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Virtual Reality Lets You Hang With Totoro
British VR developers FirePanda have been hard at work the last few years. While most of the anticipation surrounding Virtual Reality has been game-centric, there are other VR developers who understand that there might be people interested in VR, but not in the gaming aspects of it. FirePanda are using VR for larger goals than just games (though they do have a game or two as well). They've used VR as an educational tool, for medical students to get some virtual hands-on practice in a RESUS room. They've also now begun rolling out little VR experiences taken directly from the films of Studio Ghibli. Check out this VR video: If you don't have any kind of VR headset like myself, this is a hard video to watch properly. The VR displays a mirrored image onto both of your eyes, hence the two displays in the video. Without the headset, this is just a strange video. But iconic. Everyone who's an anime fan has seen Totoro, and even if you haven't, you'd be familiar with the rotund spirit. So far, they have VR-d scenes from My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle. My personal favorite is the Howl's Moving Castle one, because the scene they picked is the fields outside of the house from Howl's childhood. That is definitively my favorite setting in the film, and the chance to experience it in VR is astounding to me. I don't have a VR headset yet, but if I ever get one, this is the first thing I'm gonna do. Check out all the anime VR stuff FirePanda has to offer here.
Underwater Eco-Village Plans Released
Sometimes science and technology boggles my MIND. And today was one of those days. CNN released some incredible images of what Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut is designing and planning, an underwater village he is calling an Aequorea. These 'oceanscrapers' will be constructed using recycled plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The design has plans for houses, as well as science labs, offices, hotels, sports fields and farms across 250 floors and reach a depth of up to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet). The Ocean is a huge resource too. Desalinated ocean water it will be used for drinking. Micro algae will be used for farming and organic waste. Also, sunlight would be provided through bioluminescence. So far, it's just in the concept and research stage. But other attractions like this have worked across the world, including a hotel in Dubai that has underwater rooms. I couldn't be more excited about these images and the plans. Please excuse me as I sing "Under the Sea" for the remainder of the day. Ocean and Tech buddies-- what are your thoughts? @Cereal03 @RobertMarsh @loftonc16 @thefeels @missophiestik @ButterflyBlu @Krazypoet @marshalledgar @quietone @Luci546 @smnthcarter773 @DroPuenteAG93 @ChriSingularis @Emescia @nikkinjg @TessStevens @konaskorner @DaivonUnderwood @gaeljames92 @Zekiya @Krazypoet @AzamSharif @NerukaWong @shantalcamara @RachelParker @TessStevens @ZacharyColeHall @RaquelArredondo @ChriSingularis @lovelikematoi @danidee @thefeels @ChosenKnight @Ambie @WiviDemol @ButterflyBlu @inuyashagal @ToniEliseHolden @BeannachtOraibh @Aubrey1990 @MaighdlinS @DasiaB @Aubrey1990