Maxping, arguably the best resource for news about virtual worlds, have just opened the virtual doors to their brand new user forums. This is a great place to get together with like-minded folks and discuss virtual world technology.
Microsoft unveiled their new Xbox 360 controller, or, lack-of-controller today at E3. Yes, I’m referring to Project Natal.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, you obviously don’t have a Twitter account. All of the videos I’ve seen thus far are pre-recorded, but if this thing works as good as they make it look, we are all in for a treat. Check it out:
Looks pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.
I have a few questions, which I’m sure you all do as well. Mine are
Will the sensor be a USB device?
If so, has anyone hacked their own drivers yet? :)
How long until someone uses it in a virtual world, like OpenSim?
Combine this with a projection-cube-room like this one, a treadmill floor so you can actually walk, and you’ve got yourself a holodeck, son.
Am I the only late-20-something that’s sorely disappointed that Virtual Reality has basically dropped off the face of the planet?
When I was young, Virtual Reality was supposed to be the “next big thing.” And for a while, it was. I played Dactyl Nightmare with the best of them on a Virtuality machine in a mall in Port Huron and anxiously awaited any tidbit of news to come from Atari about their Jaguar 3D headset.
Then, all of a sudden, VR disappeared.
I think it’s because of the Virtual Boy. I really liked that system, but I guess at the time it made a bunch of people sick and companies got scared to try it again.
Here’s what I want:
A lightweight, high-resolution, full-vision 3D display headset with built-in (at least Stereo) sound. If it needs to take advantage of dual-header DVI graphics cards, so be it.
Two Nintendo PowerGlove-ish devices that let me manipulate objects in 3D.
Can you do it for cheap?
Does anyone know of a high-quality headset like the one described above? Let me know in the comments!
As far as the gloves… I was thinking about getting 10 Nintendo Wii controllers and removing and then mounting the IR units on the tips of my fingers. Take advantage of the many open-source Wii controller drivers around the net to build a PC joystick driver that can work in engines like Torque.
I often fool around with 3D tools like blender and Torque Construction Set. I get frustrated at the interface with my computer. Not only is any size screen too small, a mouse and a flat 2D display just can’t manipulate the objects fast enough. I want to use my hands, damnit!
Just think of how cool it would be to wave your hand and have a forest grow behind it or earth raise into a mountain. The Matrix, here we come!
Some of these screenshots of the upcoming EQ2 expansion courtesy of Tom’s Games and the official Everquest 2 website. Love the colors, updated graphics and detail, and increased focus on creating a unique and foreboding atmosphere to explore. I’m looking forward to this one.
Everquest 2 is running a 14-day free trial. Check it out here.