Revolutionizing Virtual Reality Headsets

Oculus Rift is not only revolutionizing virtual reality headsets, but is also affordable enough for consumers. The company behind the Rift is Oculus VR, a company founded by 21-year-old Palmer Luckey and recently bought by Facebook for $2 billion. The Rift allows users to feel like they are inside of another world - it will follow your movements in real-time and gives you full mobility so you can lean in, look up, and move around at will. It's no surprised that Technology Review named the Rift one of the '10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2014'.

When writing about the Oculus Rift, Technology review said, "Luckey realized that cheap smartphone components could be combined to stunning effect, rendering bright, crisp worlds much more compelling than the blocky graphics often seen through earlier virtual-­reality headsets."

In March of 2013, Luckey was shipping an early version of the Rift to developers for $300. The retail version is scheduled to hit stores later this year and will have a resolution higher than 1920x1080 per eye. If you're interested, and a developer, you can preorder it from their website for $350. 

The Rift was made to benefit the experience of playing video games, but Technology Review says that it could be used in architecture, phobia training, computer-aided design, and more. While the Rift has not even hit stores yet, Sony has already called it an inspiration for their own virtual reality headset which will work with their Playstation 4. 

What do you think of the Oculus Rift? Is this something that you would use? Let us know in the comments!

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