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Occulus Rift

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by webbie, May 29, 2014.

  1. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    An amazing story in the current issue of Wired about the 19 year old who hacked these together - just acquired by facebook for 2 billion.

    It's a game changer, according to the writers and many others. I'm a believer after reading it.
    http://www.wired.com/2014/05/oculus-rift-4/

    BG, hang onto that FB stock. I'm in it too now!

    For those who don't follow tech, these are Virtual Reality glasses. But, there is a big difference between these and the former attempts. Simply speaking, these don't get you sick or dizzy and the experience is exactly as real life. That's a big thing!

    The applications are endless. Teaching, face to face meetings, experiences (anything without being there) - of course, we drone flyers will be able to be fully immersed in flying!

    But even that doesn't cover it all. Imagine some of the best "flying" dreams you ever had. I had one where I was walking along and just got lighter and was able to just will myself up in the air and steer perfectly. Now imagine we could call up such things on demand.

    The folks who have seen demos of these say it's as big as any tech they have even seen - iphones, ipads, the web itself, etc....I have to agree.

    Maybe we will finally get that orgasmatron.
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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    It's cool tech for sure. Skype plans on having real time translation happening by summer. Imagine how the world will change when you can have real time conversations with folks in foreign countries.

    I also saw a new tool that is pretty cool yesterday. It's a quite capable 3D printer for under $250. This is another tech sector that is really taking off.
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-matter-mod-t-a-3d-printer-for-everyone
  3. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    If I knew how to draw, I'd probably go for a makerbot or something like that...cool stuff. There are lots of parts and fittings being made for quadcopters, etc. which are available as files - or, can get them printed on demand (shapethings, etc.).

    Definitely a new world coming. Someday you will print a local copy of your wood stove....
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow - just wow. My head is spinning. I am not a gamer, but my head is buzzing about the possibilities outside of that community.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Some day we will have replicators. "Computer. Tea, earl grey, hot."
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    Someday I may get a smartphone.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Save up for the orgasmatron, it'll be more fun.
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    hossthehermit Minister of Fire

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    "Simply speaking, these don't get you sick or dizzy and the experience is exactly as real life."

    If ya don't git sick or dizzy, then it ain't AT ALL like real life ...............
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I already have the analog model.
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Remember BRAINSTORM...the movie Natalie Wood was making when she died?
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Uh huh.
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    That only works if you're handy.
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    I had a hard enough time programming my learning remote.

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