This is a fascinating story. I came across a post on Reddit where user PoxiPolus shared his experience where he was never able to perceive depth from birth, but after using a VR headset for the first time, it somehow rewired or retriggered his brain to enable him to see depth and shares the story with the community.
Having founded Oculus in 2012 and been an important face for the company throughout its growth from fledgling startup to $2 billion acquisition by Facebook and beyond, it was a shock to see Palmer Luckey leave the company just two months ago. Having shied away from the public eye since September 2016 after the ousting of a polarizing political position, Luckey has gone on record in an interview for the first time since leaving the company.
Excerpt: I went to Sundance 2016 for the express purpose of covering virtual reality, and over the past week, I tried out all but a handful of the 30-plus VR-related experiences at its experimental New Frontier show. New Frontier is obviously just one part of the festival, but since last year, virtual reality has been big enough to merit a collection of the weirdest, darkest, and most sublime excursions that we’ve taken into other worlds. Here are some of the most interesting moments from my show — I’ve chronicled several more over the course of our Sundance coverage.
Virtual reality is a technology that has to be experienced. It’s hard to explain to someone that you can put on a headset, look around and enjoy the illusion of being somewhere else. This advertisement for Samsung’s Gear VR tries to show off the experience using a few neat tricks, but mostly serves as an example of how hard it will be to get your average consumer interested in VR.
Virtual Reality is a lot of fun, but many critics believe that the lack of games and hefty price tag of high end systems like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are going to relegate VR to the growing collection of technological fads that have come and gone. So – is Virtual Reality destined to become the next standard in gaming, or is it just another fad?