Thursday, June 16, 2016
Proud owner of 3 Oculus Rifts
Todd: First, welcome to the blog.
(Samuel nods silently.)
Todd: As you may recall, I got an alert from PayPal a couple of days ago that said thanks for my payment of $599 to Oculus VR. So I came home and said, "Samuel, did you buy something from Oculus VR for $599?" You said, "Oh, that's my Oculus Rift!"
Samuel (nodding): Yes.
Todd: So let's start with, What is an Oculus Rift, and why did you want one?
Samuel: It's a Virtual Reality headset that allows you to feel like you're in a virtual space. I wanted one because I've always been fascinated with being able to create fake things and make them feel real...similar to theme park rides.
Todd: This is not your first one, though.
Samuel: A few years ago I got the first developer kit. It was for people who were developing games for virtual reality.
Todd: And what happened to that one?
Samuel: I kept that one until the second development kit came out, and then I got the second one. I sold the first one on eBay.
Todd: Did you make a profit?
Samuel: Yes. About a hundred dollars.
Todd: How was the DK2 different from the DK1?
Samuel: DK2 had a screen that was specifically designed for virtual reality, so there was less of a pixelated effect on the screen, and less of the things that can go wrong on an LCD screen. More important, it had motion tracking, which means it came with a camera, and there are infrared LEDs embedded in the headset so it can track if you're moving not just up and down but side to side.
Todd: Do you still have the DK2?
Samuel: Yep. But my friend Osheen said he might be interested in buying it.
Todd: So, as you know, the day after I got the first alert from PayPal I got another alert from PayPal. It said thanks for my payment of $599 to Oculus VR. I said, "Samuel? What's going on?"
Todd: What happened?
Samuel: I realized I had accidentally ordered two.
Todd: So how will this story end?
Samuel: We're probably going to send back the second one or sell it on eBay.