The holodeck in Star Trek: The Next Generation may be one of the best fictional examples of a virtual reality out there. Now imagine this concept brought into your very own living room.
With the Occulus Rift VR display, those dreams may become reality sooner than you may think.
Behind Project Holodeck is the University of Southern California‘s School of Cinematic Arts and Viterbi School of Engineering. They have come up with the Project Oculus glasses, a glasses display that has a 1,280 x 800 resolution that makes users’ experience that much more immersive.
Put the VR display on and couple it with a Playstation Move for head tracking and also a Razer Hydra Sixense motion controller that tracks six-axis hand movements to totally immerse the player into the game. According to one of the team members, the experience isn’t like watching a floating television screen, it is meant to be a true immersion into virtual reality with simulated vision.
The glasses allow players to play in a large virtual space while they are physically in a small space.
Oculus Rifr are said to be going up on Kickstarter soon for an anticipated price of US$500. Not too bad for a pair of virtual reality glasses, if they are able to live up to their expectations.