For much less money, visit Skegness Pier and have a go on the thirty year old Simulator Ride!
Those of you who've always fancied a trip to 30km above the Earth's surface, but have neither the money nor a pair of cojones the size of a plucky Playmonaut's, are directed to this interesting KickStarter campaign in support of a "Virtual Ride to Space". Dr Aaron Knoll - a "lecturer in the field of plasma propulsion" at …
Why on earth would anyone voluntarily go to Skeggie? My Gran lived all her life less than 10 miles from the place yet she'd never go. She'd rather go to Boston or Lincoln. I was on holiday with her and said, 'can we go to Skegness?' The look I received said everything I needed to know.
Years later I asked my mother why gran had such a hatred of the place.
She smiled and said, 'That was where she caught her husband who was supposed to be on his way to the Med to fight Rommel knocking off her next door neighbor.
I went once. The cold wind whipped off a grey North Sea so I left in a hurry. A few miles inland it was a really nice day. Never been back.
Panda's Palace! Those hand-powered carts were fantastic! Plus, the big arcades opposite the Embassy introduced me to Nemesis, Starbike, Jackal, Double Dragon, Toobin', 720 etc. And no-one, and I do mean no-one, could knock off my high scores on Mappy. Pity they're just full of gambling machines and the odd big cabinet now.
The Oculus Rift is so pixellated it just reminds me of my 1980's experience of VR. It's good enough to make you feel insecure, but it's still low resolution video and underwhelming. Please lift your sights Oculus Rift. (I tried the latest Oculus Rift last month. I know that they're about to improve the resolution, but it's embarassingly low now.)
@Sir Runcible Spoon: I'd the display to cover my entire visual field and I don't want to be able to detect any pixellation. I think I'd be satisfied with around 36 kpixels x 36 kpixels*, per eye. Then I wouldn't be reminded of the even more pixellated view through 1980's VR headsets. Oculus Rift is better than the 1980's, but it shouldn't show jaggies on curved lines and edges!
* that would at least allow a reasonable 0.3 arc minutes per pixel in the centre. That might be difficult with a TFT device. Maybe I need an implanted individually steerable nano laser array, embedded or in contact with each eye so that any rod or cone can be directly stimulated?
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