Awesome Stuff: Mainstreaming Augmented And Virtual Reality
from the oculus-who? dept
Yeah, so you’ve heard about how Facebook recently bought Oculus, perhaps the most high profile virtual reality company out there, for about $2 billion. But there are a number of others out there working on virtual and augmented reality projects. For this week’s awesome stuff post about interesting crowdfunding projects, we thought we’d look at a few projects that seem more geared towards mainstreaming this technology.
- First up, we’ve got the Altergaze — which might also be described as the poor man’s Oculus Rift. It’s a 3D printed (and it looks it) contraption for holding your mobile phone, and having an Oculus Rift-like virtual reality experience for a less money. The video clips of people reacting to it are fantastic.
- Next up, we’ve got the Rescape, which creates an augmented reality/virtual reality game on a mobile phone. It uses a funky “game controller,” which is more or less a device to make you feel like you’re holding a gun in a first person shooter, and which holds your phone on top, through which you can view the game. Tough to describe in words, easy to understand if you watch the video. Basically, it puts you live inside a first person shooter, using your mobile phone, even clothing other “players” in military outfits or whatever. If you ever wanted to “live” in a first person shooter, rather than just watching one on a TV or computer screen, check it out.
- Finally, this last one may be my favorite of the bunch, in part because the Matt Hat makes no effort at all to hide the fact that this is not a consumer product, was started entirely as a joke, but since people seemed interested in it, he’d toss it up on Kickstarter. Basically, it’s an attempt to create a DIY augmented reality heads up display, a la a Google Glass, but rather than something like Glass, this is just taking an old baseball cap, a visor and a smartphone — and then patching it all together. It looks terrible, and the guy behind it doesn’t hide that at all. Also, assembling it yourself is required (even though he’ll include a baseball cap in the package — though no indication what kind). That involves cutting a hole in the cap, some rubber bands and a variety of other random things. As Matt himself notes, this is functional, not fashionable. The video showing you how to put it together yourself is fantastic.
That’s it for this week. Go enjoy some real reality.