It would seem that between the start of the virtual reality hypetrain conducted by the Oculus Rift and now that a few opportunists decided to cash in on the excitement.  Virtual reality has long been a staple in science fiction along with holograms and it would seem both are now knocking at the door.  What an exciting time to be alive folks.  However, much like a projection screen pointed at a wall is not a hologram, duct taping a smart phone in front of your face is not virtual reality.  While that may go without saying it has not stopped giant companies like google from beating other manufacturers to the punch via their DIY cardboard virtual reality smartphone headset.

 

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Looks like the quality VR experience we have all been looking forward to.  Apparently devices like this are not just some big joke either and they actually work – sort of.  Modern smartphones contain all of the required positioning systems and gyroscopic sensors to track the movements of your head to allow for a passable VR experience.  As you might expect this still does not mean you’re going to get the awesome virtual reality experience you’ve always dreamed of.  It will feel clunky and unresponsive because phones were not designed to be VR headsets.

Creating a good virtual reality experience takes a lot of time, testing and polishing with specific systems developed to create the desired experience.  Occulus Rift has been in development for so long for this very reason.  You can game on a TI-83 calculator and you can get a virtual reality experience on your smartphone, but at the end of the day that’s not the purpose of the technology and what you’re really doing is duct taping a phone to your face.

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The Multitoad VR headset is as affordable as a roll of duct tape

My best advice is to hold off until virtual reality products get the polish they require to become a streamlined part of gaming and media in general.  Even when the Oculus Rift hit the shelves for home use it didn’t really make that much of a splash.  This is because VR in its current state is very much a gimmick.  It’s neat, interesting and different but it isn’t without it’s many, many flaws.  Right now I’d compare virtual reality to motion sensing in gaming.  We’re at duck hunt level and have years to go before we even get to Wii level.

Motion tracking has a long way to go before it feels like a smooth and responsive experience and it’s already been toyed with for a few decades.  Virtual reality is definitely the media of the future and we should all be excited about it even in its infantile stage right now.  As fun as it is to joke about the concept of taping a phone to your face and calling it virtual reality the truth is that it still works.  As long as we remain excited for this next frontier in gaming developers will have all the more reason to pour millions of dollars into the development of newer and better VR products until we eventually have perfection.

 

 

 

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  1. Whitemoon
    Whitemoon

    If the Hologram thing that Windows is developing is exactly like what they demo’d then I think that is the winning technology.

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