Virtual reality has become real for one more man from Anchorage, Alaska. Forbes informs that yesterday Palmer Luckey personally delivered Ross Martin the first pre-ordered Oculus Rift starting the great wave of modern virtual reality.
— The Verge (@verge) March 26, 2016
Martin was lucky to get his Oculus Rift first, but that doesn’t mean, however, that all other consumers will enjoy fast shipments. The company appeared to use a staggered pre-order system when the site first went live, selling out waves of production and then moving the expected ship date back for newer customers. Thus fast delivery will now be available only for those who backed the project on Kickstarter at a certain level.
— Ross Martin (@RossDM) March 26, 2016
Oculus Rift appears to be the first one of the three big headsets expecting to come to market. The other two, the HTC Vive and Playstation VR, will be officially announced somewhere in the holiday season. Oculus Rift is cheaper than the high end HTC Vive but more expensive if compared to the more approachable Playstation VR. It has one advantage as the first product in a set coming to market: first to market never hurts, and Oculus still seems to retain a significant mindshare advantage by being the first of these modern VR headsets to go public.
The new wave in virtual reality started by Oculus Rift causes a rather diverse public reaction. Some people believe that virtual reality has all chances to change both the world and our relationship with technology. Others argue that it is just a sort of fizzle out like the last time we were told that was going to happen. Dave Their from Formes says: “I’m bullish on the whole thing, but it’s an experience that can be hard to describe. Luckily, thousands more will soon get the opportunity to experience it for themselves.”
Of course, experts in the videogame industry have already had plenty of opportunities to test the headset. So now it is turn of the first consumers. And their opinion will definitely be determinative.
According to VentureBeat, Google is also going to add augmented reality to its camera app. The information has not been confirmed yet, but rumors say that Google will use the technology from Google Goggles and enable people to see relevant search results like nearby restaurants, transit information, and recommended retailers.
Reports indicate that the technology has also been tested in “wearable computing devices,” suggesting that it “may come to products like Google Glass and possibly even VR (or AR) headsets.”
As for Google Goggles, it was started in 2009 as a visual search technology app but after several years of operation, Google stopped updating it. So now, if Google finally bring augmented reality to the camera app, it will actually connect the feature directly with the camera. Thus Google might be looking for more seamless ways to get people to search without having to open up another app.