Initial experience with the Oculus Rift

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Tuesday my Oculus Rift arrived. I bought it after I looked at all the experiences it could do on the Oculus web site. https://www.oculus.com/

These experiences will let you do many interesting things what I’m particularly interested in:

  • Nature experiences from BBC Earth like Bear Island
    bear island
  • A recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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    Man on the moon
  • A projected trip Mars with Buzz Aldrin (The second man to walk on the moon.)
    Buzz
  • An interactive 3D exploration of the Grand Canyon.’
    Grand Canyon
  • A 3D interactive golf game.
  • There are several free 3D games which are good for learning the new hardware.
  • There are almost a hundred more.

No, I didn’t get the head set to run Sansar but I will probably try it. It surprised me that Sansar wasn’t one of the experiences listed. Alt Space VR was there and even Facebook’s beta VR application.

Facebook VR

 

The first application I bought was VR Tools. https://www.vr-toolbox.com/

VR Tool BoxIt is a 3D application that lets you run the Windows operating system in a VR office. It even has a virtual keyboard that lets you enter things. Virtual keyboards are slow so if have a lot of entry it’s probably better to get out of VR to do it. An application I  always run is a view from my webcam. It helps to be able to see what is going on around you. Since the Head Mounted Display bock your vision.

 

 

 

 

VRGolflowrezThe golf game might seem a bit out of place for me as an interested choice. When I was twenty I was good and shot consistently in the low to mid-eighties. I still love the game. I probably have most golf computer simulations. Maybe this is the one!

 

 

Tips:

  • If you also wear glasses to see long distances use them with Oculus head set. If you are lucky and have them wear single vision and not bifocals.
  • Clean your glasses before putting on the head set. You will see every speck.
  • I keep a fan going below me because your glasses will fog up very easily.
  • In HMD2 lowrezHair stays neat-forget it.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Don’t try to use the headset for a long time. Take frequent breaks because the Oculus is not very comfortable and the reported nauseous feeling is true.

2 Replies to “Initial experience with the Oculus Rift”

    1. It $400 USD for an Oculus Rift. Plus it takes a fairly good computer to run it. If you check on the Oculus web site there is a program that will tell if your computer will run the headset. oculus.com

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