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May 9, 2013 4:18 PM   Subscribe

Man with virtual reality headset films his friends trying it out for the first time. Hijinx ensue.
posted by MegoSteve (26 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
I want to try the Rift out so badly. I also like the guillotine simulator.
posted by codacorolla at 4:30 PM on May 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


...um, is this not sort of a Kickstarter post? Even if Gabe Newell says I should support it?
posted by percor at 4:34 PM on May 9, 2013


It's not a kickstarter post, but an upcoming piece of tech on pre-order. I thought the videos were pretty hilarious myself, I can't imagine what looking through this will be like.
posted by mathowie at 4:42 PM on May 9, 2013


I'm not a game dev, but 300 bucks for one of these things to play Doom 3 on sounds pretty damn good.
posted by Mooski at 4:52 PM on May 9, 2013


This is making my inner ear cringe, just watching someone else do it....
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:17 PM on May 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Already been Kickstarter'd, long long ago, even.

Pretty sure this is going to be big big big in gaming, too.
posted by Imperfect at 5:22 PM on May 9, 2013


If the price point is near the developer kit price and they've solved the various latency and feedback issues, well, it'll totally revitalize the porn industry.

It looks like the guy that threw up was basically thrown down a virtual staircase, folks will adapt pretty quick, and it looks to be really addictive.
posted by sammyo at 5:24 PM on May 9, 2013


If the price point is near the developer kit price and they've solved the various latency and feedback issues, well, it'll totally revitalize the porn industry.

With a bit of searching you can see people already doing this.

I won't be coy, here it is. NSFW, obviously.
posted by codacorolla at 5:27 PM on May 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


Pretty sure this is going to be big big big in gaming, too.

If this were part of a console package, that console would sell to the general public like the Wii did.
posted by MegoSteve at 5:29 PM on May 9, 2013


Also his son.
posted by St. Sorryass at 5:48 PM on May 9, 2013


One of the first music titles released will be a McCartney concert filmed in Brazil.
posted by hal9k at 5:51 PM on May 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I want this thing so badly it is almost physically painful.
posted by empath at 7:52 PM on May 9, 2013


Has anybody tried this with glasses yet?
posted by empath at 7:53 PM on May 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


As a slight derail, the NSFW video linked by codacorolla above is pretty amazing. It's a demonstration of a full body capture system, I think done using nothing more than an array of cameras. It's very technically cool and probably has uses far beyond their current set of demos, which involve scanning a lady in various states of undress.

If they can get that up to 60 Hz instead of just still frames, that's serious living-in-the-future stuff (and of course the initial applications will in all likelihood still be porn).
posted by figurant at 8:20 PM on May 9, 2013


Man, those Google Glasses don't look anything like I expected!!
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:29 PM on May 9, 2013


I also like this video of a 90-year-old woman trying it out.

"Were these originally taken in Tuscany?"
posted by painquale at 8:35 PM on May 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


Has anybody tried this with glasses yet?

If you can wear contacts, that's the best option. You can wear your glasses in it, but anything that puts your eyes farther away from its lenses will make you lose field of view. There's also two sets of substitute lens cups for different degrees of nearsightedness, but I don't know how much nearsightedness they correct, and people also say that their field of view isn't as good as with the default lenses (but probably still better than wearing glasses inside of it).
posted by Pyry at 10:04 PM on May 9, 2013


I want this thing so badly it is almost physically painful.
Order now if you want to get one anytime soon, I think they are estimating shipping in late August for new orders.

Until this post I had managed a good bit without compulsively checking everyday to see if they have somehow gotten ahead of scheduled and shipped mine.

No, no they have not, but maybe tomorrow.
I don't think I have been this excited to get a new toy in 25 years.
posted by St. Sorryass at 10:50 PM on May 9, 2013


These guys are stoned.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:51 PM on May 9, 2013


I'm pretty sure VR headsets have been around for more than 15 years now. Can anybody give a quick rundown on why this one is actually interesting?
posted by Chuckles at 11:50 PM on May 9, 2013


I'm pretty sure VR headsets have been around for more than 15 years now. Can anybody give a quick rundown on why this one is actually interesting?

High-resolution, low latency, inexpensive, better head-tracking. It's the kind of thing where enough incremental change in one product has a revolutionary effect -- see the iphone for another example. If I were to put it down to one technological change -- inexpensive, low-weight, high-quality lcd screens.
posted by empath at 12:01 AM on May 10, 2013


An old prof of mine made some prototype VR tracking headsets in the early 90s, although they sacrificed color and resolution for lower latency. It was accurate enough to induce vertigo in the user.

Flipping the viewer's x-axis so that the world moved left instead of right when the user turned their head to the left, was enough to make some users violently seasick.
posted by ceribus peribus at 1:35 AM on May 10, 2013


Once you add in Kinect-like functionality, this thing is going to be mind-blowing. I don't think people can even imagine the kinds of things you can do with it right now.
posted by empath at 1:37 AM on May 10, 2013


I got to spend a half or or so with one. For me, the discrepancy between what my semicircular canals felt vs what my eyes saw was the most disconcerting bit.
posted by sourwookie at 5:04 AM on May 10, 2013


Whatever next?
posted by Dub at 9:37 AM on May 10, 2013


You want mind-blowing? Someone is working on an omnidirectional treadmill for this.
posted by MegoSteve at 7:41 PM on May 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


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