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.com. Hugvr is still in Beta, but is a site for live streaming 360° video. I’ve taken to checking it out…

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…

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…

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…

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 –…

February 25, 2016

I’m experimenting with a new theme, as the old blog is looking a bit old and tired. This one, Tracks, is certainly different. I’ll try to leave it for a couple of weeks, to see if it grows on me.

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.…

January 5, 2016

I love my new Ricoh Theta S, but am also a little bit paranoid about taking it out and about with me. It has a protruding glass fish-eye lens on both sides, and the danger of accidentally damaging one of them tends to be on my mind.