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Immersive Virtual Reality

Reading about immersive virtual reality technologies such as the fictional OASIS seen in Ready Player One and the possible implementation of immersive technologies in the future (i.e. Google Glasses) had me thinking of the Oculus Rift.  The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality head-mounted display that allows for affordable immersive gaming. Here’s a link to a youtube video describing and showing the use of the Oculus Rift:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpV7qq1vyd4

I for one feel like devices like the Oculus Rift and Google Glasses will change not only the future of gaming, but the way we use technology in or daily lives (however it is important to consciously enact moderation and balance while incorporating these devices into our lives).   

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6 thoughts on “Immersive Virtual Reality

  1. Virtual reality is in its infancy compared to what it can be and will be but the technology is becoming incredible. I watched the video on Oculus Rift and it was amazing. The way the designers have set it so there are no screen edges is remarkable. You see things around you without a television screen border and your head movements are actually simulated fast enough that that it moves with the images you are seeing. It started to get a little technical with the description but it was neat to hear them talk about how the machine is not perfected and some of the progressions that are coming. If you are picking up something it does not account for the body bending over the way it should but that technology is approaching. We have gotten closer to the world of OASIS in Ready Player One. I would love to learn more about body suits and what is going on in that field do you know of anything?

    Posted by wjcasey | June 24, 2013, 11:28 am
  2. Yeah I defiantly agree that were still way in the early stages with virtual reality, but I feel like the Oculus Rift is defiantly a step in a positive direction. Here’s something else I found called the Omni that uses the Oculus Rift and the Kinect: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1944625487/omni-move-naturally-in-your-favorite-game

    I’m not sure how I feel about the Omni, it looks like a little much to me, and unnaturally in terms of actually using it to run and complete specific movements in a videogame, but I could be wrong.

    Posted by bgwhipple | June 24, 2013, 1:41 pm
  3. I think you could not be more right when you say moderation. As with most things, moderation is the key to preventing something from spiraling out of control. Of course, it is things like video games that we like to do the most, and we would rather do than something that we are forced to do. Many people go to great lengths to avoid doing these often menial tasks like robbing banks or committing fraud just so they can do the things they want to do all the time. Most of the time, this method doesn’t work out. A balance between work and play can prevent horrible decisions.

    Posted by sccrdude540 | June 25, 2013, 12:32 am
  4. The interesting aspect of virtual immersion is the impact on our lives from gaming to technology sharing and devices such as the google glasses. What will such technology do to travel? education? everyday life? moderation is definitely the key to understanding and adapting it to our lives.

    Posted by galaviz1 | June 26, 2013, 1:33 am
  5. I believe that this is the future, and what we can do with all of this technology is endless regardless if it is for gaming, work, or out everyday lives. I personally can’t wait until these devices are available, but that might be a while. On the other hand, other similar devices are much closer to becoming available. Microsoft is coming out with something called the illumiroom for their new Xbox one console. It is revolutionary and will be an incredible advancement in game play. Check out the link, you won’t be disappointed.

    http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/illumiroom/

    Posted by nrfico | June 26, 2013, 8:22 pm
  6. Moderation is defiantly something to consciously be aware of when we use these technological devices, but I think that Google Glasses as compared to immersive video games will be a unique and different scenario, and not as “dangerous” as video games when it comes to addiction and moderation. Also commenting on the Microsoft illumiroom, this development looks amazing and will be something I will defiantly look forward to with the next generation console. All of these technologies will enhance our current experience with cell phones, gaming devices, and similar devices, and moderation is always something to consider with most every aspect of our lives.

    Posted by bgwhipple | June 27, 2013, 10:16 pm

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