Oculus Rift virtual-reality headsets may be ready to ship to the general public in early 2016, and could be the beginning of VR technology taking off. Adding to that, a Utah man is building a series of seven 60×60-foot rooms in which players will wear VR headsets and wander around immersive worlds, wielding powers that would even impress Neo from “The Matrix” films. Continue reading… “Awesome new virtual reality theme park”
Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at Goldman’s technology conference this week with analyst Bill Shope. Among other factoids, Cook mentioned that 120 million people visited Apple’s retail stores last year.
The Bennie Railplane, 1929 Glasgow
The monorail perfectly exemplifies that nothing dates like the future, it is a piece of anachronistic technology that is today largely relegated to theme parks and inter terminal airport transit. Although the archetypal image of a monorail is the 1959 Disneyland version, as this list shows, its design history traces back to the middle of the 19th century, with steam driven versions that share none of the futuristic aesthetic of the streamlined post war versions. In this case, although the pioneering system from a technical point of view was the 1952 German Alweg, the 1911 Boyes monorail prototype shows the origins of the futuristic look. (Pics)