This is arguably one of the best Kickstarter videos we have seen in some time. Not just because the technology is cool (we will elaborate more on that shortly), but because they focused on the emotional response; the experiential benefit of virtual reality and haptics control. When the man at the desk takes off his HMD to nostalgically reflect on a childhood memory he just re-experienced - that's VR. So first, congratulations on showcasing an understated yet effective example of bringing VR to the human level and helping throw away the imagery of inexplicably excited people wearing scuba gear on their heads.
All kidding aside, congratulations to the Oculus VR team for getting their CV1 announcement out there. The Oculus Touch (Oculus' Half Moon controllers) look promising, and I'm relieved they will have some kind of haptic features. In fact, I think those controllers represented a collective sigh of relief for everyone! The gesture control also sounds very interesting; I'm looking forward to seeing that demonstrated at E3 Expo next week.
Jason has been involved in over 60 VR-related projects across more than 30 organizations including Valve, Oculus, Virtuix, Sixense Entertainment, NASA, General Motors, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, three U.S. national laboratories, and five universities. Jason’s work has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, on the Discovery Channel, in the New York Times, and on the cover of the MIT Press Journal Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments.
Jason is the author of the upcoming title, The VR Book: Perception and Interaction Design for Virtual Reality.