Yesterday was a fun day for VR in the Boston/Cambridge area.
First, as announced by Verizon and posted on Cosma 3D, special Star Wars editions of the Google Cardboard did find their way into the Verizon stores to be picked up for free by Verizon customers. I got mine at the Harvard Square store, and they still had some left.
If you are a Verizon customer, be sure to stop by your local store before supplies run out (which they surely will).
Then later in the day I got to head over to the sold out Birdly opening reception and talk by Max Rheiner that was sponsored by Swissnex at Le Laboratoire Cambridge.
It was a wonderful event, and the Birdly experience is mind-blowing. Here is an article from the Boston Globe about the exhibit.
The opening is over, but the demo will still be available to try for the next few days. You need to stop by Le Laboratoire Cambridge in person to sign up for a time slot.
Here are the hours:
Dec 3: 12PM-9PM, Dec 4: 12PM-6PM, Dec 5: 11AM–5PM
Again, act fast, the available times will probably fill up quickly.
In general, the roll out and buzz for the new generation of VR is in full swing. Whether it will survive the hype cycle to become a full fledged “next platform” on the order of earlier generations like the web and mobile remains to be seen, but the answer should become clearer within the next few months as the Oculus Rift, Vive and other high-end VR/AR headsets hit the market. No matter what, it’s going to be interesting to watch what unfolds.