Reality Check - 5 Amazing non-game uses for Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift isn't just for games. This week on Reality Check, Cam picks his 5 favourite non-game uses of the popular VR headset.
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How about a 3D full 360° Movie.
we should use this to control military grade robots that way we can send robots to conflict zones without risking actual people
that way the enemy will be buthurt cause even if they manage and "kill" one the user just gets the experience and controls another robot, sort of like a cyclon warrior
I know this is going to sound like a cheesy marketing line, but the Rift really does seem to be opening things up to a whole new way of interacting with the world, nay the universe!
Ford's use seems a bit lame. They've been designing cars without it for a century. How much of an improvement could it be with it? I can imagine Rift having limited success in helping PTSD. I for one certainly wouldn't want to sit and watch a traumatic event of my life over and over again, but it's harder to escape a memory than it is to simply close your eyes or take off a headset.
Its use as a training tool for amputees is pretty cool and probably the most noble use mentioned in the video. It'd be awesome if that proved to be successful.
NASA's use for Rift, and it's applications as an AR device have awesome potential for your everyday punter, and NASA's use of it to control robots makes me wonder what would happen if the military made use of it. The AR application makes me think of that scene from Minority Report where Anderton is walking past all those people having various VR experiences. Some of them were not all that wholesome.
A non-gaming use I find fascinating is the "out of body experience" or even the "body swap" experiment: with the proper setup the Rift lets you see from the POV of any person, and by providing the same stimuli to the same parts of your body and the body of the person whose POV you are using, the effect is your brain recognizing that person's body as your own.
Are there any naysayers left who still think Oculus is just a gimmick that will fade into oblivion like motion controls?
People that have early versions of the Oculus Rift seem to gush about how great it is and yet Palmer Lucky keeps telling us about reducing latency, need for better display parts, new wireless development, and on and on. Point being, if it's already mind-blowing fun at this stage what will it be like in 5 years with a big consumer base, savvier developers, and cheap off-shelf parts designed for VR? This could start a whole new phase for the desktop pc.
It'll be very useful in the field of Architecture or Civil Engineering.Create a fullscale virtual 3D model of a building,then use the OR to survey the building or allow your clients to take a look at it before work on the building has actually started.
I've had the chance to use the first dev kit Rift on several occasions and it truly is an amazing experience. It's the future, or at least a big part of it, without a doubt. I'm far far more excited about the final consumer Rift than any of the new consoles.
Honestly, I saw some posts and videos a couple years ago about how surgeons ere using Kinect 1.0 to do certain surgeries. If this makes surgeon's better at removing cancers, tumors, performing brain surgeries or other difficult surgeries, etc. then this is something this would be really beneficial to people. Medical science is where the future needs to go. Customizing this technology with the ability to switch what the surgeon is looking at on-the-fly (be-it xray, vascular, more precision, etc.) seems like a no-brainer to me. The ability to adapt it to other technology that exists could mean a new MRI or understanding of medical science.
How about manually controlling your robot vacuum cleaner!? Think of the fun you'd have freaking out the cat.
Here is one possible use of oculus rift :D
I see a world with everyone wearing Oculus Rift contact lenses or implants. We'll all be waving our arms about interfacing with virtual windows, apps and objects that don't actually exist in reality. Everyone will see what you are doing and using because all Rifts will be linked via network.
The catch is, if you take off the contacts or implants, you will be living in a world of people waving their limbs about and staring at - nothing.
So what you're telling me is that this will have the same problem with Kinect in terms of gaming? It will have very fancy technology and many potential uses....but not for gaming. Is that it?
It'll probably be a long time before the gaming audience can really sink their teeth into this. Ask the WiiU, the Kinect, the PS Move, or the PS Vita....you can have good hardware, but if you don't have games that use that hardware and use it well, you will still fall short of your expectations.
I think the walking on Mars thing is useless cuz it's just like walking in a desert -- nothing to see. But allowing virtual trips to other cities or tourist attractions, for example, would be great. The last one is also very cool. I'd love to be able to replace everybody around me with hot, virtual blondes! ;-)
Since I got the developers kit there's not been one day where I haven't used it, I just can't bring myself to play games any other way, Oculus is the closest thing to being in the game, it's a lot of fun when you're drunk as well :)
Great stuff! I'm convinced is the types of applications like these that will make AR/VR integral to our society. I'm currently working on an application which places the user in a tailor made environments within a MMO scenario with the intent that the environment will mitigate the types of psychological conditions mentioned in this video while promoting creativity and triggering the imagination. I'm currently working to adapt this platform to control a cell containing 5 6 axis robotic arms through virtual reality as yet another way for the physical and virtual to interact. The project is on Kickstarter so please stop by, check it out, and please leave feedback!
I'm going to figure out a way to attach my OR to my ATH-AD900's. So comfortable I will never, ever have to take it off.
Those were pretty cool, and that last one in particular seems really amazing. I wish I had the chance to make something like that. The funds, the time, the lab, the people, the knowhow...sounds nice right now.
So now we know that the kinect, the oculus rift, and the omni treadmill could work together as I have wanted for some time. Is there a harptic feedback glove that we could also work in?
Fantastic episode. I thought the virtual car was cool until "wearing a virtual Oculus Rift whilst wearing an Oculus Rift" popped up. I wonder if there's an amount of money I wouldn't be prepared to spend to have the Oculus Rift in my life... ?
i want to learn to cook without blowing my kitchen
should i get oculus or get a wife?
i only have money for one
We could watch movies with this, wow. Occulus Rift is going to be quite a revolution.
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Augmented reality is within my reach! I just have to wear this brick on my face! Surprisingly tempting...
@Gaze51 I'm not saying I'm a naysayer, I'm already hyped to buy one. I do however not think that just because something seems good it will do well.
It's success will depends on how many buy it. That will depends on how much content there is that takes advantage of it.
You mention motion control for example. It's technically a great idea (especially when paired with occulus) but the developers didn't take full advantage of it and instead tried to squeeze stuff in where it wasn't needed. This lead to motion control feeling more like a forced gimmick in many cases.
@Dirty_Window Don't worry, i've done 29 episodes of this show and this is the first to start with a number. List content makes sense sometimes though, but I won't make a habit out of it with this show.
That said the next episode is '4 Reasons Video Games Make You Smarterer". But i promise to take a break from numbers after that :)
@robertleva you should buy a pair of them then. lol
@Scarshi Yeah, and we thought people looked crazy talking on their bluetooth headsets :P
@Scarshi fine with me lol
@sad_dorito Easy...take my wife and I will buy you an Oculus.
@sad_dorito Go for the wife and take care of her. She won't go out of date or get replaced by new tech. Maintenance is different, but worth it. Organic vs non-organic tech...organic wins!
@sad_doritoThe wife is going to cost you way more and will require additional and increasing payments for the rest of your life. Go for the Rift son... go for the Rift...
@mrindigo15I know you were being sarcastic, but yeah, watching movies will be really cool with this for at least one reason: The rush of having a gigantic projector screen at a fraction of the cost. Sony's biggest and best projector costs $30,000. The Rift will cost $300 or so. My 65" TV was $5000, so I'd easily pay that for the Rift. The Rift is a steal no matter how you cut it.
@cameronrobinson I'm glad to hear it. There's only so many numbered lists the internet can cope with. Although perversely, countdowns seem exempt. Go figure.
@cameronrobinsonAlso, keep up the good work. The UK crew seems somewhat marginalised nowadays.
With rubber face Cocker, Jane and Start/Select all going way of the dodo.
PS Please tell Jonneh to lose some weight lest I start calling him Tubbs McTubberson.