Green Screen Review #1

The Economic Resource Council’s Green Screen Institute plans to make Nevada County a virtual reality innovative technology hub, by seeking out and promoting  virtual reality and augmented reality  companies.

One of the ripe VR opportunities is the design of unique interfaces for virtual gaming systems.  The current Make Newsletter has an interesting example in an article written by Jeremy Williams. Jeremy was an Editor at PC Gamer Magazine and Software Engineer for Qore on the PlayStation Network and dedicated VR Gamer.  Jeremy writes:

Take Your VR Pinball Experience from Meh to Marvelous


Pinball Control Panel

I remember the 1950s playing the pinball machines in the Cobalt Rec Hall, until the government agents showed and close them down as illegal gambling machines. People would bet on who could get the highest score. One of those machines ended up in our garage, where I took it apart to see how it worked.

I am not a gamer, but I am very interested in VR and AR as economic disrupters and will continue to provide some of my thoughts in future Green Screen Reviews.


About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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2 Responses to Green Screen Review #1

  1. Stu says:

    Hi Russ,

    VR seems to be one of those reoccurring “Next Big Thing” – along with “3D” “Smell-o-vision” and “teldildonics” (and, no I’m not waiting to sign up for any of them)

    I recall listening to Jaron Lanier at HP labs in the early 90’s touting the virtues of VR, yet when I walked in to his lab with an accurate 3D CAD model of an audio control room the processing was not able to deal with the detail in the model.

    The last few years attended joint SMPTE SCIEN conferences at Stanford with enthusiastic students showing off the latest developments – unfortunately other than making a cell phone into a “inexpensive” stereoscopic viewer and integrating multiple GoPro cameras in to a surround POV capture device and associated advancements in image processing, storage and bandwidth it’s still seems to be a niche technology with limited real world applications waiting for “The Killer App”.


    • Russ Steele says:

      I agree, VR seem to have limited applications. I just do not see the family sitting around the living room each with their VR goggles on watching the news or the latest show on TV.


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