Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Future King William building

The render is a future representation of King William building at the university housing once again JASON, version 2.

Concept artwork

A drawing to see where the various parts of the reactor were going to be allocated.

Game Map v1.0

The map that will set the flow of my game. The map/chronogram will evolve as ideas and concepts change.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

CryEngine vegetation animation

CryENGINE 3 renders

I have been testing Cry ENGINE 3, a games engine, to model my site. The software offers the possibility of photorealistic renders. Below are some of the early renders.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Oculus Rift: The future of gaming

The Oculus Rift is an upcoming high field of view[110 degrees] consumer-priced virtual reality head-mounted display. It is being developed by Oculus LLC, who have raised $2.4 million from a Kickstarter campaign.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Fell German Bombs location

The bombsight website shows the locations of where bombs fell during the horrifying German aerial assault on London during World War II.

The Bomb Sight project is a zoomable map which zooms down to street level, showing where individual bombs fell during one of the most intense periods of the Blitz.

Many London streets were hit several times during the period, when the Luftwaffe bombed London for 57 consecutive nights, dropping tonnes of bombs.

A Bomb Sight app lets users look ‘through’ their phone’s camera to see where bombs fell on a ‘live’ version of London – superimposing devastating German attacks over today’s rebuilt London.

The map uses information from a ‘bomb census’ between 1/10/1940 and 06/06/1941 – and mixes information on bombs, with text and photographs from the period.

An augmented app for smartphones will soon be released.

Source 1 
Source 2

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Nokia Maps digitises streets to battle Google's threat

Seems like Nokia is going to revolutionalise maps by using point cloud data. Nokia is combining data gathered by lasers and cameras to make interactive 3D images of cities. Information taken by panoramic cameras is combined with Lidar data to create street-level coloured graphics. Lidar,LIght Detection And Ranging, is a rotating sensor which uses 64 lasers to capture 1.3 million points of digital information every second of the vehicle's, attached with the sensor, journey.

Thank you Kate for sending me that.


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Nuclear Reactor site model

I found some plans and pictures of when the reactor was being disassembled and altogether with pictures of a JASON block model, at the Greenwich museum, used them as references to model the nuclear reactor inside King William building. I tested a new render style called cel shading that is frequently used in video games.

 Plan of South side of King William building
Not too sure where this plan fits in KW
Block model picture of the reactor

One-way trip to Mars

The Mars One organisation has revealed details of its plans to land four astronauts on the Red Planet in 2023, with four additional 'crew' arriving every two years.

The organisation said that it had had more than 1,000 volunteers for the mission, who emailed in via the foundation's website.

Selection of the astronauts will begin next year, the Dutch organisation says.

The trip to the planned 'colony' would be one-way - and the astronaut volunteers will live and die on Mars.

Mars One aims to finance a mission to Mars via donations from corporations, people - and by creating a reality show-style 'media event' around the training and selection of its astronauts.

The Dutch company is backed by Nobel prize winning physicist, Gerard 't Hooft - and by Paul Romer, co-creator of Big Brother.

Mars One also announced that it had become a not-for-profit foundation.

"With more than 850,000 unique visitors to the website, Mars One has received thousands of emails," the Dutch company said in an email today. 

"Among those emails were more than one thousand requests from individuals who desire to go to Mars--well before the launch of the Astronaut Selection Program. Furthermore, Mars One is supported by a large groups of advisers and ambassadors, among them an astronaut, a Nobel prize winning physicist and several NASA scientists."

Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and President of Mars-One offers, “A foundation more accurately represents how the Mars One team feels about this mission, and how the world has embraced our plan, even in this early stage. 

"We receive so many kind and supportive emails, people offer donations or offer to helpin whatever way they can. The conversion to a foundation represents that going to Mars is something we do as a united world.”

In the first half of 2013 Mars One will launch the Astronaut Selection Program, a search to find the best candidates for the 'next giant leap of mankind'. The search will be global, open to every person from every nation. As a Foundation, Mars One will be the owner of the human outpost on Mars, the simulation bases on Earth, and the employer of the astronauts, both in training here on Earth, and those on Mars.

Arno Wielders, co-founder and technical director of Mars One: “Sending humans to Mars has been my dream for twenty years. Evidently, I am not alone--we have received emails from over fifty countries."

"People in thirty seven countries have purchased our merchandise, demonstrating their support for Mars One. Regardless of their background, people are positive about this optimistic event that we believe will bring people of Earth a little bit closer together.”