CES 2014: Oculus Rift Prototype... Because Seeing Dots is a Symptom of NOT Throwing Up?
Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | January 9, 2014 - 12:35 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Oculus, oculus rift, CES, CES 2014
Ryan awaited his Oculus Rift eagerly right from the time he placed his Kickstarter donation. He was able to use the device for a few minutes at QuakeCon and last year's CES but he wanted to game for longer sessions to get feel for it. As it turned out, a few minutes in to an Unreal Tournament 3-based demo, he felt the onset of motion sickness.
Image Credit: Oculus via Ars Technica
The company was at this year's CES with a new prototype called "Crystal Cove". This version looks somewhat like a mocap suit on your face, with various white dots to be recognized by a camera. The thought seems to be that motion capture techniques are lower latency and maybe even more precise than the motion sensors alone. That, combined with the OLED screen's new policy of quickly presenting frames for only a couple of milliseconds, is supposed to make a world of difference in terms of blurriness and nausea.
There are still concerns with the Oculus as a shipping product, however. When your eyes are covered by screens you are subjecting yourself to sensory deprivation. It may be immersive but it does not replace the reality that your body exists within. The cat may be at your feet even if it is not in your virtual world. This will obviously be less of an issue when combined with the Omni treadmill (or similar device) because it keeps your body in a defined space.
Still, advances seem to happen even more quick than a yearly basis. What do you expect the state of Oculus will be at next year's CES?
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