This month I was really struggling to think of a topic, so I thought I would cover one of my own current interests Virtual Reality. You may or may not have heard of the Oculus Rift device, it is a virtual reality headset. Imagine putting on a sort of mask that immerses you in a virtual world you can actually look around in by simply turning your head. Virtual reality has been tried several times over the last 20 years but didn’t work due to the technology not being ready or realistic enough. This appears to no longer be an issue.
You may have heard the company Oculus VR mentioned earlier this year when Facebook acquired it for 2 Billion Dollars. Its original purpose was as a gaming device but the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg considers this to be a game changing device that could be used in TV, film, sports events and even to video chat to people over the internet as if you’re sat with them. An example of this concept: imagine being at Wimbledon but actually feeling like you are sat in the stands and being able to physically look to your left and right as the ball is hit over the net? This type of experience is some way off but I think in the next 5-10 years it could be as common as 3D TV is at present.
If you would like to see how people react when using the device go to YouTube and search for ‘Oculus Rift Rollercoaster’ this shows a specially designed rollercoaster demo where you can see people physically reacting as if they are actually on one. Although the user knows it is not real the brain is experiencing it as a real event and reacting accordingly. I have one of the preview kits on order just to see first-hand what they are like, it should arrive in late July/August, so I will feedback on my experience.
As always please let me know if you need any help with your devices this month, Ian.