Austin Garcia

Fifteenth Post

Yesterday we did some more Unity, this time working with UI. I made great buttons. There was a duck. It was great. After this we got assigned our deeper dives. I got Immersive Unity so I’m pretty excited though 3D printing would have been fun. I have a friend with a 3D printer so I guess I can do that in my free time. I put immersive Unity first because it’s probably what I’ll end up using more of in the future. Everyone in my group got a different deeper dive topic so I think that will be great because we can combine all of our newly learned skills. We should have a busy week or two with our research now that we know what conference we want to submit to and what we need to do that. Electronic Imaging 2018 right next to San Francisco so I’m crossing my fingers we get in!

I finished up all of the physics labs last night but I still have some more to do. I found out Saint Motel is coming to the Des Moines Arts Festival tomorrow night so now I need to finish all my physics tonight! If anyone wants to go, let me know. Also last night, I also found out that my puppy somehow opened up a childproof Ibuprofen bottle and ate 15. I think around 3 is toxic for his size. So he had to get his stomach pumped but should be fine. If anyone has any idea how a dog can open that kind of bottle, let me know because I don’t.

Daily Meme #49 (⇓ I have that helmet)


Fourteenth Post

After the last post, our group met with the WATCH group to discuss where we were at with our lit review and what direction we were thinking about going. Currently we have narrowed down to using VR for assembly training. There’s a 99.9999% chance we will be using Unity for this so I can’t wait for us to get started. As for learning scripting in Unity, everything is going great EXCEPT COLORS. I don’t know why I’m having so many issues with colors but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

After getting back to the apartment last night I just did a lot of physics. That’s about it. There was a dog barking outside and I almost barked back. That was pretty exciting. After quitting for the night I started making something in Inventor for the heck of it.

Daily Me(Interesting picture)me # 48

Building a PC? Why pay for a case when you don’t have to?


ps. does anyone play 7 days to die?

Thirteenth Post

Since the last post we’ve worked more in Unity. Yesterday we go to some more difficult stuff but I’m enjoying learning even though I get occasionally frustrated. Our group is staring to get an idea of how to narrow our topic down so I feel like we are actually getting somewhere with the papers that we have been reading. My latest idea is to design a safety warning for a possibly dangerous manufacturing situations. It can’t be too distracting but it also needs to appear as important to the user. The only papers discussing safety warnings were done using AR on a tablet so thus far it appears to be a hole in VR/AR research. A bunch of papers say that AR in manufacturing can improve safety but none really demonstrate how. We also discussed audio and other sensory feedback. I’m curious how much these other things can improve or detract from the experience.

Last night I ended up climbing some and getting a difficult route I’ve been working on for a while. I then went to the store and got bagels, ramen, and powder sugar donuts. Now that I have a toaster I can eat bagels that have actually been toasted. As for the rest of the night, I worked on physics labs. Today we had a luncheon lecture and the speaker, “Birdie” was very enjoyable to listen to. She made a topic I’m not normally interested in fascinating.

Tomorrow we begin the deeper dives which I’m really excited for. All of the topics are things I want to know more about but I’m mostly interested in immersive unity and 3D printing. I’ve done a little 3D printing and I like Solidworks so getting to make something real is always fun but I also want to work more with VR/AR in Unity so I don’t really know which one I want to choose.

After sitting and thinking about things I could make I kinda want to do 3D printing now even though I feel like career wise I’ll end up closer to the Unity deeper dives.

Daily Meme #47


I almost forgot, I was dad for a day but then I shaved my mustache. More than one day and the situation may have gotten a little hairy.

Twelfth Post

Today we started using Unity. I’ve used Unity previously but that was before I knew how to code so I’m excited to get back into it now that I have more knowledge. I had followed the survival shooter tutorial and just copied the code in without understanding what it meant at all. As for our research we are still doing lit review and will go over what we found tomorrow. I feel like I’ve found some holes in the research (which is what we are looking for) but I’m not sure if they are something we’d be able to work on. We need to narrow down what we are doing because I think we are still looking at it too broadly.

Last night we all went and saw Wonder Woman, and if you haven’t seen it yet it’s great.  I climbed at Climb Iowa this weekend but I forgot my gear in the apartment so I ended up climbing like 3 5.11’s in rental shoes and harness. As for physics I just have to do all the labs, homework, and test by Friday so yay.

Daily meme #46 (I lost count and I’m too lazy to look)


Eleventh Post

Since the last post we’ve worked some more with SolidWorks and read more journals. After working we all went to State gym to climb, found out they were resetting the boulder area so I finally got to climb some new routes. There’s not much up yet but they are still in the process of setting. I put in a request for a cool dynoey route on the overhang so hopefully that happens! After getting back I went to Jeff’s Pizza and got half spuds(hash browns) and half philly cheesesteak pizza. Both halves were delicious. I was planning on doing physics when I got back but I got caught up watching a show with Masashi.

We did more SolidWorks this morning and I worked on some of the harder tutorials which used some techniques that were completely new to me, so those were really interesting. For lunch today we went to the Memorial Union just so everyone could try something different. I got a delicious burrito so yeah. A new Portugal. The Man album was just released today and I’m listening to it right now. I think I have to listen to a song at least twice before I can really hear it so I’m currently on my second run through of the album and I’m starting to pick out the best songs. 3-4 good ones so far.

Daily Meme #7(In case any of you watched E3)


Tenth Post

Not too much has happened since the last post but here’s a couple of things. We started working in SolidWorks and I found out it’s nearly the exact same as Autodesk Inventor which I did a lot with in high school. And somehow I still remember how to do something from high school. I remember I made an entire flyswatter gun thing in Inventor that I had at my house; I didn’t measure any of the arcs and it somehow ended up nearly exact. I enjoy using SolidWorks and I’m looking forward to working on some difficult projects using it.

Last night I did some more physics, messed around in VR, watched some youtube, and did this weird catch thing with whipped cream. You put some on your arm, throw it into the air, and try to catch it with your mouth. I think I still have some in my beard.

btw I had a perfect catch this attempt.

Today we had an interesting lecture with Dr. Jon Kelly about perception in VR. Afterwords me and Chris talked about getting scarred for life as a kid and games we used to play. I just gave him a dollar because I want to see if one of my worlds is still up in an ipad app. Cross your fingers.

Daily Meme #6(comic I guess?)


Ninth Post

After the blog time yesterday Brittney, Emma, and I met with Stacy about our project. We mainly discussed the lit review and got some more direction and focus with what we are looking for. We also informed her that we figured out what WATCH stood for, thanks to some sneaky detective work. Katelyn then gave us an intro to HCI lecture which was really interesting. Before leaving how we painted some light. Cool. Last night I worked on some physics, and I’m half way! through half of the quizzes :(. I got some climbing in, I have 2-3 routes I’m really starting to work on and one has a hard move I’ve only stuck 3 times so I need to work on it. After getting back from Lied I fixed my bike (which ended up being a lot quicker than I had thought.

Some people had mentioned my well so here’s a closeup. Please ignore the cow/robo dog.

This morning we worked on some more Maya and I got to mess around with some more of the detailing which was enjoyable. I messed around with the render settings a lot and also a little with the animation. I got my door to open! Couldn’t figure out how to save it to post it here though.

Don’t know why all these pictures are so blurry, sorry.


Daily Meme #5(Flour or pancake mix?)


Eighth Post

Since the last post we have gone more in depth with Maya and I made a cool little house scene.

Isn’t it pretty? I got Maya downloaded onto my laptop so now I can mess around with it away from the VRAC. I know that the Witcher 3 used Maya so I’m excited to mess around with it some more. After I got back last night I was really tired for some reason and crawled into my bed for too long. I was just about to begin physics when I realized the Playstation E3 conference was starting. After watching that I then did some physics and then fell asleep.

This morning I was late because I started biking and the chain fell off. I walked it back to Freddy and then headed for the bus stop. After waiting a couple minutes for the wrong bus I decided that I should probably walk. After I got to the VRAC we listened to a lecture about using GPU’s for various things which was interesting but I was hungry and tired and was finding it hard to focus. Luckily Jimmy Johns helped with that.

Daily Meme #4(found this one recently and too true)


Seventh Post

A lot has happened since the last time I blogged. Friday night we celebrated Alfredo’s birthday by having a bunch of people over to our room and ordering some Jeff’s pizza. I recommended the one with potatoes on it, I wasn’t sure but I had thought that it was breakfast pizza so I had really hoped we were ordering the right one. It was and it was delicious, I probably could have eaten it all by myself. We then played a VR horror game. Now I don’t ever watch horror movies and rarely play horror games. So I didn’t wanna. But they made me. I was pretty proud of how far I got but when I turned an ran from one enemy only to run into another, I was WAY done. But watching other people play is always hilarious so we had a lot of fun. Saturday morning we went to the ropes course which was great! Though I did kick Anna in the face, which wasn’t so great. Accidentally, I swear. We did a lot of activities but My favorites were the giant swing, climbing the tower, and the trust fall platform. I’m perfectly fine with heights when attached to a rope, as with the first two activities listed. But falling backwards with no rope is generally something I try to avoid. But nonetheless I pushed myself and it wasn’t that bad. I enjoyed the experience though Anna’s jaw may not have. The tower climb was probably my favorite; climbing on a rope net swinging in the strong wind felt awesome!

After the ropes course I ran home and brought back a TV and blue-ray player so we can all watch movies and random videos on the big screen. I think we might try to get through all of Star Wars which will be fun for the fifthish time. This weekend E3 started so I watched the Microsoft conference and part of the Bethesda conference on the TV, Sony will be tonight and Ubisoft might be running tonight. After starting dinner we realize we had a lot of extra pancakes, chicken, cookies, cake, etc. so we told everyone to come over for free food. We had a lot of fun and I had more ghost pepper salsa than I’ll probably ever have for the rest of my life (it did taste pretty good but WOW it burned). We ended watching random youtube videos on the TV and I thing I found my new favorite stand up bit kudos to Masashi. Bert the Machine. I’ll warn you so you can’t say I didn’t warn you but it’s hilarious.

This morning we began working in Maya which I’ve enjoyed thus far. I made a house, fence, well, and a really really bad cow. I’m looking forward to learning more this week. I also found out that my girlfriend made into graphic design here at ISU so WOOOHOOO!

Almost Daily Meme #3


Sixth Post

Currently my group is doing a lot of research of related literature as well as trying to figure what hardware we are going to use for our project. We’ve narrowed it down a lot but we still have a lot of directions we could go. We had a lecture about hyper-realism that new tech has introduced and what issues it could cause. We got free lunch along with lecture and I “may have” eaten 3 brownies, I’m not admitting to it. After some more work time we all yelled at each other some until we figured out what t shirt design we wanted. That was fun. I then went climbing with Sushi, Chris, Jameel, and Natalie. Got one new route and a couple moves further on some others so it was a pretty successful session. We than played racquetball and I nearly nailed Chris a ton. Bet you can’t guess what I did when we all got back. Physics. Almost done though so that’s nice. We learned some more C++ today and it took me a sec but I’m starting to get a hang of the differences in inheritance and class based stuffs.

Daily Meme #2 ( a nice history one)



Fifth Post

Yesterday was picture day. We wondered around campus taking pictures by all of the major landmarks and took one where we were all laying on the floor posing which should turn out cool. Worked on more C++ as well, wasn’t difficult just took a bit to adjust to some more syntax changes. After we all finished at the VRAC, the rest of the night consisted of physics and memes. I got a lot done, finished the last of the labs, took the test, etc.. The only thing left is the homework, and yes I took the test before I did the homework. I heard Natalie fluting out my window while I was working which was nice to listen to. Thinking about going climbing tonight but that’s currently the extent of events in the last day.

Daily meme #1


Fourth Post

So yesterday we finally got into our first course and the C++ began. I’m familiar with C and Java but I’ve never looked at C++. I was unsure of how different the syntax was going to be but I was happily surprised when I adjusted fairly quickly and it didn’t seem too difficult. It was only the first day but I’m feeling pretty good in that department. While sitting around I thought up an idea for a VR game so maybe I’ll be able to work on that some when I get a chance. After we finished for the day I bike to State gym with Alfredo and Natalie joined me for some climbing. Don’t know why I struggled some but I was either tired or the routes I was working on were very difficult for their rating. Probably a mix of both. After that I went back to my apartment, ate some dinner, and worked on physics for the rest of the night. Found out my grandma fell and has surgery today, hopefully that goes well.


Third Post

It’s currently Monday and after a busy weekend we have just finished the first C++ course. I spent some time afterwords to repeat everything on my laptop so that I can work from my apartment too. As for this busy weekend, Friday night I ran home and got my Oculus and desktop so that we could set up two person VR in mine, Masashi’s, and Alfredo’s room because Masashi has his Oculus here. I also brought some pans, more clothes, and more food to keep me going. Oh and a trashcan because we had been lacking one up to this point. Saturday morning we went to Perfect Games and played laser tag(I got third), pool, and bowled. Jameel got enough tickets to get everyone prizes and some of us got hacky sacks which we used to play three sack wack. I then spent the rest of the evening working in my online physics class and realizing how much I still needed to do. Sunday morning Emmanuel and I tried to catch a bus to go get bikes but missed it. We ended up sprinting half the way to catch another bus headed in that direction. We found the bike place and went inside. It was about 90 outside so it must have been about 100 inside of the building. After attempting to help work on bikes, I eventually found one that didn’t need a bunch of work. Before I left I got to see a real gun that had been hollowed out and turned into a water gun. After working on some more physics we all left to go to the REU welcome dinner where we enjoyed Hickory Park and a couple games of volleyball. After that I crammed in more physics. Fun.

Second Post

So today is technically the third day here. We just got the technical tour of the VRAC which a lot of fun and very informative. Getting to watch people try VR for the first time is always hilarious and there has been a lot of that recently. Yesterday we learned about the specifics of our project for the first time. Since then it has been a lot of researching and reading journals and building base information about what we will be doing. We started off with a hololens demo that was similar to what we will be doing. It was really cool to see it in action but sadly that means we have to pick a different system to do our project on. That is exciting though because we can pick which system and programs work best for us as a group and we aren’t confined to a specific one. I think we will end up using Unity a lot which I am excited for because it’s one of my favorite tools to work with and I can’t wait to improve my skills. Last night I got the slackline out for bit which was fun but harder than I remembered. Other than that I’ve been trying to spend my free time working on my online physics class. I can’t wait to see what’s next.


First Post

So far I’ve had fun, I’ve met a lot of new people with similar interests as me and had in depth conversations with them. Dinner from last night was ramen (of course) and I worked on my physics online class that started at the same time as this program. I haven’t started my project yet but I think that starts later today. Though I am not a morning person and right now it’s earlier than I’d normally be awake, I’m excited to learn the details of the AR/VR manufacturing project.