.ibnlive.in.com/pix/slideshow/01-2013/samsungs-shows-off/13-samsung-fexible-screen-youm.jpg) screen

Personally i see the fold up being realistic as it is essentially based on the clam shell that has been popular in the past, whereas the roll up screen would require the electronics be fit into a different, potentially smaller package as well has having the issue of supporting the screen while extended

Comment Will they allow the reverse? (Score 4, Insightful) 182

To be able to have the choice of OS on your device is a good thing, maybe you like the S3 but like windows OS. or you like the nokia lumia hardware but prefer andoid. Now its never going to be allowed to happen with iphone/iOS but choice of OS on other devices can only be a good thing

Mozilla Handing Out Free Firefox OS Developer Phones To Bolster App Marketplace 53

MojoKid writes "Is the world really ready to shift from native apps to HTML5 Web apps? Probably not, at least not in North America yet, but developing nations may see it differently. That's the hope with Firefox OS, a web-based operating system that's (in theory) a lot more open. Of course, one needs only look at Microsoft's battle to get Windows Phone into a place of competition to realize that gaining market share is no easy task, which is why Mozilla will soon be handing out Firefox OS developer phones in order to bolster that. The company's goal is to get app builders to build for Firefox OS, so Mozilla is sending out free Preview handsets for folks to tinker with."

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