The Atlantic has a good long December profile of Philip Rosedale and his work on next generation VR tech at High Fidelity, which you may have missed during the holiday craze. It came out shortly after a Wired story on the Oculus Rift, which includes this choice quote from influential VC Chris Dixon:
“Going and seeing the new [Oculus Rift] prototype gave me confidence that they were going to solve all of those problems. I think I’ve seen five or six computer demos in my life that made me think the world was about to change: Apple II, Netscape, Google, iPhone... then Oculus. It was that kind of amazing.”
It's insights like that, not to mention getting to talk with Philip in recent weeks, let alone all the money going into the space, and all the Rift-powered VR spinoffs, and the demos I've personally seen, which convince me of this: 2014 will be the year virtual reality reaches mass market awareness yet again. And though it had some vogue in the 90s and during Second Life's boom years, this time the tech is ready to meet the elevated expectations people have for VR. And yes, this means Second Life will be part of this awareness, as it becomes compatible with the Rift, and we have new ways and platforms for accessing SL. And in this way, Second Life will have a second life of its own.
I could write many thousand more words on the subject, and wish I could right now, but here's the thing:
I'm involved in some of these projects, pretty busy because of them, can't talk about them further now, but will have some announcements and news to share soon. For right now, suffice it to say this: 2014 is going to be a very exciting year.
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