Bandai Namco VR Zone opens next month, features virtual 'experiences' (Tomorrow Daily 340)Bandai Namco's plans for an immersive virtual-reality "experience center" in Tokyo; also, Google Research lets 14 robotic arms teach themselves how to grip and lift various objects.
[MUSIC] Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the know universe, I'm Jeff Cannata. And I'm Ashley Esqueda, let's hit some headlines BANDA NAMCO is coming up with really cool VR experience that if you live in Tokyo you will want to check out. They're opening up VR Zone Project, I Can on April 15th. Which is a virtual reality experience center designed for people to try out VR without Spending an arm and a leg on it. The center will be located in Tokyo, like I mentioned and of course, and will feature six different simulations including fear of heights. Where you rescue a cat, that's stranded on a plank. 650 ft above the ground while you are also balancing on a plain in a release up immerse you in a demo and also scare you if you afraid of heights. There's also a horrible game, a driving game, a skiing sims, a train conductor sims and a mat battling game. I love all those six which one do you are try about Well, I think the one I need to try the most is the fear of heights one, because I do have an issue with heights and I think, I'm kind of excited that virtual reality might be able to make me face my fears more. I just start crying and holding onto the board on the ground, so it's not for me. But I really want to try that Mech Battle. Mech Battle. Man I'm two inches above the ground. I don't care. Not in here, not in here, that is exactly what it would be like. Hey, Google research is trying to teach robotic arms to be able to pick things up autonomously. Grasping is a pretty [UNKNOWN] concepts for robots to calculate on the fly, since we tend to process a lot of the action through visual information. That's a lot of data for a simple robot to process through so google research went a different route. They gave 14 robotic arms each a bin of various items and left them to learn how to pick up each item through a deep convulational neural network. Pretty specific experiment but the team hopes to find ways to translate the results into better real world tests. Teaching robots how to do things on their own, I think this is honestly the future in a lot of ways, not just for robotic arms but all kinds of things. We're seeing neuro-networks being established. Mm mm. And then, same thing with the go, what was his name, Alpha Go. Yeah. was playing go. Learns. You don't program all the behavior. You just give it the rule set and let it learn itself. Let it. Pretty cool. Mm-hm. Really, really awesome stuff. What do you wanna talk about on Thursday's show? Man. Both good. They're both really good. I'm kinda leaning toward this neural network idea but Talking about VR is always my thing, so what would you like? Maybe because of the Occulus starting to ship. We'll talk about this VR experience because we could talk about some other real life VR experiences that are sort of popping up now all over the world I wanna know why my Oculus hasn't shipped yet, Ashley. That will be what we'll be talking about, is have I got my email yet that it's shipped? Because I preordered, so why have they not sent me my email? This is deeply upsetting. If you'd like to tell Jeff why he has not gotten his Oculus If you're lucky Shipping notification. Please tweet at us using the hashtag #HEYTD, and you can also use that hashtag to get in on the conversation of all the topics we talk about during the week. Yeah anything you want to be involved in Regard to these topics. We're gonna bring them up again on Thursday. We'd love to involve your comments. So use that hashtag. I literally read every hashtag [UNKNOWN] tweet. Just FYI. Just so you guys know, I do. We love it. And we love having that two way conversation with you. So hit us on the social medias. Yes and speaking of hitting us up, its time for our phonetographer of the day. Today's phonetographer is Josh, he took this photo with his Galaxy S6. Yeah, Josh wrote to us, and this is a It's actually last week. And he said, we are having a blizzard here in Colorado #blurred2016. I went to the grocery store and stop the check the mail. Luckily work is closed today for safety. I took a photo on my GALAXY S6. And for good reason, your work was closed because that looks Literally like the set of the Mist. It's terrifying. It is really. I mean you can't see anything. Yeah don't walk in to that because that's where the monsters are. That is exactly. And the army as well. > >Yeah. That was a real [INAUDIBLE] of an ending. It was a really beautiful shot though actually. yeah I really like the Haunting. Imagine like Silent Hill. Yeah. In the winter time, I mean I think that would be great. Looks really good. And we're doing themes next week, right? We're gonna start themes next week everybody. Yeah. So the themes are stuff of nightmares. Get your cameras ready. You could of. [LAUGH] Stuff of nightmares. That's cute. Take pictures. Get your pictures ready. If you guys wanna send in your Phonetography, email us. Tomorrow@cnet.com Yeah we love getting those pictures from ya, just make sure you tell us what device you took it on, and give us permission to use it on the show. We also love a little story about why you took that picture. Can I ask you a question? Please! Do you realize you've done this entire show with an inside out shirt? I just wanted to ask. It was a choice. It's a really nice fashion choice. On that note... It's okay because I did it with two t-shirts on. On that note, we're done here. We'll be back tomorrow with a very special guest! We're going to have Riley Vanderbilt in. If you've ever seen the Wonder Woman short she did it was pretty amazing. You should definitely check that out by Team Unicorn. I'm Riley Vanderbilt. And I'm going to wear my underpants on the outside of my clothes. Why. So there's that. What, [LAUGH] [LAUGH] Wow, what a show it's been everybody. We'll be back tomorrow. Keep diving into all the cool stuff, but until then. Be good humans. By guys. [MUSIC]