Thought you knew everything about VR?

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Gaming’s seen quite a marvelous evolutionary journey from then to now. The next step’s obviously VR. Oculus redefined immersive gaming, and HTC Vive took it a step forward. Shadow VR shows that the future is still incomplete. VR is nothing without reality, and Shadow VR brings that into play. Designed to provide an experience that is so state of the art, it seems unbelievably natural, the Shadow VR is more than a headset and controllers. The entire kit is highly immersive, containing everything from a depth camera that maps your surroundings, smart wristbands with electromyographic sensors for accurate gesture tracking and control, a CPU mounted on your shoulders so that you can forget about wires, gear with force-feedback tech for tactile feedback, and even a vibration module for enhanced haptic feedback. All this is packaged in an absolutely WICKED setup that allows you to look like an Assassin’s Creed warrior from the future!

What sets the Shadow VR apart from every other VR gaming experience there is how natural this is. When you sword-fight, does it feel natural holding a sword in your hand, or a game controller? The former, I’m guessing. Shadow VR allows you to interact naturally with your environment. Clench your fists and swing your arm when you want to throw a punch. There’s no button for that. Force Feedback will actually allow your hand to feel resistance when your fist hits the virtual enemy. It’s that sophisticated.

Shadow VR also boasts of a MR or Mixed reality mode. That basically allows you to switch to Augmented Reality, allowing you to actually see virtual elements interacting with the stuff around you (like Gal Gadot reading a magazine on your living room sofa). Bachelor fantasies, I say! Shadow VR is definitely the future I look forward to!

Designers: Antoine Beynel, Markus Wierzoch, Shaun Choi & Ben Collette.

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Pick a cloud, any cloud.

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What if I told you that it’s possible to take clouds and force them to rain? Cloud seeding’s been around for a while. The Chinese government used it extensively before the Beijing Olympics to reduce air pollution. Cloudcraft is a massive conceptual skyscraper conceived for California, which has been facing droughts for a while now. Aimed at combating primarily drought and famine, the Cloudcraft can also reduce pollution, and temperature. Designed to look like trees with branches facing upwards, these massive cloudscrapers are built on the coastline, targeting clouds carrying large amounts of atmospheric moisture. As the cloud hovers over the large structure, silver iodide (sometimes even salt) particles are shot into it. These crystalline particles cause the super-cooled water vapor to condense around it, making rainfall inevitable.

Designers: Michael Militello & Amar Shah.

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Constant cleaning

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What does a Vacuum Cleaner do that an Air Purifier doesn’t? Nothing. They’re both the same machine, just with slight modifications made to the layout of components, and the intensity of the internal fan. Purifi is a handheld vacuum cleaner that can be used to suck in household dust and dirt, but once you dock it in its charger, it powers on a low-intensity mode to purify air. The paper filter/bag that collects dust is replaced by a HEPA filter that absorbs the dirt, and can be washed clean and used again. Neat!

Designer: Nicole Assini

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Constant cleaning

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What does a Vacuum Cleaner do that an Air Purifier doesn’t? Nothing. They’re both the same machine, just with slight modifications made to the layout of components, and the intensity of the internal fan. Purifi is a handheld vacuum cleaner that can be used to suck in household dust and dirt, but once you dock it in its charger, it powers on a low-intensity mode to purify air. The paper filter/bag that collects dust is replaced by a HEPA filter that absorbs the dirt, and can be washed clean and used again. Neat!

Designer: Nicole Assini

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Shrouded Structures

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Apical Reform’s self-designed new headquarters are distinguished by a striking slatted facade that serves dual purposes. Visually, it creates a soft fabric-like illusion as if it the entire inner structure were draped over. Functionally, it creates a shaded barrier for the interior without completely obstructing views of the surrounding landscape. Depending on the time of day, the vertical slats restrict or allow light to permeate depending on the sun’s position. The seemingly random waves seem ever-changing, almost flowing, as shadows and highlights move along the surface.

Designer: Apical Reform

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