I didn't expect, stepping in, that this 720-degree VR simulator would make me physically sick. At a glance the Aorus VR simulator looks like a lot of similar rigs you'd find in janky arcades of your youth. But I wasn't ready for the game I was about to get strapped into, Redout. Sitting in the rig, you have a VR headset and a pair of headphones on, before you're handed a joystick and told to "hold on really tight." Turns out, Redout is a pretty intense high-speed-racing game.
TechWorks has won the Tony Sale Award for bringing back to life a Second World War analogue flight simulator, a 1960s-era General Aviation Trainer (GAT-1), and an all-digital Super GAT trainer from the 1980s. The three pioneering pilot trainers are available to visitors to the TechWorks museum in Binghamton in New York State. Britain's Computer Conservation Society holds a competition for the Tony Sale Award every other year to remember the man who, among other things, led the reconstruction of the Colossus computer hosted at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park, north of London. Also: Hitler's "unbreakable" encryption machine -- and the Bletchley Park devices which cracked the code Binghamton has been described as "the birthplace of Virtual Reality" because it is where Ed Link built the first Link flight simulator. Link's father owned a pipe organ and player piano factory, and Link -- who already knew how to fly -- thought that bouncing on an organ bellows was a bit like flying.
Virtual reality can teleport you into space, the bottom of the ocean and, soon, a version of Boston devastated by nuclear war. On the flip side, the immersive medium can be used for more primitive occupations and pastimes. Remember this forklift truck simulator from Gamescom? With a Vive headset and two wand controllers, you can grab one of man's favorite weapons and cut some branches from a downed tree. In the professional lumberjack world, this is called "limbing," and is used regularly as part of logging championships.
That might not sound like much, but in the quantum computing arms race, several groups are edging past one another as they aim to eventually make a universal quantum computer. A group of researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute has created a quantum simulator using 53 quantum bits, or qubits. Earlier this month, IBM announced a 50-qubit prototype, though its capabilities are unclear. With this 53-qubit device, the researchers have done scientific simulations that don't seem to be possible