Monday, January 13, 2014

One Step Closer to Your Jetpack


Virtual reality has captured the imagination of developers, consumers and businesses for decades, but most VR headsets produced so far have been notable more for their limitations than their capabilities. With its latest prototype, code-named "Crystal Cove," Oculus VR has taken a massive leap forward, eliminating the stomach-churning motion blur that has plagued previous generations of VR headsets, and adding sensors and a camera to track the position of both your head and body and provide more accurate simulated movement. With the latest Rift, Oculus has created a device that may usher in an era of truly immersive gaming and entertainment, and even create new opportunities for businesses to use virtual reality in everything from manufacturing to medical environments. Of all the exciting, innovative products we've seen at CES this year, the Oculus Rift "Crystal Cove" prototype is unquestionably the best of the best.

This is hardly a secret, but Oculus Rift is going to be a much bigger deal than, say, a frickin' watch phone.

It is in the same category as the iPhone/iPad -- something we thought was just around the corner 20 years ago, kind of had to give up on for a while because as it turns out, more intimate human-computer interaction requires a lot more precision and responsiveness then we realized, and now the tech is finally almost there.

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