Oculus VR has a new headset. CEO Brendan Iribe showed the prototype, dubbed Crescent Bay, off today at the first Oculus Connect conference. It has built-in audio, it’s lighter and packs 360-degree motion tracking.
HughPickens.com writes Medium reports that although many startups want to design something that mimics the fit and finish of an Apple product, it’s a good way to go out of business. "What happened when Apple wanted to CNC machine a million MacBook bodies a year? They bought 10k CNC machines to do it. How about when they wanted to laser drill holes in MacBook Pros for the sleep light but only one company made a machine that could drill those 20 m holes in aluminum? It bought the company that made the machines and took all the inventory. And that time when they needed batteries to fit into a tiny machined housing but no manufacturer was willing to make batteries so thin? Apple made their own battery cells. From scratch." Other things that Apple often does that can cause problems for a startup include white plastic (which is the most difficult color to mold), CNC machining at scale (too expensive), Laser drilled holes (far more difficult than it may seem), molded plastic packaging (recycled cardboard is your friend), and 4-color, double-walled, matte boxes + HD foam inserts (It’s not unusual for them to cost upwards of $12/unit at scale. And then they get thrown away.). "If you see a feature on an Apple device you want to copy, try to find it on another company’s product. If you do, it’s probably okay to design into your product. Otherwise, lower your expectations. I assure you it’ll be better for your startup."
No, you still can’t buy a consumer version of the amazing Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, but it’s getting really, really close! Oculus just announced a brand-new prototype at the company’s Oculus Connect conference in Los Angeles, and they claim it’s a GIANT leap forward.
While we don’t have full tech specs yet, it’s higher resolution, with improved optics and 360-degree tracking—meaning unlike the last developer kit, it has tracking LEDs on the rear of the unit so you can spin around in your chair (or hopefully, stand up) and not get sick while using it.
Also, for the first time, the headset has (optional) built-in headphones. Oculus says positional 3D audio is going to be a huge component of virtual reality from now on. "Starting today, we are working on audio as aggressively as we are on the vision side," says CEO Brendan Iribe.
"This prototype shows the quality, the features, the presence we need to deliver consumer VR," says Iribe.
We’re going to get a chance to try the Crescent Bay in person later today, so watch for that!
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