It’s 2016 and the world of virtual reality (VR) is — finally — virtually a reality. After much anticipation, various fits and starts, and numerous technological hurdles, the Oculus Rift is poised to enter the marketplace in a very real way. Presently owned by social media giant, Facebook, Oculus Rift is taking preorders from customers around the globe. The social media giant has announced March 28, 2016 as the much-anticipated release date for its groundbreaking VR platform technology.
For those who may not know, the system involves wearing a helmet of sorts, while standing or sitting in front of a device that resembles a futuristic desk lamp. The headset creates the illusion of immersion in a virtual 3D world, using organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, with high refresh rates and high-definition resolution. The system integrates 3D audio in the headset, and can be controlled with two mirror-image, wireless, handheld motion controllers. Read more
Join the team! ghOst Productions is looking to hire a creative and hard working 3D Generalist. We’re looking for someone with a strong aesthetic and drive to produce dynamically beautiful finished content. You will be coordinating with the production team and 3D department to improve the quality of our finished animations. Experience with Maya is a MUST.
Join the team! ghOst Productions is looking to hire a creative and hard working compositor experienced with AE 3D cameras and 3D compositing. We’re looking for someone with a strong aesthetic and drive to produce dynamically beautiful finished content. You will be coordinating with the post-production team and 3D department to improve the quality of our finished animations. Experience with Maya is a HUGE plus. Read more
We recently assisted medical device innovator, Direct Flow Medical, Inc., by creating a medical animation video to demonstrate its Direct Flow Medical® Transcatheter Aortic Valve System. The system represents a new approach to the repair of aortic st enosis. Of course, aortic stenosis involves declining heart function due to faulty aortic valves. Whether it stems from scarring and calcification associated with advanced age, a congenital defect, or post-infection tissue damage, the valve fails to open fully. This restricts blood flow from the heart to the body.
Older technologies, presently in use, involve replacing the diseased valve with tissue from a donor animal or a synthetic substitute, among other options. These procedures typically suffer from a relatively high risk of aortic regurgitation; the backwash of blood into the left ventricle of the heart. Of course, the function of valves in the cardiovascular system is to prevent any back flow of blood, to ensure proper hemodynamics and pumping efficiency. Repair of the aortic valve may involve relatively risky open heart surgery. Or, increasingly, transcatheter procedures are performed by threading instruments or devices into the heart through a major blood vessel. Read more