You can order the MP3s on CD and they come in a pretty box, like a DVD. But what do you do with a box holding one CD that you put on your computer straight away? I think they should give you all the different media if you buy any of them...
The distinction of reality, virtual, perceived, or "real" is dicey at best, or at least the latter two are.
VR has been with us as long as art and language--though it's not clear which of those came first. Listening to a story around a campfire excites a subset of the very nuerons in much the same way as living that story does.
Photography was thought to put painters out of business, instead it brought abstraction and imagination. Movies were assumed to destroy novels, TV assumed to destroy movies, video games to destroy movies, and VR as an entertainment device could destroy them all--but none of that happened.
Novels are an amazing example of VR. You sink into a story, come to know the characters, spend 10-12 hours with them, fear their fears, root for them and love and hate them. But it's just a pile of paper or a stream of bits.
Sharing experience, whether in classrooms, labs, or out in the world, all has components of VR.
The point being that VR is inseparable from the human experience which is inextricable from interaction within societies, cultures, and so forth.
Adding tools can be destructive, but it all depends on how they're used. A major conflict in The Sensory Deception is that the developers want to restrict their VR technology to nature experiences that they believe can benefit humanity but the VCs, of course, want to maximize profit by doing more commercial apps.
OK, so I'm sitting here with Amazon open. Should I buy the paperback or the MP3 CD version? After some serious thought, asking Ransom to sign a CD at DesignCon 2014 just isn't the same as getting an autograph on a printed book.
It's really true! Great minds do think alike! (Or maybe I'm deceiving myself again:) There have been a number of books released by members of the DesignCon Community, including one just in the past few weeks on Signal Integrity Characterization Techniques coauthored by the famous, but sadly retiring, Eric Bogatin and Mike Resso of Agilent.
We'll have a chat session around both in the coming weeks, and anyone who brings a copy to the show can have it autographed the authors. I'm thinking a special authors' event would fit the bill.
Between now and then, though, a kick-off chat on EETimes on Sensory Deception, led by Ransom, would be fascinating! I'll ping him.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 0 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...