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Author: Connor DeFanti

Author: Connor DeFanti

VRite

I have been working hard on my thesis, but it’s nice to take a break from thinking about it every once in a while, so I’m going to talk about something different today. I recently celebrated my 27th birthday, so naturally, cubes have been on my mind (wait, what do you mean that’s weird?)… In…

Thesis Preview

This will be a shorter post than usual because I’ve been quite busy. Each day, I’m coming closer and closer to writing my Ph.D. thesis, and I wanted to give a very quick summary of what it will cover. Over the past 5 years at the FRL, I’ve been studying VR and AR, particularly in…

Weekly Shaders

I am getting closer and closer to graduation, which means that I am getting busier and busier. Sometimes, I find it helps to take a mental break from intense focus and think about something else for a little bit. So, today I’d like to write about something I find fun to program. One of the…

Toy Blocks

When I was a kid, I used to enjoy playing with toy blocks. They were colorful and varied in size, but were otherwise nondescript. However, I never noticed the plainness of the blocks as a kid. To me, they were infinite in form, anything but plain. In those blocks, I saw buildings, spaceships, monsters, and…

Masks

Happy Halloween from the FRL! To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to talk about masks and avatars in the virtual world. I’ve always found the idea of choosing your appearance to be interesting. In online games and forums, people have been choosing avatars to represent themselves for decades. Sometimes, people will attempt to…