Year: 2016

April 11, 2016
More 360° nonsense for those of you not yet bored.

This is getting surreal. Checking on what was up on HugVR today, I found the Canadian chap I was talking to last night experimenting with another guy in England, attempting a two way VR hookup.

April 10, 2016
Last night, long past my sensible bedtime, I found myself chatting to a chap in Canada who was broadcasting his lounge in 360°, on Hugvr is still in Beta, but is a site for live streaming 360° video. I’ve taken to checking it out on my way to bed, as a large proportion of people playing with it are in the States.

For this chap, it is his job – he has started a company producing and consulting in VR for sales, education and entertainment; I’d come across him chilling and playing with kit, but when he knew I had the same camera as the one he was using tonight, he was interested in my opinions on quality. Then when he found I was an amateur musician, he really got excited, and got his guitar out, and we spent time discussing how cool live streamed 360° could be for virtual house concerts.

March 28, 2016
Wanting some short comedy before bedtime last night, I discovered “Laid” on Netflix, which proved to be so delightful, I spent the next 2 hours binge-watching it.

It is an Australian comedy about a woman who discovers that a several of her past lovers have died – in unrelated and unexpected ways – and looks for a pattern.

March 8, 2016
Last week I wrote about the exorbitant price of CPAP masks, and sourcing cheaper options.

Having tried my new mask for a few nights, I declared it a success, and decided to buy a couple more, to put away. However, by this time, the eBay seller had sold their stock.

March 2, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, my CPAP mask broke unexpectedly. Having said that, it is something I wear every night, and it is subject to being squashed between my face and a pillow quite often, so it is going to break sooner or later.

I usually have a spare mask to hand, but in this case, I didn’t. However, I had a old mask that was only slightly broken – unlike my more recent mask, it worked well once it was on, but it had a tendancy to fall apart when taking it off or putting it on. But it would do for now.

February 27, 2016
Wordpress plugins are additional bits of software that can be installed to work with Wordpress. There are many kinds of plugins – some change radically how Wordpress behaves, others simply add or expand functionality. You don’t need to be a programmer to use plugins – most install simply and easily, and are then configured as if part of the core Wordpress package.

Here are some of the plugins that I find useful.

January 22, 2016
It was inevitable that my purchase of a Ricoh Theta S 360° camera would spur me on to buy more tech. The big hand syndrome, where handheld pictures and video have an out-of proportion hand holding nothing (the camera having removed itself from the picture) was easily fixed by a selfie-stick/monopod.

But it also led me to play with Google Cardboard, which is a deliberately cheap design for a Virtual Reality headset. In particular, video taken with the Theta and uploaded to YouTube can be viewed using Google Cardboard, and as you move your head, the frame of view moves accordingly. It is an amazing immersive effect, even with the crudest resolution of video.

January 10, 2016
As mentioned on Facebook, having played with YouTube 360° videos for a month, YouTube is now reporting that they are not supported on Firefox. Instead it displays the raw file, which without 360° rendering appears horribly distorted.

360° video not being supported is demonstratably false. Below is an embedded YouTube 360° video. Viewing it embedded in my blog page, it displays perfectly. However, if you click through to YouTube using the YouTube icon on the video, you will be told “360° video playback is not supported on this browser.”

January 5, 2016