Virtual Reality at CES 2015 – IT Consulting Tech Blog – Eboxlab
Virtual reality was a big thing at this year's CES, with one of the highlights allowing people to virtually explore Tony Stark's lair from Iron Man. While that was impressive, Oculus Rift was defnintely on their game and had an incredible array of virtual reality experiences lined up – dinasours, outer space, and even a steam-punk take on Gotham city were all included in their demo. Users were allowed to freely explore fully 3D environments and interact with the environment, which was rendered well enough to cause a few people to get rather nervous. A section of the demo in being sorrounded by skyscrapers, and it truly created the effect of scale as it makes you feel truly small when standing next to a giant building, as in real life. Other highlights include walking through an Alice In Wonderland inspired landscape, interacting with aliens on the moon, and having an encounter with a T-Rex, thankfully a non-violent one.
That's not all that Oculus Rift has planned for virtual reality, however. Oculus is working closely with companies like HP to create desktop computers and monitors that utilize the Oculus Rift headset to allow real-time manipluation of virtual reality objects that pop-up right out of the monitor. The 24-inch HD display uses passive 3-D screen technology, head tracking via four cameras, simple lightweight glasses, and a pen-like controller (not wireless, unfortunately) to turn your desktop into an interactive 3-D environment, straight out of Cyberpunk fiction. You can click to pick up and move objects within the 3-D space, spin them around, and otherwise interact with them. The demos that HP has on display are somewhat limited, but it’s clear that there’s a lot of potential for education, medical training, as well as 3-D design work here. A larger, secondary 2-D monitor, combined with a camera, allows others in the room to see what the user sees, which would definitely be helpful for education.