The Oculus Rift first entered the public eye back in August 2012 when a kickstarter campaign shot it into the public eye, successfully raising over $2 Million, which was needed to manufacture the device.
For thoses who don’t know, the Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that users can wear just like a pair of ski goggles, which provide an immersive experience like no other. Below is the promotional video which they used in their original Kickstarter pitch.
For 360 degree video, this opens up a lot of opportunities for truly immersive experiences. Check out the 360 degree video below, captured from the perspective of a base jumper.
If you are lucky enough to have an oculus rift yourself, we have integrated one of our images with the Oculus, which you can view by clicking below. Please note that in order to view the image correctly, you will need:
- A HTML5 Browser with WebGL and Fullscreen-API support (Firefox, Chrome, IE11, …).
- A fast GPU / graphics card and up-to-date drivers for smooth WebGL rendering.
- A Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
- An installed and enabled NPVR Browser Plugin (you can download it by following the link below).
- Use a 16:10 screen resolution like 1280×800 or 1920×1200, other resolutions might get scaled incorrectly by the Oculus Rift.
We think it is a really exciting space which seems set to explode in popularity over next few years and Business Tours is currently experimenting with ways to integrate the devices with 360 degree video and still images to create experiences like no other.