Wearable technology is still a gaining acceptance in the mass market, but the technology has been around for a while now. Back in the 90’s Nintendo launched ‘Virtual Boy’, a wearable Virtual Reality gaming headset. The Virtual Boy created a stir, but failed to successfully take off and was later scrapped by the Japanese giant.
Since the failure of Virtual Boy, tech companies have been working on VR headsets that can reach a mass market. Two new products are expected to launch showcasing the latest in virtual reality headgear. The Google Glass and Oculus Rift have caused quite a buzz of late.
The Oculus Rift is positioned more towards gamers, and allows for you to play classic titles such as ‘Doom 3’ and ‘Half-Life 2’ in full Virtual Reality. Launched with the help of the popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter, and recently purchased by Facebook, Oculus Rift is poised to be the next revolution in gaming technology.
Google Glass on the other hand caters to a larger audience and is more designed for everyday use. By using interactive gestures, the Google Glass can map out directions, search for real-time results, make Skype calls and will be synched with any Google-owned feature known to man. Think of it basically as ‘Google on the Go!’
Both gadgets have been created to make our lives simpler and make us less reliant to our smartphones and computers while on the move. Traditionally gaming has required the use of screens such as televisions or portable gaming units, but the Oculus Rift will immerse you in the game by just wearing the headset. It is even possible games will be rendered in stereoscopic 3D.
Google Glass and Oculus Rift are truly 21st century hardware and may just change the way we live… A prospect which is certainly an exciting one!