Last Friday I attended one of my ‘most look forward to’ London meet up with Oculus Rift and InfiniteEye in this edgy Shoreditch.
When users tried on InfiniteEye’s VR headset developed by the team from France, the first word I heard and probably also the only word they said was ‘WOOOOOOW!’
It is true, when I tried it myself, I couldn’t say anything else while I was ‘in there’.
Sebastien ‘Cb’ Kuntz as one of the main speakers of this London meet up night said, ‘what VR trying to do is to trick your mind, making you feel like you are actually in the virtual scene, that becomes your “reality”.’
He said that with great passion about brain science and his hand gestures obviously suggested his enthusiasm while he was giving the presentation called ‘What makes virtual reality real?’
People at the meet up got the chance to try out some of the latest VR prototype products including the most expected Oculus Rift. This HMD was said not only have great potential in bringing immerse gaming experience, but in the area of AR, developers also expected it to perform better than Google Glass.
Users who tried on HMDs will always ‘look away’ as they were desperate to explore the virtual environment they were sent to. As for me? I was shouting and couldn’t help moving around when I was trying this Oculus Rift combined with a 4D experience kiosk (see above picture) giving me the feeling of sky diving. Lucky, I didn’t ‘die’ in my parachute-less ‘sky dive’. Instead, I ‘woke up’ from my dream, realising I was the only person shouting in the meet up space. Everyone else was just chatting away and having a beer as nothing had happened.
I also tried another Oculus Rift application with a console ‘moving objects and human’ in a virtual room. And as usual, I was talking a lot to myself and Sebastien just kindly explain to people around me who shocked by my insanely waving my arm around in reality that ‘Oh, she’s in, don’t worry.’
Other cool stuff included this above Atomic A2 simulator with a curved screen and active motion driving seat. It was absolutely bumping around as users ‘driving’ in the race. But as I am not a good driver, in fact, I freaked out when I first drive which directly led to the failure of obtaining a drivers license, I gave it a pass. Yet this economic friendly (which means it doesn’t cost companies loads to develop it) virtual driving experience set still reminded me of my painful past of not being able to drive.
However, maybe this Atomic A2 simulator could help me overcome my fear of driving. See, that’s why we need VR. And by the time when Oculus Rift become lighter to wear (it was really heavy for me), I am more than happy to use some AR guidance while I drive. I will expect it to give me real road scene by adding the camera to Oculus Rift and also giving all rounded AR road guidance reminding me to fasten my seat bell, also call my mom about the dinner that night!
…I am seriously joking.