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March 11, 2016

by Jeff Lofvers

 

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A little while back, I was interviewed by Best Webcomics about Don't Hit Save (a comic you should have heard of by now). Then, at some point in the last few weeks they put it online. You should go read it. You know you want to. I would want to if I were you. Do it. Go. Don't forget to review the comic while you're there.

In tech news and reviews, I checked out Orion, the new Beta from Leap Motion. For those of you unfamiliar, the Leap Motion Controller is a hand tracking device that I've mentioned in the past. You can assign gestures to certain actions on the computer and it's been a neat little way to interact with VR environments. I've been a fan of Leap Motion for a while now, using their controller at home as a quick way to control volume levels with a gesture. I've even made a VR prototype or two.

Simply put, Orion blew me away. I could not believe the difference in accuracy, range, and latency. I was shocked to see such a noticeable change without a hardware upgrade. With this new SDK, they've gone from "pretty good" to "shockingly great" levels of accuracy and speed. If you're interested in developing for VR, you'll definitely want to check it out.

Okay, I'm sounding like a commercial now. I'm going to stop. The point is: Orion from Leap Motion is awesome.

That's about it for today. I have a nasty head cold, so I'll probably be playing games all weekend instead of being productive. Any suggestions? Let me know using the contact form to the left.

I'll be back on Tuesday.

-Jeff

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