While the Oculus Rift continues to grow in popularity and more and more game developers are taking steps to adopt it, a successful future will likely include all kinds of VR products with all kinds of head mounted displays and novel ways for getting immersive experiences to your mind's eye and body. Until the operating system makers develop standardized APIs, game developers have to customize their output for one VR device at a time. It's not a big deal if there are only one or two head mounted displays, but what happens when there are multiple products on the market?
This is just a brief teaser for our full interview with Meron Gribetz, CEO of Meta-View. While we talk about the technology of augmented reality and how it works, it's equally interesting to hear about the ethical issues that AR is facing, and how this technology will impact our day to day life in the not too distant future.
It's been a big news day in the Virtual and Augmented Reality markets today. First, do you guys remember a company called Meta-View? Founded by Meron Gribetz, Meta-1 is promoting itself to be the first fully functional augmented reality software development kit. Tenured AR experts will immediately recognize the prototype as Epson's Moverio glasses mixed with a stereo camera and Meta-View's software magic. This is not an indication of what the actual hardware will be, but it's the off-the-shelf parts that were used to make this early mix work.
Before the world drools with what they see in the videos, let's be clear. This is a vision for the future, the graphics shown are all CGI, and this just doesn't exist yet. However, all worthwhile products start with exciting visions, and this has promise. Their first milestone was beating their Kickstarter goal in a matter of days, and have already raised $105,000 with more on the way.
The next feather in their cap was to nab Dr. Steve Mann as their Chief Scientist. MTBS actually introduced Steve to Meron Gribitz at the Level Up event a few months ago and it's good to see that he enjoyed trying the AR prototypes Meron brought up special for the event. For those unfamiliar, Steve Mann is regularly credited as the father of wearable computing and was doing Google Glass long before Google. We have an in-depth 3D inverview with Meron Gribetz from Level Up. We'll get it up soon enough.