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As a computer graphics guy, I’m always in awe of realistic motion capture and 3D animation. That said, I also have the utmost respect for the filmmakers who have chosen to go old school and create anthropomorphic creatures in real life to put up on the big screen.
The 2018 Winter Olympics are finally here and a revolutionary investment in resources from Intel is bringing many of the events to you live in full 360 VR! To whet your appetite, NBC produced the video below to show a glimpse into some of the preparation involved in being an athlete on Team U.S.A. I loved seeing the strength training and virtual sledding/jumping!
Happy New Year! Seems like a good time to look back on 2017 with a little bit of humor, so here’s a short clip to make you smile.
As we dip into these upcoming days of sub-freezing high temperatures, I thought it might be nice for us to virtually experience a little warm weather getaway. Discovery Channel did a wonderful job last year of recording a journey on the Scream roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, in Valencia, California. The fact that the recording was done in 360° video makes it exponentially more interesting to watch.
Who—besides a barefoot parent—doesn't love LEGO? I’ve always known that LEGO bricks came from a magical land in Denmark, but had never had a glimpse of what that world looked like. Well, thanks to the New York Times’ Daily 360 crew, we now have an opportunity to see 360° footage of those inspirational blocks being made and distributed.
This 2-minute clip takes us right through the plastic molding process, to a storage facility, to the LEGO headquarters where 300 designers get to bring their dreams to life in LEGO bricks!
One of the fundamentals of strategic theory relates to thinking forward and reasoning backwards. The dollar auction is a great example.
So, how do you sell a dollar for more than a $1.00? Take a group of people and offer to auction off your dollar in five-cent bid increments. The high bidder wins, but the second highest bidder, the loser, has to give up their losing bid. You’ll almost always get more than $1.00 for your dollar—guaranteed.
Who doesn’t love an impromptu visit to the zoo? Last Saturday, I packed up my 11-year-old nephew and brought him down to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. I’m basically an over-sized kid myself, so we spent the day making (friendly) faces at mammals, fish, reptiles, birds, and other humans.
Since its inception in 1973, RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) has become an American institution. It is the world’s oldest, longest, and largest organized bike ride and an estimated 20,000 people participate each year as it follows a different route from the western border of Iowa to the Mississippi river. After completing it four times now, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is a bucket-list worthy accomplishment.