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You can now watch the aurora borealis LIVE as viewed from Yellowknife, Canada, using your browser and any VR headset. Thanks to AuroraMax, and using the power of AFrame and WebVR, you too can stand under the stars and see the aurora in real-time as if you were there. The same view is also available if you don’t own a VR headset.

AuroraVR is available from Gnometech here:

Viewing instructions:

  • Desktop browser (not in VR)
    Click and drag to move camera. Click with reticle to use buttons.
  • Mobile browser (Cardboard or other without hand controls)
    Gaze controls to activate buttons
  • GearVR with Oculus browser
    Use either gaze, or the GearVR hand controller
  • Rift or Vive
    Use Firefox 56 or higher.
  • Windows MR
    Use Microsoft Edge (untested)

In addition to a live view of the aurora, you may also watch a video of the last night’s light show. This can be handy if you’re attempting to view during daylight hours, or if Yellowknife happens to be clouded over.



Added a new page to the site that more fully goes over the experience:

For some time now, I’ve been helping the guys at Quantum Capture build out a virtual human toolkit for UnrealEngine 4. This includes head and eye movement, facial emotion display, and lip syncing based on audio clips. The latest demonstration of this tech is collaboration between Quantum Capture and Emteq.

Emteq produces a number of devices that allow for the wearer’s facial muscles to be tracked and used in a variety of applications, such as healthcare and entertainment. At this time their hardware is in the prototype stage, but it is great to see them procedurally drive one of Quantum Capture’s virtual humans (in the above image it is Alyssa) through the tech I worked on.

At AWE Europe 2017, Emteq formally announced the collaboration with Quantum Capture, and publicly showed off their tech. You can see their full demonstration video below.

May has been a busy month. First a demo for CVR2017, and now working with Quantum Capture to put together a demo for AWE2017.

The guys at Quantum Capture turned AWE co-founder and CEO, Ori Inbar, into a virtual human. We then put him into a number of situations depending on if the demoing player puts an Oculus Rift or a Microsoft Hololens on his head. In the house pictured above, when you put on the Hololens, Ori is surrounded by fish as part of a simulated, augmented reality environment.

That’s right, we put AR inside VR. That’s how we roll.

Worked once again with the fine folks at Quantum Capture to put together a virtual reality demo for CVR2017.

This demo, for the Oculus Rift, walks the player through assembling their own virtual human. You start off with a collection of heads to choose from, some of whom are easily distracted by bright objects. You may pick up each head and inspect it, all while the head and eyes stare into your soul.

MorganBot then has you choose a body and cloths for your head. Feel free to place and remove those heads at will! All-in-all a fun little demo to show off virtual humans in VR.

Over the last couple of months I’ve been working with Quantum Capture on a virtual reality training application for trauma center doctors at Sunnybrook and SickKids here in Toronto. This proof-of-concept simulation has you go through a fibreoptic intubation on a patient using your hands to feed the scope down the patient’s throat, while you look on a monitor to see what the scope sees.

There has been a lot more going on at Quantum Capture that I’ve been involved in, with a focus on programming virtual humans. Bloomberg TV Canada dropped by the Quantum Capture office, and their video provides a great overview:

Designing the Digital Humans Inside Your VR Headset

A game prototype I’ve been working on with Quantum Capture will be on display at tonight’s Wearables 2016 AR/VR mega-event.


In Vega you are a convict doing time on a space elevator, ensuring that the cargo containers destined for the mothership are safe. Made with Unreal Engine 4, and played on the HTC Vive.

At Wearables 2016 you’ll be able to play through the 10 minute experience, leading up to its dramatic ending.

Circumpaint, our 360 degree paint and animation application, has just been released on the GearVR store!

Circumpaint icon

Using either the GearVR’s touchpad, or a Bluetooth gamepad, you paint on a canvas that completely surrounds you. You are at the center of your art. And when you’re ready, use page-flip style animation to bring your creation to life.

Circumpaint canvas and palette

Buy Circumpaint from the Oculus Android app, or from within GearVR Home. You can find out more about Circumpaint, along with some directions on how to use the paint tools, on the Gnometech Circumpaint page.