Building a machine for fun in VR

I have a few VR blog topics in mind, but am lacking any clear thought train on it, so we are going to just jump around a bit and blurt them out… ADD? Me?

This video is newish and interesting in that it (tries to) give both the view of a person sitting on a couch looking at someone using VR and the view of the person in VR (but the angle for them looks off to me).
It’s only 23 seconds, so its not too much to check out;

The point I want to make is that things are really hotting up in this space. Late last month both big contenders for our money were released, Facebook with their Oculus and HTC with the Vibe. They are both a fist full of money, so are not on my list, nor on Terrys… Let me explain that one for just a sec….

Terry is what we would call ‘the target audience’ for one of these. Last semester he got a job teaching programming, so has some expendable income. His goal for said money. VR/AR. That is what he was saving for. The Oculus was announced, he could afford it, but did not go for it. Why? Because Facebook.
They seem to be locking down the system and keeping true to a proprietary protocol for their system. Terry is not interested in that approach. It has to work with all games, or its a no show.
HTC was making all the right noises, open, developer friendly and a really nice system using a front facing camera…. The big day came and the price was announced. Some 300 bucks more than the Oculus. That killed it dead for him.
So, we have 20 something, ‘hard core’ gamer, working and saving hard to get into the space, and they each killed it for him.

Me? It is a solution looking for a problem. I will keep messing about with my frankenstein (future blog post) mashup and see what I can see… In VR of course….