Browsed by
Category: Interesting or Cool

Demo scenes are not dead

Demo scenes are not dead

Massive in the 90’s, Demoscenes are not dead. Revision 2024 demo party just took place March 29th to April 1st in Saarbrücken Germany.

There was music, seminars, videos, livestreams, a 5k run, and of course – amazing code demos. This included some competing 256-byte demos here. One of the best was a post-apocalyptic black-and-white city created with just 256 bytes of Gopher code running on DOS.

Fractal VR experience

Fractal VR experience

While most of VR is focused on creating 3D worlds like we currently know them – some artists are experimenting with mathematically generated audio-visual journeys.

Recombination is an VR album by Dutch artist Julius Horsthuis. When it launched a year ago, the VR app offered eight experiences that take you on a journey through beautiful mathematical spaces

Algebra of Awe is another of his works that focuses more on fractal geometry.

Article:

3D from 2D photographs

3D from 2D photographs

Emm used her iPhone 12 Pro + @Scenario3d iphone app to generate this 3D image of her daughter.

Scenario makes a number of products. Read more about Scenario3d here.

LumiLabs also has some of their own offerings to capture scenes.

Articles:

AI based fighter pilots – now for real

AI based fighter pilots – now for real

Back in 2016, I wrote about how a grad student created a fighter pilot AI that was able to defeat a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Gene “Geno” Lee. It was so good that it didn’t do it just once. It shot him down every time.

Fast forward just 8 years and now there is the real thing.

The US military has tested an AI-controlled F16 named X-62A in a dogfight with an actual test pilot. The Variable Stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft, or “VISTA” for short, is essentially a modified F16 fighter jet controlled by AI that has previously conducted multiple test flights to demonstrate the capabilities of its artificial pilot (via The Telegraph).

In a press release, the USAF Test Pilot School and DARPA revealed that they initially tested various defensive maneuvers with the AI controlled jet to establish initial in-flight safety, before engaging in air-to-air simulated combat with another F16 in the skies above Edwards air force base in California last year.

It’s not clear if the tested dogfights were limited purely to aerial combat maneuvers with simulated weapons fire or how it did against live pilots. However, a previous AI developed by Heron Systems as part of a DARPA tournament was able to defeat a human pilot in five out of five tested scenarios.

Articles:

Backrooms photo was from a furniture store in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Backrooms photo was from a furniture store in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

It’s official. Farrell McGuire has found the actual location of the famous backrooms photo.

For almost 20 years people have tried to figure out the location of this mysterious photo that spawned an entire genre of creepy pasta writings, videos, and games. It’s location has been investigated for years – but the location is elusive because there’s almost no history of the photo online and so few clues.

McGuire did a lot of investigation into the image. He tried everything from low level digital file and image forensics to reverse image searches. Most notably he made some fascinating guesses. One of the more interesting observations was that the strange walls, including some that don’t go all the way to the ceiling, reminded him of older furniture store show floors. Searches, however, lead to too many dead ends and it was uncertain how to narrow things down more. There’s been a lot of furniture stores over the years.

Only a few weeks after his original video, a breakthrough was discovered. It turns out someone HAD found the original image. Way back in 2019 a Twitter user (@rkfg_me) posted it – but nobody noticed. Here’s an EXACT binary copy of the image that started it all:

The original link is dead, but the Internet Wayback machine had a copy. Here’s the original image: https://web.archive.org/web/20040702085556/https://hobbytownoshkosh.com/Dsc00161.jpg

And the domain name gives it away. It’s location is the HobbyTown in Oshkosh Wisconsin. It’s also connected to a shop called Fabulous Finds next door that shared some of the original space.

The picture was from when Hobbytown employees were renovating the building from it’s previous owner: Rohner’s Furniture store. Location: 807 Oregon St, Oshkosh, WI 54902. The store was purchased by Hobbytown and the photo was from when they renovated the empty upstairs showroom to convert it into a RC racetrack.

Amazing.

Previous investigation video with many of the twists and turns he took while investigating the photo:

Other interesting links:

Video walkthrough of the current Hobbytown space so you don’t have to go visit.

Lenovo still leads, Dell took a beating

Lenovo still leads, Dell took a beating

Everyone is down in PC sales (except Huawie), but Dell took a particularly bad beating this year.

Vendor (company)2023 shipments2023 market share2022 shipments2022 market shareAnnual growth
Lenovo15,53638.00%19,25339.00%-19.00%
HP4,30910.00%4,3809.00%-2.00%
Huawei3,98610.00%3,5767.00%11.00%
Dell3,1488.00%5,64411.00%-44.00%
Asus2,8637.00%3,7708.00%-24.00%
Others11,39928.00%12,87626.00%-11.00%
Total41,240100.00%49,499100.00%-17.00%

Articles:

AI generated short films using LTX Studio

AI generated short films using LTX Studio

AI video platform LTX Studio is now open for users to get stuck in and make short films, storyboards and other generative productions all from a simple text prompt. Simply type the film idea or a full synopsis of your desired creation and then set the visual aesthetic, aspect ratio, inspiration and your virtual casting for a selection of AI generated characters.

It utilizes dozens of AI models to generate the script, add voice narration, background music, sound effects, and generate the image and video elements.

Other AI video tools create more realistic video, speech tools with more realistic speech and lip sync available in both Pika Labs and Runway — but for each of those you still have to make a series of short clips and they have poor character consistency.

It has a lot of limitations; but it absolutely could be used for previsualization and concept pieces.

Articles: