Virtual Reality- Oculus Rift

I was about to add this to the ‘New Resources’ page but there’s just so much to say about this amazing gadget, that I have decided to dedicate a separated post for it…

Virtual Reality. Definition: The computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.

So, pretty much a device that lets you step into another, surreal world and makes you feel like you’re actually there.

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This idea is absolutely mind boggling to me! How do they do this? How can they make you feel like you’re somewhere else and feeling things that aren’t there?

You might ask, who are ‘they’? The founder of Oculus Rift is Palmer Luckey and he built the first prototype of the Oculus Rift. He built a series of prototypes and finally, on his 6th one he planned to put it on Kickstarter as a diy kit for enthusiasts to test out.  John Carmack, who was a well-known game developer demoed the id Software’s Doom 3 BFG Edition on the device at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012. This collected an abundant amount of attention for the Rift. In result of this, Palmer began to focus on it more and dropped out of university.

Then, Brendan Iribe, a former executive of Gaikai and Scaleform invested “a few hundred thousand” U.S. dollars in the Rift’s Kickstarter campaign.[2] Iribe joined as Oculus VR’s CEO, and Michael Antonov (former CTO of Scaleform) became chief software architect. Luckey also got Kickstarter endorsements from Valve’s managing director Gabe Newell and an important veteran Michael Abrash (now Chief Scientist at Oculus VR), after doing a demo for them.

In the end the campaign raised US$2.4 million.  Oculus VR  was also bought by Facebook in March of 2014 for US$2 billion,   Today, Palmer Luckey continues to work hard at Oculus Rift and Virtual Reality.

You also may wonder what this thing is all about. Look below and you’ll find some links to people testing the Oculus out and also explaining how it works.

https://www.oculus.com/en-us/ (official website)

https://www.oculus.com/en-us/gear-vr/ (VR with your Samsung Mobile)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33988909 (What BBC has to say)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFyAgRtToL4 (side by side image from)

http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/11/oculus-rift-consumer/#.uo3azm:uzbj (Oculus Headset with Xbox One controller)

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