DARPA, the US government's R&D arm, is looking to Oculus Rift to make cyber-warfare more approachable to the American military, immersing the military in 3D representations of target networks. Part of Plan X, DARPA's ongoing work on reducing the technical requirements for a new age of digital warfare, the Oculus integration is currently only conceptual, though the agency says it has already been briefed on upcoming hardware from the headset company.
Oculus Rift has been tested in a variety of applications, the latest of which is as a "Virtual Ticket Blaster Experience" with Chuck E. Cheese, of all places. The kid-centric franchise is full of games and screaming children, the latter of which get to try out the virtual experience at select Chuck E. Cheese stores.
When you think of Oculus Rift, the virtual reality simulator headset, next-generation games immediately come to mind. Now for developer Chadtronic. Instead, he’s gone back into the archives, making clear that he’ll not rest until his favorite games from the past 30 years are fully prepared for out full VR enjoyment.
Parrot is taking to the skies again with the Parrot Bebop Drone, focusing on high-definition video recording with no moving camera parts, unlike rivals like the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. Building on Parrot's two generations of AR.Drone, the new quadricopter is smaller, smarter, and more maneuverable than the drones that came before it; we grabbed some time at the controls - including using Oculus Rift integration to make you feel like you're riding along - to find out more.
If you've ever wished to see the view from high up above but never had the guts for things like skydiving, then you might now have the next best thing. Oculus FPV is a rather genius project that combines an Oculus Rift VR headset, a DJI Phantom 2 drone, and two cameras to give you an aerial view that is almost as good as the real thing.
"It is reality!" this very jubilant expression is what cancer patient Roberta Firstenberg had to say about her first Oculus Rift experience. Grandmother of game artist Priscilla Firstenberg, Roberta was confined indoors due to her health condition. She was able to enjoy the surreal experience of climbing stairs – something she found painful – and reach out to butterflies and simply 'fly' thanks to the VR Company.
It would appear that the wearable trend in smart devices is being skipped over by an especially immersive re-birth of a technology of sorts. Virtual Reality through devices like Oculus Rift and Sony’s upcoming Project Morpheus are wildly popular, commanding not only airwaves, but (in Oculus’ case) device sales as well. What’s more: Oculus’ most recent numbers are much more impressive than any common device due to the fact that they’re not intended for anyone outside the software development environment.
It’s not every day that you see an internet-based 3D engine pushing a game to virtual reality with one line of code. That’s what’s been demoed this week as HTML5 loomed over the crowd at Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 developers convention. It’s just one line of code with the Babylon.js 3D engine and a game is converted from 2D to fully Oculus Rift-ready.
It’s suggested by Oculus VR that their second Oculus Rift developer unit is made to be much closer to a final deliverable consumer product than the first. In creating a better sense of "presence" as well as an improved overall comfort for the user, they’ve aimed at a device that’ll be ready to use by anyone, not just a developer. Today we’re having an up-close look and feel with the machine at GDC 2014.