High Fidelity, the new startup founded by Philip Rosedale, already cofounder of Linden Lab and Second Life “daddy”, continues in its experiments preparing for the arrival on the market of the first virtual reality devices in 2016. When you think of virtual reality you generally think of 3D visors as those of Oculus Rift or Vive, but coming to the market also new hand controllers.
That’s why in High Fidelity among other things they are working to make sure that avatars can properly simulate hand movements based on input from the controller used by the user, in particular by using DK2 and Hydra devices (but as always when ready High Fidelity will be an “agnostic” platform, that is able to function with any device on the market).
Some video distributed on High Fidelity’s Youtube channel show that already now it is possible to manipulate objects, for example, creating a stack of virtual wooden blocks or throwing a basketball into a basket (Philip Rosedale seems to have to do, however, still a few lessons in shooting).
Every detail has been planned with great care using real physical laws: planets revolve in orbit around the Sun at distances calculated in scale, with the exact orbital period of the planets true, mass and gravity in proportion. In short: greater capacity to interact in the virtual environment and educational content seem to be two of the directions that High Fidelity is taking to get it ready (and interesting) by next year.
The only question that remains is whether indeed the virtual reality devices will be available on time so far provided (at present there is still no official price and release dates) and if, and how soon, users will adopt the new devices in mass for then will require interactive content from the most playful to those most educational.
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