Right now the world is waiting patiently for Palmer Luckey of Oculus to launch the Kickstarter campaign for his $500 video game compatible head mounted display kit.
Although this is a product aimed at enthusiasts more than consumers, the gaming world is abuzz with the possibilities. John Carmack has taken a huge interest in the project and has helped guide Oculus into the position they’re in right now. Important companies like Sixense and gaming luminaries like Cliff Bleszinski have also checked out the HMD. Could real VR gaming finally be on the horizon?
The History of Project Holodeck:
A few months before E3 and the creation of Oculus, Palmer and James Iliff and myself were attending the IEEE Virtual Reality conference in Orange County, CA.
It was here that the idea for Holodeck was born: a VR video game, inexpensive headmounts, body tracking, wind-based haptic feedback, binaural audio, smell systems, etc. Palmer also had one more great idea that day: have the game take place on an airship. Enter Wild Skies.
Click here to read more about Wild Skies.
The rest is history. Project Holodeck is now a huge project at USC with a bunch of talented people contributing. Oculus is getting ready for their Kickstarter debut and we’re getting ready to produce the world’s first co-operative full-body consumer facing Virtual Reality video game.