For more than a decade, everyone from NASA to inventors with PhDs after their names has been trying to perfect Virtual Reality, or “VR.” VR allows you to slip a device over your head and enter another world. You have a 3-D, 360-degree view of whatever is being presented to you. Gamers have craved this for years.
But early devices caused nausea because when a user turned his head or manipulated a joystick, what he was seeing didn’t adjust in his view at exactly the same time, leading to motion sickness. Lots of people threw up trying new VR devices.
But as a June cover story in WIRED by Peter Rubin detailed, a 19-year –old, Southern California tinkerer working in his garage figured out how to make a bug-less VR. And a few months ago, at age 21, that inventor with the great name of Palmer Lucky sold his company to Facebook for more than $2 billion. And by this time next year, we may all be able to buy his Oculus Rift for about $300.
Here’s a link to Rubin’s cover story in WIRED. Tomorrow: What this means for travel.