Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Oculus Rift GUI: Sword Art Online style

Here's an interesting way of incorporating a menu style GUI for the Oculus Rift. It's designed after the menu in the anime "Sword Art Online", where people are trapped in a VR MMORPG.

The cool part about this is that it uses the Leap Motion to detect your hands and can therefore use the gesture to open the menu (two finger down swipe), just like in the anime.
For the moment it is a neat way of using a menu, although not the most efficient if you are in a hurry.
This type of GUI would be best in an RPG where you have all the time you need to go through your inventory to check your items.

Still, it did make me squeal for joy. Having a menu you can navigate with your REAL hands is freaking cool!

I can only imagine the amount of coding that must have gone into this.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Oculus Rift DK2!

Guess what arrived?

No, not a shipment of military-strength coffee pills so I can stay awake forever. That's for another time..

It's an Oculus Rift DK2!

So hyped to finally hold it in my own hands after not being able to try it out at the Gamescom 2014, the waiting line was nuts.

I'll spare you an unboxing video as those get weird really fast. Plus you would just hear me hyperventilating, trying to not lose my shit. So yeah.

Here is a picture of it, because the internet isn't already full of those.


Monday, 27 May 2013

Sony Xperia ZL: a short review

Believe it or not, up to a few days ago I have never had an Android phone in my hands.

My contract was being renewed so I had a choice to get one for cheaper. After going through many specs and reviews it was decided.

I'd give the Xperia ZL a try as it fits my needs perfectly. Its brother the Xperia Z was also an option, but the rubberised back of the ZL won me over.

 Now, the good bits:

It has a dedicated camera button, a Full HD display and is easy to hold. The battery life seems okay to me, I use it rather heavily. It operates smoothly and has no lags. Most new games work fluidly. The phone comes with a cover protector which you can peel of if you wanted to. Don't do it though, it's designed to keep the glass underneath scratch free.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Bitcoin mining: An expedition

I first heard of Bitcoins about a year ago but didn't think much of it at the time.
Recently I read an article on the BBC News that more and more places are accepting Bitcoins.

It seems to be a thing of the future, so naturally, I gave it a spin.

This will be a very basic walkthrough of my proceedings, I'll write up more information in a later post.

The miner I decided to use was guiminer, a simple but effective multi-mining tool with a graphical user interface.
There are many other mining programs out there for you to choose from.