VR is spectacular but lonely: Here’s how it needs to change to succeed | ZDNet

The Oculus Rift is a remarkable, intoxicating, mesmerising experience, and virtual reality, or VR, will almost certainly turn out to be one of the defining technologies of the next century — but not quite yet.

I first tried out a VR headset perhaps a dozen years ago: it was like trying to play Pong while wearing a diving helmet. On a boat in a storm. At midnight. Drunk.

The Rift shows how much the state of the art has advanced. In a post-industrial hipster-infested warehouse — inevitably not too far from Shoreditch in London — I got a tour of some of the games and other ‘experiences’ being built for the headset.

Unlike AR where the virtual image only takes up a small amount of your field of vision, with Rift you are entirely surrounded.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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