Sunday, December 4, 2016

KGSP - Escaping Reality

So normally time just kinda passes and I don't really pay attention to it much. I just keep focusing on the next deadline and next deadline and next thing I know another week has passed, another month has passed, a year has passed.

It's a bit scary in a way, because it just seems like well, time is passing. And what am I really doing with this time? Most of the time the answer is just "more lab work". And this week really doesn't break that mold. However, it was lab work that really hit home that time is passing.

It's also a special week when you have tiramisu pizza.

I had my thesis topic presentation on Tuesday. It's the first of four presentations related to my thesis and honestly in the grand scheme of things it's not really that important. However, the fact that I had to do a presentation on my thesis is already a pretty big milestone.

At the very least it's a sign of things to come I guess. This is really it. The beginning of the end. My thesis represents the culmination of my studies, and the fact that the progress has officially started really does mean my studies here in Korea is coming to an end.

Picture: the end. And no that's not me.

It feels weird. On one hand there's so much work awaiting for me, but on the other, I'm almost done. Hopefully. Regardless, it is a milestone in my studies here so that was interesting. My topic is going to be related to augmented reality, a technology that I personally find pretty cool.

Speaking of cool reality altering things, our lab also got a HTC Vive this week. For those that don't know, a Vive is a virtual reality headset similar to the Oculus Rift. Essentially, it's like a helmet that has two screens, one for each eye, so that you can play games like you're in them.

It also makes you look like a random B movie science fiction character from the 90s.

It wasn't my first time with virtual reality, but I've only ever used the Oculus DK2, which is an older version. This one has a much higher resolution and tracking and so the experience was really cool. Not only that but the Vive comes with two specialized controllers.

The demos I've tried all make great use of the controllers and so you can just kinda play games and experience a completely different world through this device. It's kind of amazing really. Our lab is planning on using it for some projects, but I don't think I'll have a chance to work with it.

But what's more amazing is that these chips exist in our reality.

But that's fine, it's cool that I get to play around with it anyways. Having the chance to just kind of experience something new and have fun was really nice. I miss playing games and having fun.

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