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The newly opened $3. head movements and hand gestures.Gregg Segal for TIMEVirtual RealityWhy Virtual Reality Is About to Change the WorldJoel SteinAug 06 2015Palmer Luckey isn’t like other Silicon Valley nerdsHe’s a nerd all right but not the kind who went to a top-ranked university wrote brilliant code or studied business plans He’s cheery and talks in normal sentences that are easy to understand He was homeschooled and though he did drop out of college it was California State University Long Beach where he was majoring not in computer science but in journalism He prefers shorts and his feet are black because he doesn’t like wearing shoes even outdoors He doesn’t look like a guy who played Dungeons & Dragons so much as a character in Dungeons & Dragons He’s a nerd from a different century working on the problems of a different century Palmer Luckey is a tinkererRelatedVirtual RealityOculus’ New Virtual Reality Headset May Finally Make You Want a Virtual Reality HeadsetVirtual RealityOculus’ New Virtual Reality Headset May Finally Make You Want a Virtual Reality HeadsetIf he had been one of those kids obsessed with Matchbox cars we might have a flying car by now But he was into video games and 1990s-era science fiction so this year we will have virtual reality As an 18-year-old who took apart smartphones and fixed them for cash he figured out that the solutions to the problems virtual-reality engineers weren’t able to solve were right inside his phone Now 22 Luckey sold his company Oculus VR to Facebook last year for $23 billion allowing it to grow to more than 350 employees in offices in Silicon Valley Seattle Dallas and Austin as well as in South Korea and Japan That’s because as fantastical as Luckey’s dreams were–I want to feel like I’m really running down halls shooting bad guys–Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the tech industry had a much bigger hope for the sensory-immersion goggles Luckey used to carry around in a yellow bucket in order to hold loose wires They had seen the Internet get disrupted by mobile and were wary of being blindsided by the next platform for accessing information–which they thought might be hiding in Luckey’s yellow bucket"We were thinking about how this will affect our friends who are into gaming" says Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe sitting in his company’s building on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park Calif "Mark is always thinking about How does this impact 1 billion people" Luckey who loved The Matrix and Neal Stephenson’s virtual-reality thriller Snow Crash understood Zuckerberg right away "Could you call a book the final platform Of course not It’s limited in the kind of stimulus it supplies" Luckey says "Virtual reality is the final platform" And while the first true virtual-reality machines won’t start coming out until Christmas a lot of people have already quit their jobs or funded projects in the belief that the final platform is hereVirtual reality has been promised for decades but in my conversations with the top developers in the field it quickly became clear that never before have so much money and talent bet on its imminent arrival Headsets will start going on sale this year and competition will increase dramatically through 2016 At first they’ll be bought by hardcore gamers and gadget geeks They’ll be expensive–as much as $1500 with all the accoutrements And just as with cell phones everyone else will mock the early adopters for mindlessly embracing unnecessary technology with no useful purpose At firstA good place to start that mocking would have been AT&T Park In April a group of virtual-reality entrepreneurs are wearing huge bright red plastic sunglasses walking on the field where the San Francisco Giants play Venture capitalist Mike Rothenberg 30 rented the stadium so the 360 guests he’s invited can see the 20 virtual-reality companies that his firm Rothenberg Ventures has funded They can also take batting practice drink cocktails pet adoptable dogs and build their own goody bagsFor each VR demo I put on a clunky pair of goggles most of which have a smartphone slipped into a slot in front of my eyes which does most of the work These machines are not as complex as what Luckey developed but they provide a cheap effective rendition The screen when it’s that close to your face fills your field of vision–the first frameless visual medium The sense of depth is far more realistic than 3-D with everything stretching out to infinity scaled perfectly And I can look all around whipping my head to see above below and behind me which gives me brief moments of what virtual-reality pioneers longingly call "presence"–when you really feel like you’re inside a fake environment It’s an amazing technical achievement I’m psyched I got to try it but it’s not something I’m going to choose over watching TV The graphics are clunky and I can see individual pixels so I’m pretty far from fooled into thinking I’m not inside a ballpark It’s like the coolest version of the 1970s View-Master toy I could imagineIt’s also close enough to The Matrix to excite all these people Xavier Palomer Ripoll has come from Spain to work for three months at Rothenberg Ventures’ VR accelerator He’s created a bunch of animated situations that allow therapists to use immersion therapy with clients who have anxiety disorders letting them virtually sit on a plane or ride in an elevator for example "They currently use imagination They hold a picture of a plane and they say ‘Imagine you’re in a plane’ What the f— man" he asksRelatedUnited NationsJoin UN Peacekeepers on the Ground in Congo in This Virtual Reality ExperienceUnited NationsJoin UN Peacekeepers on the Ground in Congo in This Virtual Reality ExperienceEveryone here is equally aghast that we’re stuck in a pre-virtual-reality world: Ryan Holmes paid $15000 to put a camera on the International Space Station so he can one day charge people $10 a month to see space in virtual reality; Ashley Granata is creating Pendnt which allows people to try on clothing virtually; Howard Rose had me use a joystick to shoot VR balls hanging from VR landscapes to distract me from the pain of having my free hand submerged in ice-cold waterOn the deck of the stadium wearing a Founder Field Day baseball jersey and sunglasses Rothenberg says his firm has already secured enough money to invest in a second round of virtual-reality companies this fall "It’s hard for people to write checks for virtual reality until they try it Then not that hard" he says He likens this opportunity to the Internet in 1995 "No one calls a company an ‘Internet company’ anymore In 10 years everyone will have VR as part of their company"It’s already starting Lately I’ve been bombarded by virtual reality At a party in Los Angeles in May Patrón launched a virtual tour of the hacienda in Mexico where its agave is distilled Birchbox announced that this month its men’s subscription box will include a virtual-reality viewer and app allowing its subscribers to surf or fly a helicopter And at North Face stores you can see virtual video of dudes climbing a rock face in the company’s gear James Blaha a game developer with severe lazy eye–a condition that affects about 2% to 3% of the world’s population–has used virtual reality to basically cure the disease in 30-minute sessions over three to four weeks; he’s sold 1000 copies of the system to optometrists already And Hollywood is putting nearly as much money as Silicon Valley into the conceptNearly every week there’s a virtual-reality convention Standing in line with 1500 other people for the sold-out Virtual Reality Los Angeles spring expo in March to visit the booths of more than 50 companies I am asked to sign a contract It is not like other tech releases about me not telling anyone about anything I saw or thought I might have seen here Instead it says "I am aware that some people experience nausea disorientation motion sickness general discomfort headaches or other health issues when experiencing virtual reality" The final platform is not making a great first impressionLuckily I don’t barf The nausea caused by virtual reality is the inverse of car sickness: your eyes see motion but your middle ear feels nothing This challenge has largely been solved by faster screen-refresh rates–the final version of Oculus will allow only 20 milliseconds between a head turn and visual change; an eyeblink takes about 300 milliseconds VR companies are also shying away from putting viewers on virtual roller coasters and Formula One tracks But they are creating everything else In a speech in a packed auditorium Jens Christensen CEO of Jaunt which makes high-end VR cameras says building actual flying cars and jet packs is now irrelevant The only question he says is how soon we can "simulate our own personal Tomorrowlands"Two months after Facebook paid $2 billion for Oculus Google responded at its annual I/O conference in San Francisco’s Moscone Center by handing each of the audience members a piece of flat cardboard as they left the keynote presentation This they were told when folded up and paired with a smartphone was Google’s new virtual-reality player Most people thought it was a joke But with two cheap plastic magnifying lenses placed in a box that cradles your phone it can create a 3-D effect not unlike that of much more expensive equipment At the Googleplex Clay Bavor vice president of product management shows me the second generation of Google Cardboard "The delta between expectation and delivery is so high" says Bavor "It’s cardboard–how good can it be And then it’s like ‘Whoa I’m sitting somewhere else’"RelatedVirtual RealityWatch the Virtual Reality Recreation of the LSD Trip That Inspired the Whole Earth CatalogVirtual RealityWatch the Virtual Reality Recreation of the LSD Trip That Inspired the Whole Earth CatalogIn 1994 when Bavor was 12 he used the HyperCard program on his Apple computer to stitch together hundreds of photos of his house in his first attempt at VR Google’s version of virtual reality isn’t that much more cutting edge "It’s going to be a long long time before anywhere near that many people have these high-end devices" says Bavor So for now you can do a lot of low-tech virtual-reality stuff with Google Cardboard Google doesn’t bother making money off Cardboard–the specs are free online and many companies sell them for $6 and up–but the company is making software for itYou can download an app made by Jaunt and get a good sense of what it’s like to be backstage at a Paul McCartney concert Google teamed up with GoPro to make a wheel of 16 cameras that shoots 360-degree video and created software that allows you to stitch the shots together into a video you can then upload to the new virtual-reality section of YouTube Through a program called Expeditions Google has already sent 100 classrooms a field trip in a box; teachers use Cardboards to lead kids through natural architectural and Martian wonders The company worked with partners like the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History to create 3-D images not unlike those in the plastic viewfinders that were popular in the 1970s This comparison isn’t lost on Google which has a deal with Mattel to put out a version of Google Cardboard in a View-MasterOculus has also entered the mobile space since it isn’t planning to release its main product the Rift until 2016 ("If the iPhone were introduced in any quarter it would have been a hit I doubt they were saying ‘What’s important for the iPhone We have to hit Christmas’" says Luckey about letting his competition beat him to market) Oculus partnered with Samsung to build Gear VR a pair of goggles with motion detectors that you can slip a Galaxy Note 4 phone into The device is available at Best Buy for $200 and is lent to first-class passengers on QantasThree high-end virtual-reality products not made of cardboard are being put out by Oculus Sony and Valve The latter two companies have an advantage in that their gamer customers already own machines with powerful graphics capabilities Founded by former Microsoft developers Valve makes popular games and runs the Steam download store which sells about three-quarters of all PC gamesAs I walk into one of the rooms used for demonstrating the company’s Vive headset scheduled to be released this Christmas I see Steve Jurvetson one of the most powerful Silicon Valley venture capitalists walking out of the other one Valve gives several demonstrations a day "We won’t talk to people until they have a demo" says Ken Birdwell a longtime employee "If we talked to them before it would just be arguments about why these things wouldn’t work After they say ‘We have to hurry We have six months until this hits the consumer space’" When they agreed to show their technology to an employee of Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC they were surprised when she turned out to be Cher Wang who runs the company After seeing it Wang asked if HTC could manufacture the product for Valve which it is now doingUnlike Google Cardboard or anything else you can buy right now the Vive requires you to hook it up to a computer fast enough for gaming And for you to be physically attached to that computer with a wire And to strap on a pouch And to put little laser sensors in the corners of the room In return you can get out of your chair and unvirtually walk around the virtual world you see through the Vive gogglesThis would seem dangerous But the headset alerts you when you’re near a wall It would also seem to require you to have a 16-by-12-ft (5 by 4 m) empty room in your house Jeep Barnett who has worked on the project from the beginning isn’t worried "Sell your dining-room table and eat over your sink" he says "If you have a pool table get rid of that Get a Murphy bed People are going to find a space You have a space for your car because you have to have the superpower of getting downtown in 20 minutes"They strap the Vive goggles and pack on me put a controller in each of my hands and bring up the menu I instantly understand virtual reality At the press of a button I inflate and release a cartoon balloon in the air and it floats into the infinite black sky This is just to make sure the controllers work so they want me to move on but I keep doing it The sense of scale is like seeing the night sky for the first time in a national park: peaceful awesome meditative I feel like I have disappearedRelatedGoogle DoodleThe First Virtual Reality Google Doodle Honors French Filmmaker Georges MélièsGoogle DoodleThe First Virtual Reality Google Doodle Honors French Filmmaker Georges MélièsEventually I try their games pulling an arrow from a quiver and shooting it feeling the tension of the bow thanks to the specifically designed VR controllers’ haptic feedback which is much more subtle than the vibrations of a typical game controller I crawl underneath game pieces in a live board game where tiny fighters shoot each other And in the most impressive virtual-reality experience I have I use a program called Tilt Brush (since purchased by Google which has a bunch of high-end virtual-reality projects it’s keeping quiet) to paint in three dimensions Walking around dripping neon I paint in the sky in a way that makes me never need to try LSDI take the goggles off making what people call "VR face" the geek version of "O face" Birdwell says "You’re seeing the Pong version These are early early days" Every program I saw used graphics instead of real video which still looks like crap; this is why virtual reality might be the first technology not successfully pioneered by the porn industry (Though a lot of companies are trying VR erotica)Sony’s Project Morpheus which will be available next year is similar Because 20 million people own the Sony PlayStation 4–which has the controller tracking camera and powerful gaming chips that Oculus and Valve users will need–it’s got a huge advantage As with the Oculus Sony doesn’t expect you to walk around like you do with the Vive but just to move around on your couchIn a room at E3 the video-game industry’s giant annual convention in Los Angeles (the Oculus offices have a clock that counts down to it) I slip on a light sleek ready-to-ship Morpheus headset that plugs into the PlayStation 4 and has a button that lets you extend the glasses out so you can check your phone or sip a drink In one demo from a company called VirZOOM I sit on a stationary bike to feel like I’m riding a horse (and later a Pegasus) while I work out The company was co-founded by Eric Malafeew who quit a developer job at Harmonix where he made Guitar Hero and Rock Band Large game companies are now losing engineers who are eager to play with virtual reality while they wait until enough people own headsets to make it a decent business propositionRichard Marks a senior researcher at Sony says that in the past few months it has gotten the hardware far enough along that the software will now matter more Already he says what game designers call "talent amplification" is more impressive than he imagined "I can point at something and have the force and levitate it and it really feels like I’m doing it When you play a game you say ‘I died’ But in virtual reality man it’s even more powerful" I try a few more games before I’m ushered out so they can clear the room for a VIP As I walk out Steven Spielberg walks inAt the Oculus building on the Facebook campus I have a transcendent virtual-reality experience while using the latest version of the Rift Palmer Luckey whose real name is Palmer Luckey wears flip-flops today instead of going barefoot out of respect for our meeting People here are so comfortable with VR that they refer to things outside of virtual reality–what most people call "life"–as RR or real reality A team of directors and writers led by Saschka Unseld left Pixar and DreamWorks to work at Oculus Story Studio a 10-person team making short movies like Henry the story of an adorable hedgehog with a hugging addiction Oculus can’t spend the money in-house fast enough: it offered a total of $1 million for the winners of its gaming competition the Mobile VR JamJust four years ago an 18-year-old Luckey had amassed a personal museum of old VR gear "I had one system that was originally $97000 I bought it [used] for $80" he saysSo he got two eyeglass lenses duct-taped them over a phone shoved the equipment that was too heavy to fit on someone’s head into a bucket and drove from his parents’ house to tech shows draping a black T-shirt over users’ heads to block their peripheral vision Soon John Carmack–the gaming legend who popularized the first-person perspective–asked to buy one Luckey out of respect refused to charge him Carmack was so impressed he quit the multimillion-dollar company he’d founded–aware it would sue him for leaving–to work for a homeschooled teen In 2012 Luckey tried to raise $250000 on Kickstarter and got $24 million "It was nice to find out I wasn’t the only nutter" he saysRelatedVirtual RealityReview: Facebook’s New Oculus Go Headset Is What Virtual Reality Should Have Always BeenVirtual RealityReview: Facebook’s New Oculus Go Headset Is What Virtual Reality Should Have Always BeenThe version Oculus plans to sell next year will be a niche product for gamers not a mass-market device To get to that level there are still kinks to work out including a screen that is 32000 pixels by 32000 pixels instead of the current 1000 by 1000; a way to power that screen preferably with smaller batteries that don’t get so hot they’ll burn your face; a way to make the parts directly in front of your eye super-clear as in real reality; scent and touch; a camera that shoots virtual video That last one Palmer says will be huge–the way that photographs and then video changed the way we record historyAlready at E3 Oculus showed some impressive demos Sure it had a game where I was an NHL goalie that was fun and another wonderfully vertigo-inducing flight simulator where I flew a spaceship fighting some vaguely Death Star–like enemy but the coolest thing by far was something it’s not even planning on selling: Toy Box I held thin black plastic circle-shaped controllers called Oculus Touch put on the goggles and saw the vague figure of a guy who was really in a room next door While we spoke I used my fist to play tetherball with him and flicked foam blocks at him with my finger He shot me with a laser to make me tiny We even hugged and my personal space felt virtually invaded He had my attention in a way that no one on a phone or Skype call ever has And not just because he had a gun that could reduce me to Ant-ManEveryone working on virtual reality knows that even after they manage to make goggles the size of sunglasses as Zuckerberg keeps promising the technology will merge with augmented reality which is the new term for holograms Seeing fake things overlaid on the real world makes a lot more sense since you’d get to see all the real world’s inconvenient walls But holograms are an amazingly hard thing to do Nobody at any of the VR expos even bothers to give speeches about it The Oculus guys figure that maybe their kids will work it out "We started on augmented reality" says Valve’s Birdman "There are hard physics problems You can’t get a wide field of view You can’t draw a shadow There are power and battery problems When it happens I’ll buy it"Underneath the most well-trodden spot on Microsoft’s Redmond Wash, shoulder-length hair.S. 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