What is Oculus rift?
Oculus Rift, founded by Lucky Palmer, is a virtual reality headset that works in the conjunction with mobile and computer. The headset displays a fully immersive 3D experience that gives you a feel that you are actually in the game.
How Oculus rift works?
Oculus rift has two display panels and two lenses having separate screens for different eyes. These together produce a 3D effect. The rift screens uses the same technology which is used in high-end smartphones. These screens are fixed at some inches away from the users face.
Lense refocuses the light as if they are coming from far away. Apart from that, these lenses magnify the length of images. It also forms separate images for each eye.
The embedded sensors fixed in the goggles senses the wearer’s head motions and adjust images accordingly. Rift adjusts the image so fast that the brain does not notice the delay.
However, the current sensors are not fast enough so there is latency in the immersive experience. It in fact uses two sensors since current sensors are not fast enough.
What is the difference between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality?
In augmented reality (AR), graphics are superimposed over a view of the real world. But, Oculus Rift allows you to experience only 3D world, and not the real world. An example of the AR application is global positioning system (GPS) that precisely pinpoints the user’s location. Thus, in AR technology enhances the perception of reality.
What is the “screen-door effect” of the Oculus Rift?
Since the screen is just few inches away from the screen , it almost seems that you are viewing the immersive world through a screen door. This is a flaw with the current Oculus Rift. However, it’s expected to be improved with time.
How much does the Oculus Rift cost?
The current developer version of the Oculus Rift costs $350. However, the price of the consumer version will be much more affordable when the mass production will start.
What is the difference between the developer version and consumer version of Oculus Rift?
The consumer version will have more advanced version, such as a high –resolution screen of more than 1080p. It will have less screen door effect. The latency between head movement and image will further come down leading to enhanced user feeling.
Is Oculus Rift compatible with the existing gaming consoles?
The developer version is not compatible with gaming consoles, but the consumer version is expected to be compatible with gaming consoles. However, since many gaming consoles are making their own VR headset so it may not work.
Will Oculus Rift work with other tech platforms?
Oculus VR has confirmed that the consumer version will work in sync with Android devices, but it’s not the case with the launch version. Since, it’s working with the Valve, it’s expected to be compatible with the Linux platform.
What are the minimum requirements to use the Oculus Rift?
The developer version of the Oculus Rift needs Windows 7 or higher, Mac OSX 10.8 or higher, or Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or higher, the processor with a minimum of 2.0 GHz and 2GB of RAM.