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Rejecting your reality in the future, and substituting my own..

Posted 22 October 2019 - 11:51 AM

Microsoft researchers have made some leaps with VR with a project called 'DreamWalker'. These cats strapped on a VR head set, told the system where they wanted to go, and the VR set navigated them to their destination but in the meantime the displayed information is a city and what not.

The program inserts VR representation of obstacles you are seeing, and has an arrow pointing for the correct path. The options are boundless! Minecraft, WoW, Pyrovision!

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For those willing to place a bit of faith in technology, DreamWalker offers a solution if you would rather pretend you're walking in Manhattan rather than a dreary suburban landscape.
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"The system adapts to a chosen route, making it possible to transform a walk to the grocery store or to a bus stop, say, into a walk through Times Square in VR,"
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The demo DreamWalker kit consists of a Samsung Odyssey headset, an HP Omen backpack VR PC, a Xiaomi Mi 8 for GPS capabilities, a battery pack, two Intel RealSense 425 RGB depth cameras, and a Windows Mixed Reality controller.

The project is a demonstration of how Microsoft is exploiting mobile hardware and input sensors to push the limits of 'spatial computing',


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the DreamWalker is guided through a virtual space by a yellow arrow that's informed by data from its sensors. The user would select a target destination on a map and then put on the VR headset to experience another location, such as downtown Manhattan, with traffic, other pedestrians, and the city's buildings.

"Behind the (VR) scenes, DreamWalker enables the user to reach their real-world destination through visual (re)direction at normal walking speeds, detecting obstacles along the way and presenting corresponding VR objects to prevent collisions," the researchers explain.

"DreamWalker fuses the data streams from two RGB depth cameras, optical inside-out tracking, and GPS position data in real time to detect the user's surrounding 3D obstacles and other people. DreamWalker tracks the user's 3D environment and continuously updates a map of walkable areas that is registered with real-world coordinates and landmarks, such as buildings and walkable paths."

Real obstacles are represented as virtual ones and the system predicts the path the user should take in alignment with the real world.


https://www.zdnet.co...-a-virtual-one/

A solid look at the first steps *cough* of reality replacement, and any number of Black Mirror-esque possibilities. I would give it a whirl as long as I am not distracted by a too interesting of a sim-reality and I fall in a construction hole in the road chasing some digital dragon.

Plus the combat addition makes you a DreamWarrior and everything is portrayed as a never ending Elm Street! :D





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#2 jon.kiparsky   User is online

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Re: Rejecting your reality in the future, and substituting my own..

Posted 22 October 2019 - 12:25 PM

Have these people never heard of recreational pharmaceuticals?
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Posted 22 October 2019 - 12:33 PM

I've been transported to way cooler places than Manhattan for $20 worth of windowpane...
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Re: Rejecting your reality in the future, and substituting my own..

Posted 23 October 2019 - 04:59 AM

What about the city slickers who want to pretend they live in farm country during their morning run? Maybe I want a VR Amish experience, damn it!
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Re: Rejecting your reality in the future, and substituting my own..

Posted 23 October 2019 - 10:32 AM

I hope it can accurately represent the local crackheads as orcs or something so you know to stay away from them. Although I admit it would be kind of cool to be chasing a centaur who just stole your wallet through a magic forest instead of the classic dark alley. You there! Sir knight! Are you law enforcement or another crackhead?
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Re: Rejecting your reality in the future, and substituting my own..

Posted 24 October 2019 - 11:34 AM

the example video is why I think the sensible way to do this sort of interaction with the real world is by having cameras feed in what your eyes would naturally see anyway, if not even a wider field of view and a broader spectrum of light than you can see, and add in additional information that's relevant to you- maybe your saved places from google maps on the horizon or the stars in their astronomical positions in relation to the earth you're walking around on. I've played enough 'second life', I don't have such a terrible life that I need a second one to replace my normal interactions in the first one, but if this gave me new capabilities without editing out the world actually around me, I'd actually like/use/aspire to having that.
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Posted 24 October 2019 - 12:16 PM

I wonder what your brain would do if you start crossing sensory input severely. For instance, you see a beautiful sunny day in VR, but it is a stormy rainy cold night. Or in the case of B9's example, you see a beautiful sunny farm but you find yourself walking in cow pies every few steps.
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Re: Rejecting your reality in the future, and substituting my own..

Posted 24 October 2019 - 02:23 PM

I wanna walk through Hyrule or Firelink or Watchpoint: Gibraltar.
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Posted 24 October 2019 - 03:12 PM

Watchpoint: Gibraltar? Out of all the maps, that is your choice? :online2long:

What about Rialto or Paris or Busan or even Lunar Colony?

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Re: Rejecting your reality in the future, and substituting my own..

Posted 25 October 2019 - 10:02 AM

Pretty coast. That or Ilios.
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Re: Rejecting your reality in the future, and substituting my own..

Posted 26 October 2019 - 12:15 PM

Need a Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory walk...
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