Posts Tagged ‘Wings’

Get Your Virtual Wings: Oculus Rift Machine Simulates Flight

17 May

[ By Steph in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ]


Feel the wind on your face and smell the pine sap of the forest as you gaze down at the scenery far below – without ever leaving the ground. ‘Birdly’ is a new machine developed by the Zurich University of the Arts that simulates flight using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, a motor-powered machine that mimics flying movements, a fan to fake the feeling of wind and even olfactory feedback tailored to the landscape of your choice.

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The creators studied the movement of the Red Kite bird and translated it to a sensory-motor coupling that enables you to flap your ‘wings’ as if you’re really flying. The movement of your arms directly correlates to the flying sensation you experience through the Oculus Rift headset.

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Once strapped in, you’re embedded in a virtual landscape as if you were the Red Kite itself for the closest possible simulation of flight that’s possible without ever actually going into the air. The faster you go, the stronger the air pushed out by the fan positioned right in front of your head.

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While it’s easy to imagine Birdly becoming a fixture at amusement parks, so far, it’s just an art installation, with no plans for commercialization. The creators say there are a few tweaks still needed to keep users from getting sick during the flight experience. This device is just the latest in an intriguing line of creations using Oculus Rift to bend reality, like a recent Gender Swap experiment that allows the user to switch to the point of view of someone of a different gender.

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Up close: The beauty of butterfly wings

03 Apr


Some look like impressionistic paintings, while other look like colorful ribbons. It’s hard to imagine the subjects of British photographer Linden Gledhill’s macro photos are actually butterfly wings. A biochemist by training, Gledhill says, ‘I’m completely enchanted by the physical world around me and obsessed by its natural beauty. My career in science has magnified this feeling of awe’. See gallery

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How Bird Wings Work (Compared to Airplane Wings) – Smarter Every Day 62

12 Nov

To learn more click here — — To take a DEEP DIVE into how wings work! Click here to tweet DeepDive2 I hope you never look at a bird in flight the same way again. I know I won’t! Artist Info: Sarah Xu, a student at the Vancouver Film School made the awesome introduction Drawing. Gordon, the guy in charge of “Scary Parrot Monsters” at the end of the video wrote this song. It’s called “Black Rhino”… and is available for download online: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How to get there yourself!: I coordinated the travel with Rainforest Expeditions Tell them Destin sent you. You can checkout what they do on their Facebook page: They ran me up and down the river in a boat, gave me lenses, a clean bed, awesome food etc. It was pretty amazing! See the research project’s website here: The project is led by Dr. Don Brightsmith Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center Department of Veterinary Pathobiology College of Veterinary Medicine Jeff Cremer was my hook-up for all things photography once I got on site. He’s very good at technical photography and is more than capable of handling anything you can throw at him. Check out his chops and tell him Destin sent you: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SMARTER EVERY DAY – DEEP DIVE #2 How Bird Wings Work – Smarter Every Day How Wings Work — A reference for creature props How do

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Aquarion – 1 – Memories of Heavenly Wings

03 Jul

When the Shadow Angels invade after 12000 years of slumber, humanity is held captive by fear and sheer alien dominance.
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My Green Wings

18 Oct

My green wings, originally uploaded by hailun.

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