Who Needs Furniture When You Have A Virtual Reality Headset?

If you’ve ever been in a house that was built pre-World War II, you’ll likely notice the ornate ceilings, leadlight doors and an awkwardly placed television.

While TV was technically available in the 1920s, it was not until 1956 here in Australia that Bruce Gyngell uttered the immortal line, “Good evening, and welcome to television”.

So, while a dedicated wall upon which to mount or stand a TV eventually became de rigeur in homes, most houses you enter with beautiful art deco features likely also have their TVs crammed into a corner, with the couches on diagonal angles. Because what architect or builder in the 1920s and ’30s knew a single box would become the dominant mechanism around which a family would come together of an evening?

Therefore, with the seemingly inevitable rise of virtual reality and augmented reality, you have to wonder just how important a media room is going to be in the coming years.

At the moment, dedicated space for VR seems like a ridiculous extravagance for millionaires. Just like a television set was in its early days.

Ready, headset, go!

We may have been given a sneak peek at the affordable future of VR this week, with Mark Zuckerberg revealing a wireless, standalone headset — one that requires no PC or smartphone to function — at the company’s Oculus Connect developer conference.

“Standalone is a new category designed to bring more freedom and accessibility to VR,” Oculus wrote in a blog post.

“Without a cable or the need for a mobile phone, standalone headsets represent a totally new phase of VR hardware.”

While coy on details of battery life and visual fidelity, the Oculus Go does promise a “high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen” as well as lenses the company claim to be their “best ever”.

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Source:: The Huffington Post – Australia

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