The Cyberith Virtualizer's Kickstarter is active, and is already approaching $30,000 out of its $250,000 goal. For those unfamiliar, the Cyberith Virtualizer is a new VR treadmill platform designed to let you comfortably move around in a VR space while not eating up too much floor space. Motions captured include walking, running, jumping and crouching.
They have also announced a Virtualizer HT version that features rumble pads under the platform which theoretically gives directional haptics feedback. For example, if a grenade lands nearby, you'll feel it. This requires directly supporting the Virtualizer SDK to work, unlike the other motion captures that can mimmick keyboard control until direct support is made available by the content maker.
Guardians of the Galaxy in VR? Only on the red carpet!! Variety did some experimentation with Jaunt to have the red carpet preamble recorded in a VR format. Running on 14 mini HD cameras, this 360 degree capture will be available in stereoscopic 3D form on Oculus Share within a week.
That's the trade-off! Ages and ages of encoding time. However, it may very well be worth it - looking forward to trying it out!
Techcrunch reports that Oculus VR has formally been acquired by Facebook for the generous sum of $2,001,985,000 (US funds, we're sure!). This is an exciting development because it's a valuation that doesn't just speak to Oculus or Facebook's plans. This investment can now be used as a case study for future players in the market so they too can raise capital needed to grow and flourish. Provided everyone chases the big picture, we've got an industry on our hands. Congrats to all involved - now the fun begins!