It was an incredibly busy development time in the Digital Den studio over the summer, and the results are a new site dedicated to 3D content (Cosma 3D) and a virtual computer museum (New Computer Museum, VR Ed.). More information about both of these projects will be announced here within the next few weeks.
In the meantime, something fun came up that just demanded a post of its own, and that something is HTC’s Vive World Tour. HTC’s Vive is a virtual reality head-mounted display developed in co-production between HTC and Valve Corporation, and it is part of Valve Corporation’s SteamVR project.
HTC has made the brilliant move of taking their awesome show on the road and making it available to typical consumers in cities around the world. The video below was made in San Francisco, they are visiting Boston *this* weekend, and a little bird told me they are just about to announce new dates and cities on the tour for the fall.
The HTC Vive World Tour is Here (HTC Blog)
HTC Vive World Tour FAQs (HTC Blog)
HTC Vive World Tour (Facebook)
Here are some videos about the HTC Vive headset and its technology.
Here’s a nice article that covers all of the Vive’s unique features.
Valve and HTC dive into VR with the HTC Vive, coming this year (Scott Stein, CNET)
More importantly, the tour is also showcasing what is already great technology by pairing it with some insanely great applications! It is impossible to communicate how much these videos do NOT fully capture the experience, but they give you the gist that it’s an amazing experience.
So, overall, at least some version of the holodeck is here, and Vive will definitely be a serious contender in the HMD war of Spring 2016 — be sure to catch the tour if you can!
HTC Vive (Official Site)
HTC Vive (Wikipedia)
Please note that the HTC Vive is one of a number of headsets covered on the new Cosma 3D site that Digital Den supported creating as well as the older, more comprehensive site Cosma. Check out more about the HTC Vive on Cosma 3D and Cosma
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