Virtual Reality, the most buzzed word in the technology area lately, is a technology that creates an illusive three-dimensional environment, where you could feel as if you are present there! As most techies believe, VR is subsequently going to be the next big computing platform. Hence various tech companies are busy with shaping up their VR accessories through enormous R&D methods nowadays. In that note Oculus VR, which was initially developed by Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe was later acquired by Facebook owing to its success and massive development in the VR platform.
Major companies have turned their focus on the VR market accounting to the increasing popularity and demand for more developed VR accessories. Earlier this month, Google presented its first version of VR headset called, Daydream VR empowered by mobile phones. Subsequently Sony launched their PlayStation VR headset for gaming countering HTC Vive, which has been a successful one for PC gaming.
However, VR have always been high-priced technology, being prohibitive for its cost. And remarkably the Oculus Drift, which offers a high quality VR experience have also been criticized for its high cost. As per most of the technology Analysts’ opinion, Oculus Drift will be limited in the future because of its cost though being a promising technology. A famous technology analyst Ben Woods from CCS Insight stated that the product will change the entire VR world like Barrack Obama’s Political UNO Summit will been seen in a 360 degrees VR environment.
Oculus Connect 3
During Oculus Connect 3, the third annual developers’ conference held in San Jose city on 6th Oct, 2016, Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated the new Oculus Rift product on stage, taking selfie with his wife and his dog via 360-degree video camera in his front room virtually. He looked as a cartoon like figure in the VR environment as others could see him.
As explained in the conference, in the mentioned VR environment, the people engaged can see one another as an avatar (Cartoon-like), where one could control their avatar to show a desired emotion with the help of Oculus Rift’s hand-held controllers. An advanced voice sentiment analysis is also enabled to express varied emotions.
He acknowledged that the present Oculus Rift headset is bit expensive and stated that Facebook is working on a more affordable VR headset, enabling the technology to reach more people globally. The new product would offer improved visuals and interactions at a low price. He also prompted, the developing headset would use innovative Computer Vision Software (CVS), which would assist the wearer to move around freely by detecting what’s around by itself. As far as now, most high-end VR headsets track a person’s movement around the desired VR area by using a series of sensors. He also added that the product is still under development and it’s too early to open up more about it.
Though Mr. Zuckerberg was deprived of explaining more about the product, since he don’t want to get much hopes about it by now, it has already gained too much anticipation about how a social media like Facebook could feel in a VR environment.
Mr. Palmer Luckey one of the Co-founder of OCULUS, was missing during the presentation. A report on the Daily Beast stated that it was a backlash against the news, that he donated $10,000 to Nimble America, where they are focused on bringing politically charged internet memes into reality. Luckey posted an apology on Facebook saying that ‘his actions were his own and it does not represent Oculus’.