The Oculus Rift once again made news on Friday, when a man used it to make himself "fly like a bird." In addition to the Oculus Rift, the man used a machine contraption that emulated wings. This was done at the Zurich University of the Arts. It's one of the many Oculus Rift virtual reality experiences people are having.
The Oculus Rift is the first true consumer virtual reality headset. Like Google Glass, only a developer version has been released. Unlike Google Glass, the Oculus Rift is about to take off into the stratosphere, especially since Facebook just purchased it for $2 Billion. A second developer version will be released in July. The full consumer version, we are told, will be released during the 2015 holiday season.
What differentiates the Oculus Rift from other video headsets is that the screen is all-encompassing. For example, when playing a game, you can actually look up and down in the virtual reality world. You can even see your feet (provided that the game provides this). The Oculus Rift can put you in the middle of a concert. When you look behind, you see people behind you. When you look in front, you will see your favorite band playing, along with the heads of audience members in front of you.
Los Angeles Industry Analyst Paul Muller, who has tried the second developer version of the device, tells us it's the most incredible thing he's seen since working in the tech industry. "I was viewing a simulation of a roller coaster. It was so real that I could actually feel my stomach drop when going down," he tells us. Although the Oculus Rift was initially seen as a gaming device, Mueller believes it will change the way we watch movies forever. "Imagine a movie about outer space using the Oculus Rift! I don't know how much a movie like that would cost, but it's definitely on its way," he continues.
We will receive the second developer version of the Oculus Rift in either late July or early August. Keep checking on this column for updates about this amazing device.