Posted by: crudbasher | April 10, 2013

A Good Step Towards Virtual Reality

Before I became interested in education, I was involved quite a bit in computer graphics. I actually got started in the industry at UCF at their Visual Systems Lab using Virtual Reality equipment. It was a lot of fun but the technology was very expensive and didn’t work very well. Fast forward 20 years and take a look at Oculus Rift.

This new Head Mounted Display is a lot cheaper and better than what I used to use. It’s still not there yet but at least there is some progress now.

Check out this video of what it is like to wear the HMD. (you are seeing the views from both eyes. The optics combine the images into a single 3d image in the HMD)

What really interests me as a teacher how you can explore the enviroment and how it has physics. You could create environments where students have to figure things out. Where it gets really interesting is when you can have multiple people in the same environment. The next generation of game consoles have enough processing power to create realistic environments. Now we just have to wait for a few iterations of technology and we may actually have some decent VR. I’ve been waiting for a few decades. 🙂

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  1. […] I like where they are doing here and encourage you to watch the video showing how the game works. There will be more of this because 1. the cost (and difficulty) of making these games is dropping, and 2. there are more and more platforms (such as smartphones) that are capable of playing games. I can see a situation where kids learn how to code by playing games, and then create their own games… That would be awesome! It would be even more awesome if they can make their own Virtual Reality worlds like we saw in yesterday’s post. (see A Good Step Towards Virtual Reality) […]


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