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Why Facebook Bought Oculus Rift for $2 Billion | MIT Technology Review

Why Facebook Bought Oculus Rift for $2 Billion | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Facebook acquired Oculus Rift because it believes virtual reality could be the next big thing after mobile.
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This could be huge! People might one day interact using animated avatars in virtual public, virtual private, in constructed locations or in fantasy realms. Not just in games but in immediate narratives. Educational innovations will probably quickly follow behind the entertainment innovations as will some STEM business applications.  People will be able to interact with virtual objects, concepts, and symbols that will allow creativity and innovation. New recording technologies may develop as well, transforming all that occurs in this virtual reality into a kind of narrative.

Very soon though, there might be other innovations where existing technologies that include touch-simulation and gesture controls might get integrated with the Oculus concept in a way that brings people close to the "holodeck" experience. 

 

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"The headset, designed by 21-year-old Palmer Luckey, has been available as a developer kit since March 2013. So far it’s primarily been used for video games (see “Can Oculus Rift Turn Virtual Wonder into Commercial Reality?”). John Carmack, co-creator of the seminal 3-D video game Doom, joined Oculus VR in August; many enthusiasts and independent game makers have already released games and demos for the hardware. This has happened even though the company hasn’t announced a launch date for a commercial version of the hardware. At this point the device isn’t expected to be released any earlier than the end of this year."

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highcodata's comment, April 1, 8:06 AM
Au delà de la transaction financière, ce qui comptera ce sont les usages qui ne se limitent pas qu'au jeu comme en témoigne la vidéo de tesco qui revisite le parcours shopper http://tiny.cc/xezmdx
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Eyes-on with the Oculus Rift's jaw-dropping virtual reality system

Eyes-on with the Oculus Rift's jaw-dropping virtual reality system | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Gizmag was able to spend some time trying out the latest virtual reality goggles from Oculus at CES 2013.
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