Down the Rabbit Hole...

Come and find out what's down the rabbit hole...

Have you ever wondered what’s down the rabbit hole? In this video I take you on a tour of my own personal rabbit hole that I hope will leave you a bit stunned about what technology is now capable of.

You’ll see some places that I go to relax and unwind, get inspired or just to chill while I’m working on a problem. While we’re in lockdown you may think that I’m breaking the rules but I’m actually not….so whatever you do, I hope you enjoy the glimpse into another aspect of my life.

Please feel free to leave comments, questions and likes either on my blog (https://michaelgilmour.com) or on my Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/whizzbangsblog) . You can also subscribe to my blog or Youtube channel so you don’t miss out on future updates.


 

 

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Saturday Musings – My Secret Passion…

What are you passionate about?

I always love hearing someone share about their passion. They come more alive than ever as they get engrossed in trying to convey the emotions they experience as they go sailing, build something out of wood or hike through the mountains. For me, it’s playing games.

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For almost the entirety of my life I’ve enjoyed board games, card games and of course, computer games. Now that I’m in my fifties, my father was surprised that I still played computer games until he saw what they’re now like. He said to me, “I didn’t realise that games have grown as you’ve become older.”

In this video I share about my secret passion for computer games. How I was part of the team that worked on the very first Lord of the Rings game for a Z80 processor until now, I’m having fun in virtual reality. Games are my secret passion….what’s yours?

If you’re a gamer experiencing the “joys” of the COVID lock-down then don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Steam or my blog here. It would be great to connect on a planet far, far away….in the meantime, enjoy this glimpse into another aspect of my life.

Have a great weekend!
Michael

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Saturday Musings - Virtual Reality Has Come of Age

I’d finally done it! I’d made it through a tumultuous week to Friday. I’m not really sure why Friday’s are so special, but for me, around 6pm yesterday was one of the happiest times of the week.

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So why was Friday so special? It just so happens that earlier in the week I’d finally received my Oculus Touch Virtual Reality (VR) controllers to go with my headset. It’s been a busy time of year and all week I’ve been staring at them in their box while I coded away…..sigh…..

Yesterday, I ceremoniously removed them from their awesome packaging (it really was) set them up and took them for a spin. For those of you that are wondering, each of the VR controllers are like a sawn off X-box controller that you hold in each hand.

When I donned my headset the first thing that I noticed were my hands. They were floating in the air in front of me! When I moved my arm then my virtual hands followed. I could reach out and grab things, throw them or bring them closer to inspect them in more detail. It was like a dream come true…..I had hands!

The controllers came with a couple of games and I pointed to one of them (yes, you can point with your VR hands) to fire it up. The next thing I knew I was being taken through a tutorial on how to have combat by flinging magical fireballs at an opponent. All the time I was doing the action with my real hands and watched as my VR hands enveloped in flames before the ball of flame shot through the air.

Bringing my left arm up and squeezing my fist spawned a glowing shield that I could manoeuvre to block my opponents attacking spells. It wasn’t long before I was teleporting across platforms, shooting fireballs and dodging attacks…..simply incredible. All from the safety of my study.....thank goodness!

I finally exited the game and pointed to the Sports game. Basketball involved throwing the ball to your team mates, catching the ball and then trying to make a score. It was a bit difficult at first but I got into the swing of it in the end.

My favourite sports game was hockey…..maybe due to growing up northern Canada has something to do with it. I played the goalie, defending my goal with a glove in one hand and a hockey stick in the other. Watching the opposition pass the puck back and forth and then suddenly slapshotting it straight at me gave a real impression of the speed a goalie must have to stop scores.

 With every save the crowd roared their approval and adrenalin surged through my body. I began to really feel like I was there and I couldn’t help yelling at the opposition as I got into the spirit of the game. Thank goodness, I was home by myself otherwise I think my family would’ve thought I’d completely lost it.

It’s clear to me that VR is the future of entertainment, education and business communication. The touch controls are the next step in an immersive direction and I’m sure it won’t be long until we’re wearing tactile feedback gloves. For those of you with VR based domain names…..I think you’re on a winner….they just need a little more time.

If you have an Oculus Rift setup then feel free to friend me (my username is whizzbang…of course) as I would love to fly in a squadron of space fighters around asteroids with you.

Have a great weekend!

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