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27 May, 2015

Oculus VR Gets More Surreal

"Ultimately, these technologies will lead to VR and AR systems that can be used in any condition, day or night, indoors or outdoors. They will open the door to true telepresence, where people can visit anyone, anywhere."

- The Surreal Vision Team

As we march ever closer to the commercial release of the Oculus Rift in early 2016, there seems to be a growing number of media reports expounding the possibilities of the technology, with fewer still kicking around the now tired comparisons to the failed fad of 3D TV. It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out in twelve months time, and we expect it will be a phenomenon that snowballs even more after release, as the tech is refined and evolved. 

In interesting news today, Oculus VR announced the acquisition of Surreal Vision, a company focused on real-time 3D scene reconstruction. The Surreal Vision founders (pictured above ) - Richard Newcombe, Renato Salas-Moreno, and Steven Lovegrove - have developed technologies that allow the real world to be captured and mapped straight into virtual reality in real-time, opening up amazing possibilities for combining virtual reality with augmented reality.

Also Read: Oculus Rift PC Specifications Are Not So Bad

The flash mob dancing in the tech demo video embedded below may not be one of the "amazing possibilities" that gamers will be dreaming of, but it gives a great outline of what the future might hold if you allow your imagination to run with it. The real-time mapping would seem to pave the way for mobile VR and help eliminate safety concerns as it does so.

Can you imagine what your lounge room could look like if reality was no longer an obstacle? 

You can check out the full statement from Surreal Vision regarding its acquisition by Oculus VR right here

Garry Balogh

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