Do you remember the excitement that looked like to pervade the Ces last year about virtual reality and augmented reality? After 12 months, many promises stayed up and the proposed novelties this year appear unable to subsequently turn on the imagination.
Perhaps is too early to say that technological revolution is destined to remain a lot below the expectations created by the media hype, but the risk to enter a phase of disappointment is high.
VR: many announcements, a little substance
Among the new proposals of the Ces 2017 in Los Angeles there is Lenovo which announced a VR viewer whose strength seems to be a lower price than those of Oculus Rift and of Htc Vive, which however has not been definite yet and whose prototype on deisplay does not yet work.
Then there are producers like Osterhout Design Group which have proposed updated version of their AR glasses, which don’t really seem very different from those of 12 months ago and that will cost, when they will arrive on the market, around June, 1,500 dollars (not exactly a price that can induce the buyers).
The risk of a decrease of enthusiasm
You know: despite the promises, till now we are seeing a few new contents and new products, so much that more than an investor begins to be worried since enthusiasm around VR and AR could fade away once more, as happened on several occasions in the last years.
Two exciting news for virtual reality
To be true a couple of real news there are at Ces 2017 regarding virtual reality: a prototype, Hypersuit, created by French Theory to use together Htc Vive or Oculus Rift viewer to give the feeling to whom uses it (in an arcade, not certainly in the living room of your home) to fly like Icarus, and some controllers to wear above the shoes, called Taclim, which will gave you the feeling to litterally walk inside a virtual world, developed by Japanese Cerevo.
Really not bad, but to turn on virtual reality and augmented reality as a mass market we need a lot more, so that to overcome an impasse that actually a lot of people this year notie in other sectors as well, from drones to smartphones.
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