These days I am feel like I went back in time 20 years. Suddenly Virtual Reality like seen in Lawnmower Man is back. What is up with that?
Twenty years ago I was a big fan of virtual reality technology. It was the time of Stephen King's Lawnmower man and William Gibson's Neuromancer. 3D Virtual Reality glasses and 3D trackers got developed by a bunch of startups and research institutes. the break through never came though. Now 20 years later VR googles make a comeback through crowd-funding. The Oculus Rift is leading the new VR wave. The 3D headset has many fans and gets positive press despite its chunky design that looks less evolved than the VR headsets I used 20 years ago.
I do not see yet that the Oculus Rift has anything new that will bring the breakthrough and make immersive 3D gaming a mainstream thing.
There is though already an interesting accessory for the Oculus Rift called Omni by Virtuix that might help. The Omni is supposed to become the first omni-directional treadmill affordable for consumers. It allows you to walk through virtual worlds without moving real-world. Together with the Oculus Rift the setup is getting closer to what Stephen King showed in Lawnmower man. Virtuix will also seek crowd-funding soon.
Omni by Virtuix in Action:
Lawnmower Man Trailer: