Monthly Archives: September 2015

Virtual Reality Apps for iPhones

This my list of virtual reality apps that run iOS on iPhones. These apps are suitable for smartphone virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard or the KMart Virtual Reality Headset I reviewed a few weeks back.

This list is by no means complete but contains the ones that I’ve used and found to be useful. As I don’t have a gamepad controller for my iPhone, I haven’t included any that require a controller to operate. Some do make use of the the magnet, but I’ve never found it to be that reliable.

Note: some of these links are affiliate links and provide me a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only link to apps that I use and like.

Mobile VR Station

Mobile VR Station on the App Store
Scan with your phone to open in the App Store!

This app allows you to play videos using your virtual reality headset. It’ll play ordinary 2D videos in split screen side by side, but the real beauty of the app comes when you watch videos that have been recorded for 3D virtual reality. It will project these specially recorded videos in half or full 360 degree domes, so you can immersively look around.

It’ll play videos via uPNP from media servers on your network. There are a few issues though. For instance, it will only support the video formats supported by iOS. This meant for iOS8 up to 1920×1080 resolution. This means that for some videos published on the web you’ll need to convert them before they’ll be playable. Still definitely worth the price. Get it here.

Download on the App Store

Roller Coaster VR

Roller Coaster VR on the App Store
Scan with your phone to open in the App Store!

This is a 3D graphical demo of a roller coaster ride around a tropical jungle island. Look at the lever to your right hand side to get it started. It really is quite an impressive experience! Get it here.

Download on the App Store

 

DiveCityCoaster

DiveCityCoaster on the App Store
Scan with your phone to open in the App Store!

Here’s another 3D roller coaster demo, this one made by the company behind Durovis Dive, intended to demonstrate their headset. It’ll work with any type of VR smartphone headset though, so it’s still worth a look. Interestingly I did find there was a bit of gyroscope drift with this one. Still very impressive. Get it here.

Download on the App Store

Constructing a Prusa i3 Rework – Purchase List

I’ve been constructing a RepRap Prusa i3 Rework. Instead of buying a full kit, I’ve bought components from different suppliers choosing the best economical options I could find for each part.

Here is the purchase list of what I’ve bought and where(prices listed are in Australia Dollars):

6mm CNC Cut Plywood Frame – $34.10 – eBay seller 3dprinter_frame

MK2B 12V 24V PCB Heat Bed for Prusa Mendel – $11.07 – eBay Seller elec-mall

5x NTC 3950 Thermistor 100K with 1 metre wire – $5.05 – eBay Seller satisfyelectronics

6x 8mm x 495mm 304 Stainless Steel Smooth Rods – $25 + $9 shipping – eBay Seller billsrepairs

12x LM8UU Linear Bearing for 8mm Shaft – $11.80 – eBay Seller morellitech

10x 624ZZ 4mm x 13mm x 5mm Radial Ball Bearings – $3.30 – eBay Seller shanghaimagicbox4

10x 608ZZ Deep Grove Ball Bearing – $4.99 – eBay Seller shanghaimagicbox4

Borosilicate Glass Plate 200mm x 214 mm – $18 + $7 shipping – eBay Seller learcnc

3mm Cork Heated Bed Insulation – $12.95 – eBay Seller layr3dprinting

2x ACME Leadscrew Tr8x8 300m Brass Nut – $43.95 – eBay Seller learcnc

5x 38mm Nema17 Stepper Motors – $69.85 – eBay Seller learcnc

2m GT2 Timing Belt 2mm Pitch 6mm Width – $5.90 + $2.50 shipping – eBay Seller learcnc

2x GT2 20T Pulley 8mm Bore – $12.90 – eBay Seller learcnc

RepRap Prusa i3 Rework 1.5 ABS 3D Printed Plastic Parts -$37.95 – eBay Seller vuuee

Short J-Head Extruder with Nozzle Heater and Thermistor – $32.00 – eBay Seller billsrepairs

3x Economy Mechanical Endstop – $13.35 + $3.00 shipping – eBay Seller learcnc

This list is a work in progress, I’ll be updating it as I go along. It’s possible some of these items aren’t the right ones. I’ll have to figure that out as I assemble it.

Thyme and Oregano

Creating a Balcony Herb Garden

Updated: See the bottom of the post for what it looks like after 3.5 months!

We’ve been growing some herbs on our balcony for a while, but mostly in their original pots from the nursery. Over the last couple of days I’ve replaced them with some new plants in new pots.

I purchased two rectangular Yates Artesian Classic planter boxes from Bunnings in a terracotta colour. We’ve got another similar Yates Artesian pot for our fern that seems to go great. They’re good because they’re self watering with a large base storage of water which is good for us as our balcony gets quite dry and we don’t always get to water them.

I chose them because I remember Don Burke from Burke’s Backyard mentioned many times that you’re better to get a plastic terracotta look pot than a real terracotta pot. They’re much lighter, last better and don’t dry the plants out as much. The tubs cost $15 each from Bunnings and hold 10 Litres of soil each.

The labels on the Yates pots are annoying though, being hard to properly remove!

We bought the herbs as seedlings from The Plant Shack at Deception Bay, who’s owners have always given us great service. We got:

They cost us $18 for the four.

Update: Here’s what it looks like in late December:

3.5 Months Later: Italian Parsley and Garlic Chives
3.5 Months Later: Italian Parsley and Garlic Chives
3.5 Months Later: Thyme and Oregano
3.5 Months Later: Thyme and Oregano