RA y RV : Proyecto Final

En nuestro último trabajo de la clase de informática 103, tuvimos que hacer una presentación y varias entrevistas a expertos del campo de Realidad Virtual y Realidad Aumentada.

¿Que es Realidad Virtual?

  • La Realidad Virtual es la inmersión sensorial a un nuevo mundo. En pocas palabras, es entrando a un mundo nuevo.

¿Que es Realidad Aumentada?

  • Tecnología que permite superponer elementos virtuales sobre nuestra visión de la vida. En otras palabras no puedes ver a simple vista las cosas pero por medio de un artefacto puedes verlo de manera virtual.

Historia de Realidad Virtual:

  • En el periodo del 1956 al 1972. Se creó la primera máquina de VR, por Morto Heiling. También en este periodo creo los headsights para motivos de la milicia.
  • En el periodo del 1979 al 2007. Se implementó el VR en los cascos de los pilotos de la milicia. También la NASA creó su primer simulador a 180 grados. No olvidemos que para el 2007 Google introdujo el Google Street View.
  • En el periodo del 2014 al 2018, la actualidad. Salió el Samsung Gear VR, pero ese modelo no se puede utilizar con espejuelos, para las personas con espejuelos no podían apreciar el VR. Pero, con el paso de los años lanzaron el Oculus Go. Este artefacto si se puede utilizar espejuelos.

Historia de la Realidad Aumentada:

     – La invención de la realidad aumentada se le atribuye a Thomas P. Caudell que en el 1992, la compañía de aeronave más grande del mundo Boeing le pide que trabaje para su compañía.

    – Thomas P. Caudell se da cuenta que los ingenieros pierden mucho tiempo leyendo y estudiando las instrucciones y es por esto que Thomas se da a la tarea de crear una artefacto que facilite el ensamblar las aeronaves.

    -El artefacto que creo Thomas P. Caudell eran unas gafas que se conectaban a una máquina como si fuera una tableta y se ponía al frente de la aeronaves y asi podias ver las instrucciones.

    -Gracias a este invento, la compañía de Boeing tuvo más éxito y se les hizo más fácil ensamblar las naves.

    -Thomas P. Caudell dice que la tecnología está tan avanzada que de 5 a 10 años, no tan solo se utilizara la realidad aumentada para trabajar si no que lo podrás utilizar en tu diario vivir.

Descripción de realidad Aumentada:

  • Se le llama realidad Aumentada ya que lo que hace es incrementar la información que tenemos en nuestro mundo físico.
  • a realidad aumentada mantiene el campo visual físico del usuario y le añade elementos virtuales.
  • La tecnología mezcla elementos de la vida real con virtualidad en tiempo real, y por eso uno de los fuertes de la realidad aumentada es cómo las personas interactúan con lo que están viendo en el momento. Gracias a esta tecnología se puede añadir información visual a la realidad, y crear todo tipo de experiencias interactivas. Para todo tipo de uso ya sea profesional o de entretenimiento.

Descripción de realidad virtual:

El VR se puede utilizar de varias maneras desde usarlo en tu celular o en una consola de videojuegos. Por ejemplo, en el celular puedes comprar aplicaciones exclusivas para utilizar un VR y entonces al ya tener estas aplicaciones tienes que tener el VR set para poner celular y disfrutar de la aplicación. En una consola de videojuegos es bastante parecido, pero con la diferencia que el VR set tiene que estar conectado a la consola y que la consola tenga aplicaciones compatibles para el VR. Existen múltiples VR sets hoy en día con diferentes aplicaciones y unos de mejor calidad que otros.

Aplicaciones de realidad aumentada:

Aplicaciones donde puedes ver y utilizar la realidad aumentadas son muy comunes. Google translate es una la cual mediante tu teléfono celular puedes a tiempo real traducir palabras , fraces o oraciones. Solo con posicionar  el celular encima de la palabra la traduce automáticamente. Pokémon go ! Es otra aplicacion dinámica la cual puedes interactuar con los personajes de la saga, los puedes capturar y ponerlos en batalla, verlos en tu mundo real . En fin existen muchas aplicaciones que se puede utilizar la realidad aumentada.

Aplicaciones de realidad virtual:

Cada VR tiene sus propias aplicaciones que son exclusivas para ese VR pero en ocasiones puedes ver una aplicación con distintos VR sets. El Oculus rift tiene varias aplicaciones como Echo Combat que es un juego que salió recientemente en el cual viajas en el espacio. El Playstation VR set tiene una aplicación que se llama Star Trek: the Bridge Crew la cual puede ser parte del “crew” en la nave de Star Trek y ser hasta el capitán de la nave espacial. Entonces el HTC Vive VR tiene una aplicación que se llama Job simulator en el cual estás sentado en una oficina haciendo trabajos. Por último está el Samsung VR que como todos los otros VR sets que he mencionado tiene muchas aplicaciones pero la más conocida es la de Minecraft que es un juego que ya existía para Xbox pero hicieron una versión en la cual puedes usar un VR

Identidades de Twitter en el mundo de la Realidad Virtual:

– @Cymatic Bruce https://twitter.com/CymaticBruce quien es co-fundador de la compañía Silicon Valley Virtual Reality además de una persona muy reconocida en el mundo de la realidad Virtual.

-@hbarra https://twitter.com/hbarra es el vicepresidente de la realidad virtual en Facebook y Oculus Rift.

-@tipatat https://twitter.com/tipatat es asesor y mentor en muchas compañías internacionales de realidad virtual ,además crea videos para 360 y videos para la realidad aumentada y realidad virtual.

En el mundo de la realidad virtual hay muchos website y blogs que nos cuenta lo último que salido. Estos son algunos de los websites que más me llamaron la atención:

Virtual Reality Pop podemos encontrar técnicas, noticias y comparaciones entre los diferentes equipos de realidad virtual.

VRScout además de noticias, también tienen post acerca de los artistas y personas importantes en el mundo de VR.

Road to VR podremos encontrar noticias dirigidas al consumidor.

En este link podrán encontrar las entrevistas que le hicimos a expertos de Realidad aumentada y Realidad Virtual.

Aquí esta Nuestra Presentación de RV y RA .

Aqui podran ver el trailer de la primera serie animada que fue creada completamente en Puerto Rico,  Fantomville. https://vimeo.com/277217834

Este fue creado por la compañía Gladius LLC, que ofrecen servicios de animación, film y efectos especiales, videojuegos, realidad virtual, realidad aumentada y visualización. Son la única compañía que producen todo en la isla.

http://www.gladius.pr/index.php

Links y Referencias:

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Singing in the Rain: The transition from silent film to “Talking Pictures”.

The silent film era started in the nineteenth century, with the works from the Lumière Brothers. In the early stages of cinema, they were no synchronized recorded sounds but rather, motion pictures and title cards indicating the dialogue and what may be the plot of the story. It wasn’t until the late 1920’s where they started to perfect the use of sound in film. “Talking pictures” or “talkies “for short, opposed from silent films, they synchronized sound with moving images; causing a big evolution in the movie industry. On 1927, “The Jazz Singer” was released and became the first feature-length motion picture to have synchronized music score and lip-synchronous singing.

Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” is the first line ever spoken  in a feature film .

Being a revolutionary thing in cinema, of course, there’s going to be technical difficulties along the way. Hollywood used the idea of the transitions between eras and made it into a film. Thus, in 1952 “Singing in the Rain” was born. The movie is about Dom Lockwood and Lina Lamont, two superstars from silent film movies. After “The Jazz Singer” came out in theaters, their studio, the Monumental company, decided to start doing “talkies“. However, Lina Lamont doesn’t have the voice to do “talking pictures“. Throughout the film, Dom meets Kathy Selden an inspiring actress. He finds out that she can sing and so Dom uses her as a voice over for Lina Lamont on his next film.

Singing in the Rain” other than being an amazing musical, it showed us the hardship that film-makers and actors had when the transition from silent to “talkies” took place. Silent films depended on facial expressions and overused mannerism to convey the feelings on to the audience but many actors weren’t ready or capable of “talking pictures“. In the film, they showed the the actors taking vocal coaching and being careful how they pronounced the words. Just like Lina Lamont, some actors weren’t made for talking in the film.

On the technical side, in the film you could see the way the production worked was completely changed. On the set of silent films, the director and the crew could be talking and screaming on set because all they need was moving images. But, when it came to recording for a “talkie” they had to be completely quiet so that the microphone would only record the actor’s voices and not outside noise. Other technical difficulties were how they needed to adjust the microphones correctly so that it could pick up the actors voices or how the motion picture sometimes couldn’t sync with the sound. The film “Singing in the Rain” is a great example of how Hollywood transitions from silent movies to “talking pictures“; showing the effect that it had the actors and in film-making.

 

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Feedly! Tarea 10

For the class of INF103 we discussed about Feedly . This website is an innovative way  to organize , read and share your favorite content ; all in one place. I divided my Feedly into two categories: my personal Interest and professional work . Here’s what I have on my feed:

Personal Interest:

Bloody Disgusting! – News blog about horror and suspense movies.

Film School Rejects – A website where they review , analyze and talk about all things film related.

Crunchyroll – news about all things anime ( Japanese animation)

My nintendo News – Blog talking about the latest Nintendo news and content.

MTV News – News about the latest music content.

Professional Work

Business Insider – an American financial and business news website.

El Nuevo Día –  One of the biggest Newspaper From Puerto Rico .

Mashable – News about the entertainment media.

National Geographic – News about the world’s premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure.

TIME – American weekly magazine talking about the latest news.

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Overlord: Movie Review

Overlord is a 2018 war action horror film directed by Julius Avery and produced by J.J. Abrams. The plot follows Private Boyce and his comrades on the Eve of D-day( Invasion of Normandy); when they are on a mission to destroy a transmitter located in a radio tower atop a fortified church.  This needs to be done in honor for the Allied forces to have air support once they storm the beaches. When they land on the ground, they stumble upon a woman scavenging for food and money to support her family. She leads the soldiers towards a small French village where the transmitter is, but underneath the church, strange experiments have been happening.

Just to get it out of the way, this film doesn’t have anything to do with the Cloverfield franchise. J.J. Abrams produces an action-packed horror film that takes place during WWII. Did I mention that it has zombies too? This movie starts out with a great action-packed opening sequence, showing the paratroopers getting ready to jump out of the plane to land on the ground. But, focusing on the team slowly losing their patience, bouncing knees and being a nervous wreck it proceeds to give great shots since the beginning of the movie.

Overlord is a good blend of action and horror; something we don’t see a lot in films. The movie feels like a B-movie but doesn’t fall into it. Giving us good actions sequences and goriness with a touch of zombies; Nazi zombies to be exact. Providing us scary moments and unnerving imagery.

What the movie ceases to have is a defining purpose of the plot.  The movie starts by being a war film, to a rescue mission and ends in a zombie movie. It didn’t know how to define itself, but the action / gory scenes and the storytelling helped the film not fall short.

Like video games? Overlord is if  COD zombies and Wolfenstein were smashed together into a full-length film.  If you’re a gamer or a horror movie enthusiast, Overlord is a movie just for you.

I give this movie 3 / 5 zombie heads.

Trailer for Overlord :

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Flâneur, Poe, and Christopher Nolan’s “Following”

 

Flâneur comes from a French noun and it means “stroller”, “lounger” or “sauntered”. The word Flâneur proceeds from Flânerie which is the act of strolling. The meaning of this word was drawn by rich associations or men that for take the causal leisure. The concept of Flâneur was exerted in the 19th century when urbanization and industrialization were in the making. This kind of concept was explored in a literary and artistic sense by Charles Baudelaire in his essay “The Painter of Modern Life”. In this essay, he explores the processes of modernism and how the world is constantly changing. He tells about the shifting conditions of modernity and how it changes the people and their surroundings. Through the essay, Baudelaire dives into the concept of Flâneur in a more philosophical and literary rather than the concrete act of Flâneur; the author assimilates it with strolling by but in a more complex tone. The act of strolling by and relate to the reality of the changes. Baudelaire describes that act happens when you’re around the cities and the crowd; when you hold still and spectate your surroundings, embracing each person’s individuality. By also watching other people, you enter into a state of self-reflection

Throughout this decade many writers were inspired by the literary phenomenon that is flâneur. Strangely enough one of them was the gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe. Baudelaire being the translator for Edgars works, it wasn’t a coincidence that he too was influenced by flâneur and you could find it in his short story “The Man in the Crowd”.

After being named of an unknown illness, the main character sits in a coffee shop and stares into the window, fascinated by the crowd outside. The narrator takes his time into describing us the reader’s small details about each person or group he sees “a decrepit old man, some sixty-five or seventy years of age man” ( Edgar Allan Poe, A Man in the Crowd) peaks his interest and starts following him around the city.

Me being a movie buff I can’t help but think how the literary concept that is flâneur and Poe’s thrilling story that is “A man in the crowd” has a lot of similarities with Christopher Nolan’s first film “Following”.  The “Following” starts an unemployed young writer and he takes pleasure in following strangers in the streets of London. One day following a stranger, the man takes notice that’s he’s being followed and introduces himself as Cobb. He tells the young writer about his hobby that is breaking into people’s houses and enjoys robbing or misplacing other people’s items.

Baudelaire says that to reach a certain enlightenment and ideas you have to experience flâneur. We can say that the main character for takes this literary phenomenon in an extreme way; by following people until he has reached an idea has he trying to be an inspiring writer (which in the film he failed). The main character also has similarities with the main narrator of “A man in the crown”. Plot-wise from being in the coffee shop and admiring people to both get fixated in the same person and start to follow them between the crowds.

An interesting similarity “A man in the Crowd” and the “Following” have is how the plot is just a big cycle. The film starts with a scene from the future and ends with us finding out how everything was part of the plan and how the main character was the one being followed this whole time. In “A Man in the crown” it’s more ambiguous, its starts with us seeing the narrator fixated with one person and end with them still being obsessed with the old man but not telling us the readers more about him just left on midair.

From characters to plot and settings; the following and “A man in the crown” have a lot in common. Characters obsessed with peculiar people to reach a certain idea. The plot in a sense of they both enjoyed following people has their hobby lastly, the setting where they took place in large cities with big crowds.

The concept of flâneur created by Charles Baudelaire has influenced big writers such as Poe and picked up and reinforced by Walter Benjamin who has open discussions with scholars. Till this day poetry about flâneur is being discussed and related because the theme of modernization and urbanization is always going to be in the table because the world is constantly changing and modernizing themselves through the years to come.

 

 

Bibliography

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Christopher Nolan “Following”

“A Man in the Crowd.” Complete Tales and Poems, Web Books.

Aimée Boutin (2012) Rethinking the Flâneur: Flânerie and the Senses, Dix-Neuf

Walter Benjamin, “the Flâneur, and Redemption.”

Augmented Reality

From snapchat filters, surgical procedures to maps for airplanes; the technological advancement that is Augmented Reality has been increasing in today’s society . Augmented reality or AR for short is a term that was born in 1992 when scientist , Thomas P Caudell was helping develop Boeing 747; the first wide-body airplane ever produced. He came up with the idea to install the maps and coordinates in the airplane’s window where the pilot was; giving him an easy access to the maps. Thus the concept of Augmented Reality was born.

But, What exactly Augmented Reality? Is a piece of technology that expands our physical world, adding layers of digital information to it. Augmented reality maintains the user’s physical visual field and adds virtual elements to our world. What does increase the information that we have of the physical world in which we move, and not replace it. In today’s society, AR can be used in interactive concepts such as computers, tablets, and smartphones. It can be used in two ways : for entertainment (Pokemon Go! app) or for profesional (Measure app) used. Thanks to this technology you can add visual information to reality, and create all kinds of interactive experiences.

Here’s a link to my diigo account : https://www.diigo.com/user/ana_sofia53

Here’s a link to the slideshare presentation : https://bit.ly/2Qdfekj

 

 

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Women in Horror Films: Commentary

When it comes to horror; many women have taken iconic roles within the movies. This can be seen in movies such as: “Carrie” where the title character takes her revenge, Ripley fighting “Aliens“, and Laurie being brave enough to fight Michael Myers on “Halloween“. In a gruesome genre such as Horror, people tend to forget those iconic characters and remember the victims, the screamers, the beggars for their life. Now just like women within the film, the industry also tends to forget the women that make them.

On the latest interview with Polygon, Jason Blum, an American director and CEO of Blumhouse production was caught off guard when they asked him about the lack of female directors in his production house he said, and I quote, “There are not a lot of female directors period and even less who are inclined to do horror”. Trying to save what he just said, he tried to justify it with how he wanted to work with female director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) but she turned him down. Making things worse; he proceeded to ask his assistant names of directors which just caused to make a mockery out of himself. This comment coming from a well-known person in the horror industry came out as a shocker. Even after he posted an apology in his official Twitter, it sparked a conversation within the community.

Being a female in an industry full of raging men is a tough thing to live by. The thing is that Hollywood portrays that there are not enough women interested in the industry, but they’re wrong. It’s the lack of opportunities that they can give to them that makes it hard. If you’re sitting down in a room full of people, ready to present your idea and it could be a great one, but they will give a go to the guy next to you because you never had the chance to make a project in the first place.  It’s the job of production houses, such as Blumhouse, to scout and give the opportunity of making a film to anyone, regardless of gender. There’s plenty of female directors but they haven’t been given the platform to do it. There are talented women all around, you just have to give them a chance.

One of the biggest bias that horror movies have is that women can’t enjoy or create horror. It is a genre that has a mindset of only being full of men. On this day and age, it’s time to break that mold, but the fact remains that if this is how he thinks; this could be the same mindset of many people within the industry. Statements, just like the one Blum said, represent the lack of knowledge and the open mindset that some people in Hollywood have. Comments like this overshadow many creative women that have done horror films throughout the years, and even recently there’s been a big wave of women making great films from this kind of genre.

Rather than shutting them down let’s embrace and support our fellow female horror filmmakers and give them the opportunity to create and feed us fear that we sometimes crave when we are watching a horror film. Let them not be the victims that we see within the movie, but the iconic heroes of it.

Here’s a link to a list of female horror directors: enjoy!

 

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