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  1. kalsgotsoul

    kalsgotsoul Oakley Enthusiast

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    My friend's an early adopter / proponent / tech evangelist of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). He's tried all of the Oculus Rift prototypes from DK1 to Crescent Bay as well as Sony's Project Morpheus. He personally owns a Google CardBoard, Oculus Rift DK2, and Samsung Gear VR (which requires the Note 4) sets and he let me try them out.

    Holy schnikes, Batman!

    All I can say is that the experience is...MAGICAL! And I can't wait until this tech improves and becomes mainstream. Now, I'm not trying to push any particular company's product - I'm just encouraging you guys to try a VR / AR headset if you can!

    From my limited personal experience playing with my friend's aforementioned VR gear I would rank the sets as follows:

    Samsung Gear VR > Oculus Rift DK2 > Google CardBoard

    For me personally, this was due to the portability (no wires required outside the set) and higher resolution on the Note 4 screen over the DK2 which allowed me to stay immersed in the experience. The screen-door effect is still noticeable but you forget all about it as you experience VR and get sucked right in. Google CardBoard is just a child's plaything in comparison - but at like $15 it wasn't really meant to compete with the other sets. However, the Oculus Rift DK2 does have a motion tracking system (i.e. detects leaning closer or crouching) the Gear VR lacks.

    The virtual tours of Iceland and NYC were nice and the game demos were cool, but my favorite experience was watching movie trailers in the Oculus Cinema app. Forget watching a movie in a theater (which was already pretty awesome). How about watching a movie on a 60 foot screen on the moon!? Yes, please! I know the resolution isn't quite there yet, but the experience was incredible.

    Again, my friend has played with more VR head-sets and he ranks his personal experiences with them as follows:

    Oculus Rift Crescent Bay > Sony Project Morpheus > Samsung Gear VR > Oculus Rift DK2 > DK1 > Google CardBoard

    This makes sense since you have a full-blown PC or game console as the brains powering the first two.

    And check out these videos on AR:

    Microsoft HoloLens

    Magic Leap

    Can you imagine this tech on the next generation Oakley Airwave goggles!?!

    Mind = Blown!
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