TechKnowledge: Introducing the Oculus Rift

Oculus-Rift

Hi! My name is Martin Costa, and I love technology. I believe the technology we have access to dictates the strength of the world’s economy and defines how we go about our day-to-day lives. We live in an exciting era where the growth of technology is continuing to expand at an ever-increasing rate. In the last 30 years, computers, the Internet, and smartphones have completely changed our lives. What changes will we see in the next 30 years? Chances are, the innovations of the near future will be much more influential than those of the recent past. In my column, TechKnowledge, I hope to provide insight about devices that will soon become important parts of our lives.

I will start by talking about one of my favorite topics: virtual reality. Introduced to consumers in the 1990s, virtual reality initially failed because the available hardware just wasn’t advanced enough to provide quality entertainment. Twenty years later, virtual reality is making a huge comeback. In August 2012, Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus VR, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his project to re-explore the possibilities of virtual reality with a new head-mounted display named Oculus Rift. The campaign was a resounding success, receiving over $2,400,000 in the 30-day funding period. The Oculus Rift is currently in development, with a development kit now available to purchase for $300. Below, I’ve included the video found on Oculus Rift’s original Kickstarter page, which gives an overview of the features of the new head-mounted display.

 
In my next post, I will continue to talk about the Oculus Rift, going into more detail about its features and discussing the possible applications and impacts that virtual reality could have on our lives in the next ten years or so. I will also be showcasing other gadgets that present exciting promises for the future.

Words by Martin Costa

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