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Will Oculus Rift change our games work and training?
Will Oculus Rift change our games work and training?
Virtual reality has come a long way since the 90s of the last century, many still remember the epic battle with the evil triangles and squares. But with the advent headset Oculus Rift virtual reality may change the way our knowledge of the world and entertainment – play, work, and training. Sounds like hyperbole, but I assure you it is absolutely justified.
Oculus Rift – virtual reality headset is focused on the consumer, which was originally shot on Kickstarter in August 2013: $ 250 000 of the necessary funding managed to collect nearly 2.5 million. Since then, the project has attracted venture capital funding (about 91 million dollars in total) to release the product to the mass market in 2014 for about $ 300. In fairness, we note that fans with deep pockets Oculus Rift already acquired.
Let’s hear the story from the experience all the charm Oculus Rift not so long ago – and even though we have repeatedly written about the experiences with this device, another revelation will not hurt. Further first-person narrative.
I tried Rift about a month ago. I had no choice of demo games that you can play, so I was stuck in the race for the little yellow machine.
I always hated racing cars. But something is better than nothing, so I agreed and sat down in his chair and waited for the start of the race. When it started, I turned my head and saw that the world rushes by. When I clocked up to 200 km / h, I felt dizzy and sinking feeling in his chest. Looking out of the car and saw a spinning wheel, I literally felt like the wind rustles my hair. With unlimited field of view, I was just there.
I asked the representative of the Oculus Rift, if I break the car, not in fear, not in the hope that he would answer “yes.” The answer was “no.” Despite this, when the race was over, I firmly believed in the future of virtual reality.
Perspective video game looks definitely interesting , but what if I jump into an active volcano? What if I flew to Mars? Here is a real prospect of virtual reality: the revival of human passion for adventure. Virtual reality makes possible investigations for which we may never have dared. We can take a trip on the seabed using underwater drone with a 360-degree camera, play with monkfish and acne and look at yet undiscovered species of marine reptiles. Video feed can be open to all, so the whole world can explore the Mariana Trench with Rift.
We could send a spacecraft into space and bring the space to the masses – a privilege not available to all. Imagine that you turn your head in virtual reality helmet and see how the Earth is getting smaller and smaller. Maybe we could fly to any of the moons of Jupiter. Wanderlust break out with such force that the country will develop space programs again.
In our material world also have something to explore. Surgical simulators will be commonplace in a couple of years, and medical students or just lovers (not freaks, it is hoped) will be able to explore the body and organs “live”. In virtual reality, doctors can explore new methods of treatment, and their failure would not be prosecuted by lawyers.
Many will be able to try their hand at architecture: just download the principles of physics in the simulator, and then look at your creation from any angle, including the “inside.” Minecraft already signed on to the initiative Rift, but this is only one example of a game that will allow children to show all their creative sides.
There also will and cinema. 3D, which persistently show in our movie theaters, uncomfortable glasses and allegedly valuable special effects, of course, sweet little thing, but it could be better. Think about how to fly together with Spider-Man in the film, which will be released in 2014. Think of “Sherlock”, which you will have a 360-degree view. Everything will be in your field of vision and you can solve the problem faster than the great detective. Well, what self-respecting film fan would not want to go to Middle Earth?
Oculus Rift will bring opportunities to the masses, we are completely on the shoulder. “Impossible”, “dangerous” or “funny” will remain at the mercy of lazy and boring. There is no reason not to jump off a cliff and feel a sense of free fall. Gravity and says you can not ride on the ant, but in a virtual reality that will remain behind. You can hunt lions unarmed – try to beat their hands and take possession of their Pride.
You can appeal to both ridiculous. Nothing will prevent you from becoming an elephant feel its immensity and weight and see how difficult it is with people who want to shoot you. Magic will cease to be available only real wizards, and many will receive their tickets to Hogwarts, even in an age far from preschool. That these absurdities free us to implement new ideas in real virtuality.
We talked about the activities in which everyone can participate. But imagine the possibilities Oculus Rift opens for people in wheelchairs! Being bedridden does not mean that you can not explore uncharted planets in spaceships. Being a 90-year-old does not mean that you can not ride on a roller coaster.
The only thing you need to worry – it’s about the fact that some people are too deeply immersed in the virtual world due to the imperfections of the real. This has happened before, for example, World of Warcraft, but in virtual reality has its advantages: it actually have to swing an imaginary sword.
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