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Elon Musk’s Top 10 Rules For Success (@elonmusk)

He’s worth over $11 billion. He has created game changing businesses like PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX. He’s the closest thing we have to a real-life iron man. He’s Elon Musk and…

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Experimenting with Light Fields

<html><head></head><body><div class=”block-paragraph”><div class=”rich-text”><p>We’ve always believed in the power of virtual reality to take you places. That’s why we created <a href=””>Expeditions</a>, to transport people around the world to hundreds of amazing, hard-to-reach or impossible-to-visit places. It’s why we launched <a href=””>Jump</a>, which lets professional creators film beautiful scenes in stereoscopic 360 VR video, and it’s why we’re introducing <a href=””>VR180</a>, a new format for anyone—even those unfamiliar with VR technology—to capture life’s special moments.</p><p>But to create the most realistic sense of presence, what we show in VR needs to be as close as possible to what you’d see if you were really there. When you’re actually in a place, the world reacts to you as you move your head around: light bounces off surfaces in different ways and you see things from different perspectives. To help create this more realistic sense of presence in VR, we’ve been experimenting with <a href=””>Light fields</a>.<br/></p><p>Light fields are a set of advanced capture, stitching, and rendering algorithms. Much more work needs to be done, but they create still captures that give you an extremely high-quality sense of presence by producing <a href=””>motion parallax</a> and extremely realistic textures and lighting. To demonstrate the potential of this technology, we’re releasing “Welcome to Light Fields,” <a href=””>a free app available on Steam VR</a> for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Let’s take a look at how it works.<br/></p><p></p><h2>Capturing and processing a light field</h2>With light fields, nearby objects seem near to you—as you move your head, they appear to shift a lot. Far-away objects shift less and light reflects off objects differently, so you get a strong cue that you’re in a 3D space. And when viewed through a VR headset that supports positional tracking, light fields can enable some truly amazing VR experiences based on footage captured in the real world.<br/><p></p><p>This is possible because a light field records all the different rays of light coming into a volume of space. To record them, we modified a GoPro Odyssey Jump camera, bending it into a vertical arc of 16 cameras mounted on a rotating platform.<br/></p></div></div><div class=”block-image_full_width”><figure class=”article-image–full article-module “><img alt=”ShuttleOddityLoop_Compressed_15fps.gif” src=””/><figcaption class=”article-image__caption h-c-page”><div class=”rich-text”><b>Left:</b> A time lapse video of recording a spherical light field on the flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery.<br/><b>Right:</b> Light field rendering allows us to synthesize new views of the scene anywhere within the spherical volume by sampling and interpolating the rays of light recorded by the cameras on the rig.</div></figcaption></figure></div><div class=”block-paragraph”><div class=”rich-text”><p>It takes about a minute for the camera rig to swing around and record about a thousand outward-facing viewpoints on a 70cm sphere. This gives us a two-foot wide diameter volume of light rays, which determines the size of the headspace that users have to lean around in to explore the scenes once they are processed. To render views for the headset, rays of light are sampled from the camera positions on the surface of the sphere to construct novel views as seen from inside the sphere to match how the user moves their head. They’re aligned and compressed in a custom dataset file that’s read by special rendering software we’ve implemented as a plug-in for the Unity game engine.</p></div></div><div class=”block-image_full_width”><figure class=”article-image–full article-module “><img alt=”Light Fields.PNG” src=”×1000.PNG”/></figure></div><div class=”block-paragraph”><div class=”rich-text”><p></p><h2>Recording the World with Light Fields</h2>We chose a few special places to try out our light field-recording camera rig. We love the varnished teak and mahogany interiors at the <a href=””>Gamble House</a> in Pasadena, the fragments of glossy ceramic and shiny mirrors adorning the <a href=””>Mosaic Tile House</a> in Venice, and the sun-filled stained glass window at <a href=””>St. Stephen’s Church</a> in Granada Hills. Best of all, the Smithsonian Institute’s <a href=””>Air and Space Museum</a> and <a href=””>3D Digitization Office</a> gave us access to NASA’s <a href=””>Space Shuttle Discovery</a>, providing an astronaut’s view inside the orbiter’s flight deck which has never been open to the public.  And we closed with recording a variety of light fields of people, experimenting with how eye contact can be made to work in a 6-degrees-of-freedom experience.<br/><p></p><p></p><h2>Try “Welcome to Light Fields”</h2>VR video is a promising technology for exploring the world, and while they are still an experiment, light fields show a new level of how convincing virtual reality experiences can be. We hope you enjoy our “Welcome to Light Fields” experience, available now on <a href=””>Steam VR</a>. Take the seven-minute Guided Tour to learn more about the technology and the locations, and then take your time exploring the spaces in the Gallery. This is only the beginning, and lots more needs to be done, but we’re excited about this step toward more realistic capture for VR. <br/><p></p></div></div></body></html>

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Young Steve Jobs on how to hire, manage, and lead people – MUST WATCH

How Steve Jobs managed people, led people, gave people a common vision, hired insanely great people, and how he avoided “professionals.” * Join my BELIEVE newsletter:…

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35 Online Video Tools for Simple Video Creation, Editing, and YouTube Management

Eyeballs are getting harder and harder to grab, especially on Facebook, where the auto-play feature has completely changed the landscape of the platform, both on desktop and mobile. Right now, video is the most engaging Facebook format. Uploading 60-90 second, funny, evergreen videos with captions and short text introductions is one of the most successful tactics to slow down scrolling on the app, at least according to Buzzsumo. A good… [Read More…]

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5 Awesome Free Keyword Research Tools (Based on Search Suggestions)

As-you-type search suggestions can be an awesome source of content inspiration because they provide a valuable insight into what people tend to search for when typing in their base term. It’s nice to see different tools popping up that use Suggest data in different ways. Today I am sharing five of them: They are all free, some of them offer optional registration and provide different ways to play with as-you-type… [Read More…]

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BELIEVE by Mateusz M – Motivational Video

From breaking records and limiting beliefs to making your dreams become a reality, Mateusz M delivers an epic motivational video to help you believe in your abilities and taste victory. Video…

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Goodbye 7Search and LeadImpact

This year, we have lost two traffic sources that anyone who has been doing affiliate marketing for a few years has probably at least tried out: 7Search and LeadImpact. Nearly 5 years ago, I published an article titled Traffic Sources Based On Experience and both 7Search and LeadImpact were recommended in it. Over the years, they Continue Reading

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The Five Best Free Web Hosting Providers Revealed

In recent years, web hosting has become a commodity in the same way that access to the internet has become a human right. In the earliest days of the internet, if you wanted to launch a website then you had to purchase or rent a server and have the technical expertise that’s required to actually […]

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Pros & Cons of Supplementing Your Sales with eBay and Amazon

When it comes to making money online or reaching new audiences to increase your business sales, there are plenty of options to choose from. We are talking about everything from affiliate marketing, media buying, or even setting up your own online store or selling through eBay or Amazon — there is a whole world of […]

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Building a Social Media Empire: Step 1 – Find Your Niche and Create Your Accounts

Over the past few years, one my focuses has been building a social media empire. I have built a very nice audience of over 3,500,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter. I use that audience to reach 50-100M people a month. I am able to successfully monetize that audience and generate quite a bit of income Continue Reading

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