The Morning Watch: How Realistic Are Shark Attacks in Movies, More ‘Ready Player One’ Easter Eggs & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, find out how realistic the shark attacks we’ve […]

Delta V: Rings Of Saturn Promises Realistic Saturn Ring-Mining Fun

The term “hard sci-fi” doesn’t indicate difficulty of the material to understand, but rather how closely a work attempts to consider and abide by realism and laws of physics in the science fiction. Besides Kerbal Space Programs and the realistic space warfare simulator Children of a Dead Earth, space games that attempt hard sci-fi mechanics […]

AI stuntpeople could lead to more realistic video games

Video game developers often turn to motion capture when they want realistic character animations. Mocap isn’t very flexible, though, as it’s hard to adapt a canned animation to different body shapes, unusual terrain or an interruption from another character. Researchers might have a better solution: teach the characters to fend for themselves. They’ve developed a […]

Snapchat’s iPhone X-exclusive Lenses look more realistic than usual

Snapchat has discovered a way to leverage the power of iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera — and that means you’ll have access to exclusive Lenses if you use Apple’s all-screen mobile device. Starting today, you’ll see TrueDepth-enabled Lenses appear periodically within the Snapchat carousel on iPhone X. They’re AR masks that follow your face around like […]

AI is making more realistic CG animal fur

Creating realistic animal fur has always been a vexing problem for 3D animators because of the complex way the fibers interact with light. Now, thanks to our ubiquitous friend artificial intelligence, University of California researchers have found a way to do it better. “Our model generates much more accurate simulations and is 10 times faster […]

Spectre and Meltdown patches causing trouble as realistic attacks get closer

Enlarge (credit: Simon Smith) Applications, operating systems, and firmware all need to be updated to defeat Meltdown and protect against Spectre, two attacks that exploit features of high-performance processors to leak information and undermine system security. The computing industry has been scrambling to respond after news of the problem broke early a few days into […]

Oculus tweaks VR audio to seem closer and more realistic

Audio can be just as important as visuals if you want to make true-to-life VR experiences. That’s why Oculus has introduced changes to the Rift SDK that give developers the power to make spatial audio as realistic as possible. One of the features the company added is called Near-Field head-related transfer function (HRTF). Ordinary HRTF […]

Bestseller author Marian Keyes on new book The Break: I wanted to be realistic

PH Author Marian Keyes has written 12 novels which have sold an amazing 35 million copies worldwide The Limerick-born writer dominates the world of women’s fiction, but her work goes beyond the lazy ‘chick-lit’ label. After soaring to fame with her first novel, Watermelon in 1995, Marian is best known for her dark themes written […]