Today I stumbled across the Oculus Rift, a very cool head-mounted display (HMD) currently in development. Most of the talk is about its use in 3D gaming, but I wonder how cool it might be to use for development. Imagine a huge virtual IDE where you move your head to see different parts and focus into them. Heck, it could wrap all the way around you. Your mobile device simulator could be a virtual mobile device. And you could use a motion sensing gaming controller like the Razer Hydra or Kinect to interact with the IDE. It appears Elon Musk is also wondering about it, so I must not be totally crazy...
Of course, most of the demos at the moment are of games. Check out:
- A guy playing the demo for the Alone horror game.
- A guy walking around in a Kinect demo.
- A guy walking around a VR world created from 3D scans of real people (NSFW). I guess this one isn't really a game as such.
If you want to read more, here are the opinions of some pundits:
- Commercial Reality: Why the man behind EVE Online is betting on VR while others aren’t - engadget
- Can Oculus Rift Turn Virtual Wonder into Commercial Reality? - MIT Technology Review
One other fun fact: Palmer Luckey, the developer of the Oculus Rift, is 20 years old.