Another Reason Why Oculus Go Needs The Official YouTube App

The title says it all!

360 Degree Tour of The Brand New Set! | Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

But hmmmm… it’s not 3D so it might work in the Oculus Go browser. Grrrr!

Previously here:

Oculus Go Tip: View The 360 Photos
Oculus Go Demo Survey Email
Video: Step-By-Step Setting Up An Oculus Go
Sideloading Apps To The Oculus Go
Video: Oculus Go Reviews
Oculus Go Demo
Virtual Reality category

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Oculus Go Tip: View The 360 Photos

From Reddit (TheGreatLostCharactr):

So after having a generally unfavorable experience with 90% of the 360 videos I’ve seen, I decided to check out the Oculus 360 Photos app. Holy smokes!

I kid you not, I spent about an hour just being awestruck by the beautiful imagery and level of detail in many of these photos, almost all of which have been nothing short stunning. The abstract digital photos in particular are simply mesmerizing. Take for example M.C. Escher’s Relativity rendered in 3D is a marvel to behold.

Wanting to ground myself back in reality I took a tour of Paris, which nearly brought tears to my eyes it felt so much like being there.

There must be hundreds of photos in this app and I’m legitimately excited to explore them further. It’s like being in an art museum!

My only complaint is there’s no way to bookmark my favorite scenes so I can readily visit them again and share with others. It also lacks the ability to set the photos as your background, which feels like a missed opportunity.

I’m really glad I discovered this, because I’m kind of done wasting my time looking for 180 and 360 videos that don’t suck. I’d have never guessed that 360 photos could be so far superior!

One quick tip: The app defaults to a slideshow mode which goes far too fast to really soak in everything you’re seeing, but it can be paused and manually advanced to the next photo.

Yes. Even on the Gear VR demos I’ve had, the still photos can be breathtaking. Don’t ignore them. And don’t forget Google Photos on the Lenovo Mirage Solo headset.

Previously here:

Oculus Go Demo Survey Email
Video: Step-By-Step Setting Up An Oculus Go
Sideloading Apps To The Oculus Go
Video: Oculus Go Reviews
Oculus Go Demo
Virtual Reality category

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Boosted Boards Founders Launch Electric Scooter Rental Company

Boosted Boards founders launch heavy-duty scooter renter Skip

All electric scooters are not created equal. I’ve found ones from Spin, Bird, and Lime to often be broken, shaky, or out of battery. But now the founders of Boosted Boards, which makes the steadiest and safest-feeling electric skateboards, are bringing their rugged hardware expertise to the scooter world. Today, they’re coming out of stealth with a supposedly stronger and longer-lasting dockless electric scooter rental startup called Skip. And the surprise is they’re hoping to only operate where permitted unlike their backlashed competitors [but no guarantees], with a deployment today in partnership with Washington D.C. and plans for San Francisco.

Oy. Will I ever be free from doing electric scooter posts?

What makes this startup different?

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Onan Announces An Electric Scooter

Perhaps best known for their Mellow clone — the Onan Booster for electric skateboards — Onan has jumped into electric scooters with the L1.

Why are electric scooters suddenly so hot? Bird and Lime electric scooter rental companies. Onan probably figures they can snag a company like that to place a huge order. This is how China works. If this comes to pass, we’ll be tripping over eScooters in every major city.

After the break, two videos.

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The Coming Google Police State

I once had a nightmare in which I was being chased by Google Police.

And now this:


Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering

This is a monstrous vision.

This is what happens when cultural illiterates run things. Did they ever read Asimov’s Foundation trilogy? Ever even see the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project (like they even knew it was based on a book!)? Know any goddammed thing about real-life social history?

Any top-down plan will fail. Anything that tries to get in the way of the messiness of being human will fail. Anything that decreases slack is bound to foment revolution.

Stop thinking your machinery can be used to tell us what to do. Especially when none of you — especially you, Google — listen to customers!

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Primary Laptop Down

The backlight died. It’s been tending towards red, which is a sign, and then beginning to flicker, which is an even worse sign, and then it just died today.

It’s an old notebook I inherited and probably not worth fixing. It has a mini-VGA-out port, so I’ll need to find and buy an adapter, hook up a screen, and evacuate all the stuff.

I’m not keen on navigating the jungle of notebooks to buy a new one. Every time I examine them at Best Buy, I lose some of my will to live. So this intrigues me: Microsoft Plans Low-Cost Tablet Line to Rival iPad. If it’s actually full Windows, it might do — depending on screen resolution and CPU.

We’ll see.

For now I’m using the secondary Toshiba notebook, another inheritance, which has a keyboard and trackpad I hate. It also has Windows 8.x, which has the worst UI ever created (goddammed upper corners!). Life is hard. Tough! I’ll deal with it.

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Oculus Go Demo Survey Email

I gave my real email address for the demo at Best Buy. Why not? I though there would be a survey or maybe some promo emails with discounts.

When asked if I would buy it, I replied NO. And I cited the lack of the official YouTube app as my reason, letting them know there are thousands of VR and 3D videos there that can’t be watched satisfactorily using the built-in Oculus browser. Maybe that will spur some cooperation between them and Google — even if they have to pay Google a goddammed ransom for inclusion. Do it!

Previously here:

Sideloading Apps To The Oculus Go
Video: Oculus Go Reviews
Oculus Go Demo
Oculus Go’s Late Shipping Is Bad For VR
Oculus Co-Founder Jack McCauley On VR
Facebook/Oculus Xiaomi (FOX) VR Headset
Hugo Barra Dumps Xiaomi For Facebook/Oculus!
Virtual Reality category

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Video: Step-By-Step Setting Up An Oculus Go

This is the level of detail I like and that people interested in buying need.

The new Oculus Go Getters Channel on YouTube has done a 22-minute video that spans from unboxing all the way to using the Oculus Go for the first time. The complete setup steps are gone through.

But first, the spoiler, because it’s great news:

That clears the way for people like me who never want to use Facebook to consider this as a purchase (should the official YouTube app get hacked onto it!).

After the break, the video.

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The QooCam VR Camera

While Google’s partners are producing VR180 cameras based on a Google-mandated reference design that looks like something out of the old Soviet Bloc, at least one company is here in the year 2018 with something that looks modern.

360 Rumors: Kandao QooCam 360 and 3D camera with depth mapping: 10 FEATURES (updated May 2, 2018 with SAMPLE photo)

Kickstarter: QooCam: World’s First interchangeable 4K 360° & 3D Camera

After the break, three videos.

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Video: Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera

After a long break in posting about Virtual Reality, I’ve gotten excited about it again with the introduction of the Oculus Go, Lenovo Mirage headset, and now the Lenovo Mirage camera for VR180.

These developments should further propel VR into public consciousness. I’ve seen those crappy US$10-US$20 plastic Cardboard-compatible VR headsets always selling out at whatever store gets them in stock. I’m hoping those have gotten people interested enough in VR to want to upgrade at least to the basic 32GB Oculus Go.

When it comes to VR cameras, the leading expert in the field is Mic Ty over at 360 Rumors. Here’s what he says about the Lenovo Mirage VR180 camera: Lenovo Mirage Camera Review (Google VR180) Sample Photos and Videos

After the break, two videos about the camera.

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