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Guides, how-to’s and tutorials for some of our biggest engineering challenges.

June 08, 2016

The 10-Step Guide To Developing Your First VR Product

The web is awash in claims that 2016 will be the year of virtual reality. And at first glance, that appears to be true. Multiple high-profile headsets debuted this year, ranging from the Oculus Rift to Samsung’s Gear VR to HTC’s Vive. But the VR community has a little secret: The technology’s blank pages are missing the entertaining, educational content that it will need to thrive. And content creation takes time, especially because the VR community is in the midst of developing the components, best practices, and user base that more mature technologies enjoy.

May 20, 2016

7 Prototyping Tips to Launch Your Product Upward

Conducted in late 1972, the Apollo 17 mission is one of NASA’s greatest achievements. Not only was it the last manned mission to the moon, but it was also an astutely built lander that broke records for the longest manned lunar landing flight (and the longest time in lunar orbit). The lander was undoubtedly an engineering feat. The federal government had given NASA just a few short years to build, test, launch, and successfully return a lander to orbit. Lives were on the line, and with the shrinking NASA budget, the team didn’t have the time or resources to build something that would fail.

May 18, 2016

360 Livestreaming with the Ricoh Theta

We had some time recently between projects to play with our shiny new Ricoh Theta, which we used to photograph the levels in our latest app, Tiny Eye. After a fun brainstorming session with some other Yetis (wherein we were mostly clueless as to the realistic capabilities of the Theta) about cool things we could do with it, we decided to start small and test out the livestreaming capabilities of the Theta - particularly how smooth the experience was with VR goggles on. 

April 26, 2016

Prototyping Your First IoT Product? Here’s What to Expect

The Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t just buzz; it’s big business. Connected technology initiatives are making waves at Microsoft, Dell, and SAP, but they’re also cropping up in unexpected everyday places like farmlands, basketball courts, and bicycle races. Before we know it, the IoT will manage our homes, tend our gardens, and even monitor our mailboxes.

April 19, 2016

VR Is No Gimmick: How Virtual Worlds Will Change Our Reality

Just over 20 years ago, Nintendo debuted the Virtual Boy. Although the device didn’t give us the virtual experience we’d hoped for — and was, in fact, ridiculed at the time for its convoluted controls and cheesy imagery — I still remember playing with the device and feeling like there was something magical about it. That futuristic excitement I felt as a kid has since come to fruition. Although Nintendo charged ahead of its time with the Virtual Boy, it inspired a generation of developers like me to dream about what virtual reality could be.