Thursday, May 23, 2013


I am going to use this blog to document my experience with the Oculus Rift. Topics will include:
1. Acquisition
2. Installation
3. Use
4. Development
5. Observations

July 2012
Before I knew about the Oculus I was introduced to "Ready Player One" by a friend of mine. That is where my serious interest in VR started. That book struck a huge chord with me. Since then I have listened to the audiobook half a dozen times.

December 3rd, 2012
For whatever lame reason, I did not hear about the Oculus Rift until after the kickstarter was closed. As soon as my friend Craig told me about it, I went directly to the website and ordered one. My order number is ridiculously high and I still have not received one from that order

May 1st, 2013
My oldest daughter and I begin to formulate a project for the Oculus Rift involving Ready Player One. She is going to make it her honors project for next year. My youngest daughter is also interested in a project involving Kiki's Delivery Service.

May 11th, 2013
Valve announces official support for Half Life 2 on the Oculus Rift. Considering that is my favorite game of all time that cinched it. Based on current shipping rates I will not see an Oculus until July. Considering my daughters want to work on Oculus projects I needed to take action to get one. I got one off of ebay for $600. A small price to pay for early access to the Oculus. It will be a surprise birthday present for my oldest daughter.

May 21st, 2013
Our Oculus Rift arrived today. I am unfortunately buried under a gigantic pile of work. My intent is to burn thru all my work so that I have a portion of Friday available to set up the Oculus Rift.

May 23rd, 2013 (today)
I have finally completed work and have time to start setting up the Oculus Rift. Notes on initial install to follow...

1 comment:

  1. Though all of the Ghibli movies are great, my sister and I watched Kiki's Delivery Service more times than I can count through the years. It was just an excellent, uplifting break from life. Need to read Ready Player One; Snow Crash is still my standard.

    Best of luck to all three of you, and keep us updated!