Reality Check - What Does the Oculus Rift Do To Your Brain?

This week Cam delivers a virtual reality check and investigates the effect of the Oculus Rift on the human brain.

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falling26
falling26

Hey Cam,

I'm writing a paper on the oculus rift, Any chance i can get ahold of some of your Sources

Thanks

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

So both of our eyes see the same image while wearing an OR?

Jimbobasaur
Jimbobasaur

We will get there when we get there, and we will get there. It is said in the future that the difference between the virtual world and the real world will be indistinguishable.

MendozaMD
MendozaMD

All I could think about is the "Ready Player One" book by Ernest Cline.

Some of these things need to evolve, , but It's starting... 

O - Oculus Rift
A - ?
S - Steam controller (haptic feedback)
I - Internet
S - ?

What lies in the future??

ispkuni
ispkuni

This is the beginning of getting the masses to understand that the world they currently live in is a "dream" or virtual reality of matter.  We live in a holographic universe and the mind is using the brain as a virtual simulator to generate experiences for the sake of evolution to a higher dimension. Einstein said in this new type of physics (quantum) there is not enough room for both the field and matter, for matter is the illusion and the field must be the only reality. Math doesn't lie and quantum physics is not radical opinion.

eduardvictor
eduardvictor

After watching 3 episodes of this show, this is now hands down my favorite gaming related show on the internet. This is the thinking gamer's show, this is the PC gamer's show. Thanks for making this!

darkassassin911
darkassassin911

This will be very good for people unknowingly recruited into the unmanned Predator Drone program

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

i think its a great idea :) but there are some truly terrifying applications for this type of tech.  in the wrong hands it could be a torture device, a prison, a means to inflict terrible physiological damage.

and there are plenty of people / agency's with wrong hands out there ...

BiohazardXTREME
BiohazardXTREME

I just really hope that even if this kind of technology becomes more popular, it's not going to result in ALL games being first person. I like my on-screen avatars, thank you.

Jam133
Jam133

Do we really want a virtual world that's 100% immersive? How will we be able to differentiate the real from the unreal? If it's real to all our senses what's to say that's not a reality in and of itself? Or something similarly inception-esque.

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

Oh man! I think one day they are going to make some console that will convert the whole room into the Game World so you are literally in it . Imagine playing Call of Duty or any other FPS on it   :o

DeyanBG
DeyanBG

Not close to Sword art Online. I know it's an anime but however. It'll be cool if it's like that anime. But too much money for some virtual reality i don't reall like it but however it's my opinion I will see it in the future, but for this we need powerfull pc ...

SpazldNinjaDude
SpazldNinjaDude

Well we will get true VR. I don't know how long it will take, but for now, we need the entire computing power of Google to make the world 'real'. And that simply costs WAY too much.

J-007
J-007

Awesome! Only disappointing thing is its not available yet..

gfrgafffgfffady
gfrgafffgfffady

quick question; what happens when one uses this thing drunk seeing a two-fold image? has anyone tried this?

DLloyd1976
DLloyd1976

The Oculus Rift is supported by Unity, Unreal Engine 3 and most importantly Unreal Engine 4 (next gen gaming).


The level of immersion will need to have detailed graphics which dynamically change in detail based on distance and environments which are scaled to how we work in real life, picking up items and looking at the detail and the interaction of elements on/within them.

I for one can't wait. Check out the Unreal 4 engine demo on youtube in HD 1080p and imagine that level of graphical quality coming through the 1080p (per an eye) commercial version of the oculus rift!

For me the complete setup would be for me to get rid of my screens for both work and gaming, to just use the rift combined with gloves for position tracking sensors (of sorts) to detect x,y & z of each finger and wrist rotation at 1,000Hz (not kinect style tracking as this would require you to be too far away from the sensor for practical and accurate use in the office).

The possibilities for the education, simulation and research sectors are awesome.

Windows 10, Ubuntu 15, OS XX should all be VR ready.

spector000
spector000

Create a holodeck then give us a call. 

Anything short of that is a waste of money. 

delta16x
delta16x

i'll tell you what i think.
i think, THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME !

this can be developed into something MUCH, MUCH more than what it is now ( 'now' also, it is awesome ^_^ )

frozen-silence
frozen-silence

Zabardast. Everyone brings different topics for their gameshows but you have nailed it. Nice one

aliloush92
aliloush92

Oculus Rift is a start for something potentially great. All we need now is more time and money. I think within a decade, we'll be able to get stunning graphics and incredible response for full immersion. Maybe the Oculus Rift will replace the T.V for gamers one day.

oldschoolvandal
oldschoolvandal

Looking forward to enter the Matrix....or are we there already? I'm confused.

Looks good and if it has further applications other than games already, I hope the research and development continues to be supported/funded.

hairdie
hairdie

i think all the demos that is were shown graphically sucked . this would have hampered immersion .i do get why the graphics werent that great though

Wensea10
Wensea10

And this is why video game science is awesome.

ScouseMelon
ScouseMelon

Soon, the machines will take over.......

Lord_Asmodeus
Lord_Asmodeus

The prototype unit that I've played around with is very cool - but not near the point where you could "get lost" in.

However, I think the consumer version, coupled with something like the OMNI could really cause you to question reality. It's an exciting (and frightening) aspect.

Great Vid!

maybock3000
maybock3000

Everyone should read the Otherland books by Tad Williams. Very cool virtual reality story!

fedetaco
fedetaco

I love this guys episodes, this is definitely a really interesting video....

vadagar1
vadagar1

frankly if u hook some stimuli to the base of the brain and that tech was so high (think matrix) the person won't know the difference between realilty or fiction 

in fact the only indicator would be the body in reality degrading from lack of food, light, water...etc, now would the brain realize this is up for debate.... perhaps it will "die" no one will know until we make true VR 

vadagar1
vadagar1

melt it from awsomeness ??!!! 

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Shit, this one's going to take me a few views to wrap my head around.

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

If I don't die like Sword Art Online, then this game is too easy.

tonyukuk
tonyukuk

“All our knowledge begins with the senses...”  -Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

I'm a Game design major and they had gotten an oculus rift dev kit today and when I demoed it, it was kind of off putting and disorientating and I could only look through it for a short period of time before it started making me sick to my stomach but still very amazing. The biggest problems I had with it was the resolution (800 X 600), and the frame rate was kind of bad, but they are making an HD version so I hope these problem will be fixed. 

Falzonn
Falzonn

Touch, taste, sight, sound, smell.  Of the 5 senses, we can really only achieve sight and sound reliably at the moment, barring some kind of extreme smell machine wafting odours at you.  Things like motion can sorta be achieved with things like an omni-directional treadmill, and immersion increased further with motion cameras, or things like a gun controller.  I'd imagine that's about what's attainable right now at any rate, until our understanding of physics allows for the holodeck at any rate, or we develop methods to, instead of fooling our exterior sense, try to hook into our brain and fool it directly.  Implanted brain chips here we come!  Err... hmm...  what with hacking, that's probably not the best idea.

skipper847
skipper847

This device contains flashing images :D

Daian
Daian

@BiohazardXTREME the only first person games I like are FPS, everything else just feels weird from that perspective.

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

@Jam133 you mean like a taco within a taco within a double decker taco supreme INSIDE YOUR MIND !!!!!! ?? like that ? 


wizardboyus
wizardboyus

@DeyanBG man if there was a game like sword art online, may as well attach me to an IV machine cuz i don't think i'd wanna leave XD

SpazldNinjaDude
SpazldNinjaDude

@gfrgafffgfffady You don't see a double image, it looks like 1 image, so drunk you would see 2, just like in the real world. It's like 3D (well because it is), without glasses you see 2 images, but with, you see 1.

DTH17
DTH17

@hairdie Plus, I don't really think they want to spend a ton of time perfecting a simple demo when they are simply trying to perfect the hardware behind the concept. The reason that graphics get polished up all nicely is for the consumers. When devs are testing features it really doesn't matter that much

HasH101
HasH101

@hairdie it would affect the refresh rate of the Oculus and this would delay your movement on screen destroying the VR affect, when the Oculus hard ware gets better so will the graphics it can support. make sense? 

norabbitnofun
norabbitnofun

@Falzonn Well I do believe brain hacking will be the only way to achieve this 5-sense immersion you are referring to. But I hope we still have some time until then, as "BTL addiction" will surely become a social problem when this comes.

For now and for the coming years, it would be great to see our sense of balance be tricked by oculus rift 2 (or 3). Since that sense is based on our ears, would there not be a way for a device placed on the ear to trick it?

Next would be touch. When I think of touch, I think of the Lawnmower Man movie with the full body suit. There has got to be something we can do for this! (Isn't now the era of industrial mass production of electronic goods? Then why not suits?) Even if you trick only my hands with details in terms of touch, and the rest of my body partially, I think I can get immensely drown into another reality.

Well, that's until I am hungry or sleepy. Which I am now, so I let you guys express your ideas! How should we be tricked next?