Tuesday, August 5, 2014
In Your Face Technology
I am referring, of course, to both Google Glass and the Occulus Rift - two devices meant to get up close & personal with your eyeballs.
The Occulus Rift contrasts this by providing a fully-immersive virtual reality display that replaces your view of the world with anything of which you would rather be living inside.
There is a huge price difference for these items & that in many ways reflects their immediate utility & their customer demographic.
By this I mean that despite the immense potential of the Occulus Rift, it is easier to immediately put Google Glass to work as a tool to get things done. Does that justify a price tag of almost five times more that the Occulus Rift? I have a hard time swallowing that.
It seems to me more like that price point is intended to make Google Glass a status symbol, much like the first iPhone release. Unfortunately I think that this is backfiring. The combination of know-it-all and camera-in-your-face experience of interacting with someone whom is Glass-enabled has led to the immediate adoption of the term "glasshole", applicable to users in public.
I have to say that the term is somewhat well-earned. By jumping onto the Google platform you almost guarantee a serious degradation of your personal privacy as well as that of everyone immediately surrounding you. This alone is disturbing but when you combine the price-tag with the inevitability that it will most certainly be riddled with advertising - one really has to question the judgment of anyone buying into this.
Still - I reconsider it every 2 days or so.
The Occulus Rift on the other hand is still largely a toy for developers. Being a developer - I am cool with this, but still it would be nice to know that if I buy one that I won't be shelling out for something that I will only be able to use if I custom-build my own content for it.
That being said - they have put a lot of work into minimizing latency. I hear very good things about minimizing simulator sickness - which I think is really important since I suffer from it. If you are not sure if you too suffer from this then sit down in a room with all of the lights off and watch the Blair Witch Project. If you get nauseous from the lack of orientation then you might also be susceptible.