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WACOM is known for stopping support for their pen tablets after some years, especially for the cheaper consumer pen tablets.
The WACOM Bamboo (in my case the CTH-461) is a pretty popular pen tablet and the latest driver wont install natively under Windows 10. Really frustrating for hardware that is still in perfect shape.
VR has not just arrived, but it finally arrived for me and the masses ;)
I have been watching VR evolving from the sidelines for the past few years. Its been a fun ride, from the first prototypes to what we have now.
The biggest problem in the past, has been image quality and the huge upfront investment for me. With the latest generation all of this has completely changed.
I am constantly keeping up with new technologies and have been diving into WebVR for some time now.
Its so easy to export your own simple Unity VR project into WebVR and integrate it into your own web projects.
Unreal Engine also provides options to work on VR projects. Or build upon the WebXR API.
Microsoft also has a foot in the door, with MRTK (Allows to integrate teleporting easily / Releases).
With the announcement of the Oculus Quest 2 last year, I finally decided to dive in myself. Standalone VR allows me to concentrate on WebVR and experiment, while still having the option to expand into the linked PC-universe in the future as well.
I have no plans to invest into a beefy gaming rig yet, but have been trying out cloud solutions using Shadow and Paperspace Gaming / Paperspace $10 Coupon (KS4Q2TA).
Update: Latency is the biggest problem with these solutions and it can be a hit & miss! My Paperspace experience was close to perfect for pure desktop experiences, for VR sadly not :) Can not testdrive Shadow right now, as the waitinglist is already showing September 2021 LOL CRAZY! Local latency can be greatly optimized by using Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi Direct.
With the current GPU prices, building a machine makes hardly any sense. I would love to build a small form-factor PC with a Shuttle XPC for example ;) Maybe later this year ….
I invested in VR-Comfort for now ;) I transformed the Oculus Quest 2 into a FrankenQuest with the DAS-Mod (HTC VR VIVE Deluxe Audio Strap). Loving the new look, audio and perfect weight balance :) Perfect for longer sessions.
I am officially infected. I decided to upgrade an old computer to minimum VR specs, to at least tryout PC-VR :) The final build is ghetto and really a tight fit, but it works perfectly :)
For 2021 and the current shortages, this is a big win! The whole upgrade was about 400 EUR, with 250 EUR for the new GPU.
Here are my current PC-VR specs:
All that is required, has been added and now the PC VR universe is open for exploration :)
There are many new platforms providing access to new tools and often an easy access to a broader community. Some of them with nice build tools in VR.
“OpenXR is an open, royalty-free standard for access to virtual reality and augmented reality platforms and devices. It is developed by a working group managed by the Khronos Group consortium.”
You will find a bunch of efforts on the way, to build the next open multi-platform VR solution.
Building with Unity is always an option, but not the best solution for those that are just getting started or for those that just want a simple starting point to experiment ;)
Another evolving area is the office space. Some of the platforms above already dive into that area, like XRDesktop. But Oculus / Facebook itself is working on its Infinite Office integration.
Other solutions help to mirror your PC within VR and open new ways for collaboration:
The biggest problem is the mirroring of the keyboard. As soon as that is solved, this might become usable. Immerse VR provides an option to overlay a virtual representation of your keyboard, by mapping your real-life keyboard in VR.
Always important to stay informed. Here some communities are frequently visit:
VR is here to stay, I would have never though it would take off 2020 / 2021. But we all face new challenges and technology is evolving to make space for new possibilities.
While gaming / fitness / social are the entry point for VR currently, this whole market will expand quickly in 2021.
Really looking forward to new possibilities and another facet of my developer life.
Looking forward meeting some of you in the VR-Multiverse :)
Frohe Ostern aus dem Norden. Da an Urlaub dieses Jahr nicht wirklich zu denken ist, ist Kreatives gefragt! Wie wäre es mit dem Eiertrullern (geht auch im Garten oder in der Sandkiste )Auf den Ostfriesischen Inseln – speziell auf Norderney – spielen Einheimische und Touristen das Eiertrullern traditionell in den Dünen. Die Mitwirkenden stellen sich dabei auf die Sandseite und lassen die Eier auf planierten Rampen, einer “Lünskebahn”, hinunterkullern, ohne sie dabei zu werfen. Sieger ist derjenige, dessen Ei am weitesten kommt und dabei unbeschädigt bleibt. Als Gewinn erhält er das Ei des Gegners. Aus Naturschutzgründen findet das Eiertrullern heutzutage nur noch auf künstlich aufgeschütteten Sanddünen am Strand statt.
English – “Happy Easter from the north. Since vacation this year is not really an option, some creativity is required!
How about the –Eiertrullern– (also works in the garden or in the sandpit) On the East Frisian Islands – especially on Norderney – locals and tourists traditionally play the –Eiertrullern– in the dunes. The participants stand on the sand side and let the eggs roll down on leveled ramps, a “Lünskebahn”, without throwing them.
The winner is the one whose egg gets the furthest and remains undamaged. As a win he receives the opponent’s egg. For nature conservation reasons, egg trolling now only takes place on artificially raised sand dunes on the beach.”Ein paar schöne erholsame Tage im Kreis der Familie.Moin aus LöningenAlex
“Visual House erstellt realistische 3D Video-Animationen, Panoramatouren, Außen- und Innen Ansichten für Ihr Bauvorhaben.”
“Visual House creates realistic 3D video animations, panorama tours, exterior and interior views for your construction project.”
This is a simple portfolio website, that will be expanded upon in the future. The client wants to edit and maintain the website himself. Its a clean and simple layout with an Elementor Pro backend. Virtual panoramic tours are a key service they offer and is integrated directly for potential customers to explore. More to come in the future …
“Viktualia liefert an Abholstationen im Raum Heidelberg.Viktualia bündelt für dich das Angebot kleiner und kleinster Höfe aus der Region. Das Ergebnis: Die ganze Vielfalt dessen, was ausgewählte Erzeuger zu bieten haben. Einfach im Onlineshop Brot, Eier, Fleisch, Käse, Joghurt, Gemüse und vieles mehr bestellen und die Einkäufe entspannt auf dem Heimweg an einer Abholstation mitnehmen.”
“Viktualia delivers to pick-up stations in the Heidelberg area.Viktualia bundles the range of small and very small farms from the region for you. The result: the full diversity of what selected producers have to offer. Simply order bread, eggs, meat, cheese, yoghurt, vegetables and much more in the online shop and take your shopping with you to a pick-up station on the way home. “
01.11.2020: This project has been with me for the past months. We just finished our beta testdrive with a close testing group a few weeks ago. The shop will be completely open on the 25.11., with the first delivery going out on the 2.12. It was pleasure working on this project and I am looking forward to its lift-off.
25.11.2020: Viktualia is open for business! (Viktualia ist am Start!)
28.3.2021: Now also delivers directly to your doorstep, if your address is within the delivery area. A perfect fit for those that can not go out and still want access to fresh products. We also added a quick category menu within the shop, to access certain areas more easily.
This was a combined effort with GREENTONIC, Heike Frank.
Viktualia Hofeinkauf / Pelin Yildiz
VR is a new passion of mine, that I play with in my freetime, but also explore as a developer and tech enthusiast.
As video quality has evolved a lot in the past 2 years, the big topic now is full body immersion.
The following things are becoming more important:
I will use this article to collect things that are already available, diy projects, experiments and things that are in their early stages.
Hand & finger tracking is already making its way into consumer products. It is still not widely integrated, but has made big jumps the past year.
Eye tracking is not only important to make avatars more life-like, but also to track your eye focus and help to reduce processor load.
Lip tracking has made a big jump, with the new Vive Lip tracker and is important for social interactions.
Body tracking is one of the areas, that has so many projects attached to it. There are so many neat solutions out there, that almost anyone can use it by now.
Free locomotion is one of the biggest challenges in VR right now. You can increase your playarea, but that is still limiting and requires space. Their are VR treadmills, but none of them really reproduces life-like natural movement yet. And those solutions that come close, are still out of your reach. Most of the tracking above is somehow covered and will be available soon, while real locomotion is really the hardest to solve of them all.
Always crucial to have the right look for yourself in VR :)
“Klaro [klɛro] is a simple consent management platform (CMP) and privacy tool that helps you to be transparent about the third-party applications on your website. It is designed to be extremely simple, intuitive and easy to use while allowing you to be compliant with all relevant regulations (notably GDPR and ePrivacy).”
The tool is developed by KIPROTECT and can be found on Github.
As I integrated Klaro on a couple of websites so far, I decided to make my work a bit easier and start building some basic clean themes for it.
I have a basic white and black&white theme so far. The download includes a testdrive folder, to showcase the themes. The white theme is also used on this website ;)
I really hate those standard consent management modals, that integrate badly into the website native design.
Klaro does a good job allowing to override its core theme and makes it a bit more pleasant. We do have to live with those modals from now on ;)
The themes are Sass-based and provide easy configuration options.
cubicFUSION Themes for Klaro! @ Github
Klaro is still missing some things, will collect some workarounds here for you to play with.
Updates: Github Discussion – 0.7.10 also adds custom callbacks to services (onAccept, onDecline, onInit) NICE!
Used a simple MutationObserver to do some magic for now, without diving into the core Klaro code for now. I am sure they already have an event listener or watcher setup.
Custom theme and integration for a coaching website.
Update 2020: Global cleanup / tweaks
KAIAKOO – PERSÖNLICHKEITS – ARCHITEKTUR
I designed a fresh set of business cards for Willen Logistics last year, this is a small iteration with a QR-Code on the back. The business cards feature a partial varnish on the logo and QR-Code.
I updated their different logos last year, to streamline their main corporate colors.
“Seit mehr als 50 Jahren ist die Spedition Willen ein zuverlässiger Partner ihrer Kunden im In- und Ausland. Was in den 1950er Jahren als klassischer Transportbetrieb mit eigenem Fuhrpark begann, hat sich im Laufe der letzten Jahrzehnte zu einem Unternehmen mit großem Leistungsspektrum entwickelt.
Neben der Lagerung wurde die Produktion und Vermietung von Metalltrommeln ein wichtiges Standbein. Dadurch wurden dann auch kundenindividuelle Logistikkonzepte entwickelt und logistische Dienstleistungen vermehrt angeboten.” – Löningen, Niedersachsen
Willen Logistics GmbHWillen Transport GmbH
Lernkarten.de – Offers specialized learning tools for the German certified master of trade/commerce exam (Handelsfachwirt Prüfung IHK). This includes printed learning materials and an App for Android / iOS. The website also provides updated information about changes in the curriculum and new requirements.