On The New Screensavers, Leo Laporte built an Ultimate Virtual Reality Gaming Machine with the help of PC experts Ryan Shrout, Allyn Malventano, and Fr. Robert Ballecer. This PC is equipped to run the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and the current selection of virtual reality games. Here's the component list for the UVRGM:
The Intel Compute Stick is a small device that can turn any HDMI capable TV or display into a PC. It comes with either an Intel Atom or Core M processor, and has up to 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of on-board storage.
The Intel Compute Stick is ready to be used out of the box, with either Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Linux preinstalled.
The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, tiny credit-card sized computer that can be whatever you want it to be. It encourages people of all ages to learn how to program and create interesting things. It is capable of basic desktop computer tasks, like browing the internet, word-processing, and playing games, but it also can be used in a wide array of maker projects. It's been used for weather stations, tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras, and music machines. It's a great way to gain a better understanding of how computers work.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a Quad HD super AMOLED 5.5 inch curved dual-edge screen. This allows the screen to wrap around the edges of the phone, and also adds some additional functionality such as real-time updates and more. The new Galaxy S7 is now water-resistant with an IP68 rating, meaning it will survive spills, splashes, and quick dunks.
One of the best features of the new Galaxy S7 Edge is the camera. The rear camera is 12MP, and the front camera is 5MP. It uses a dual-pixel technology with fast autofocus and an advanced sensor for better low light photography.
The Nextbit Robin is a smartphone created by a former HTC One designer along with a couple of ex-Android developers. It is made with the cloud in mind, and merges the internal storage with cloud storage seamlessly. It automatically backs up apps and photos, and intelligently removes the things you aren't using as much. Then when you do need it again, it is re-downloaded from the cloud. Because of this, the Nextbit Robin only comes with 32GB of onboard storage and a free 100GB of online storage.
Lyve Home is a small 2TB device that connects to your home network through Wi-Fi or ethernet. It stores your photos and videos in the original, full-resolution, and keeps them all backed up and available to any of your computers or devices. The Lyve app for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac keeps your photos organized. Additionally, it allows for easy sharing over social networks and messaging, and has simple editing tools to crop, enhance, filter, frame and remove red-eye from photos.
The Samsung SSD T1 is a very small external drive that offers high-speed performance. It has read-write speeds of up to 450 MB/s over USB 3.0. It also features AES 256 bit encryption to secure your data.
Samsung's SSD T1 is available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities. It starts at $84.99.
rEFInd by Roderick W. Smith is a boot manager that's made for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI). A boot manager presents a menu of options when the computer first starts up. This makes it possible to have multiple operating systems on your computer and choose which one you'd like to use during bootup.
Lume Cube is a small, inch and a half sized cube that produces 1500 lumens of light. It has ten levels of brightness adjustments. It has buttons on the side, and can also be paired to your smartphone to be remotely operated through the app. If you have multiple Lume Cubes, you can set them all up to be operated individually through the app.
Linux Mint is a simple and powerful operating system that is a great alternative to Windows or Mac OS X. It's especially good for older computers that cannot keep up with the most recent versions of Windows or OS X. Linux Mint is designed to work out of the box, and has full multimedia support. It doesn't require a lot of maintenance -- there's an Update Manager to make sure you're running the latest version, and there's no need for antivirus programs. Linux Mint is open source and completely free to use.