Oculus Rift price drop creates unprecedented value over HTC Vive

Oculus announced an unprecedented $200 price drop on the purchase of the Rift headset and Touch controllers. This presents a great opportunity for consumers interested in buying into Virtual Reality without taking out a second mortgage. But what does this price difference to do the perception of value and quality between the VR options. Often, a lower cost version of a technology represents a cheaper implementation. But is that the case with the Rift?

The technical specifications that matter to VR are identical for both platforms. Resolution, field of view, and now with Oculus’ 3 sensor configuration roomscale VR is also available for both. Additionally, the Oculus Rift can use most if not all titles available for the HTC Vive. However, Vive users may be locked out of some of the Rift’s high quality, exclusive content. Additionally, the Rift’s lighter weight is another advantage over the Vive.

The Rift’s home menu, store and game navigation system called Oculus Home.

This results in a more affordable VR platform that may be better in some ways. Which is the opposite of what the price/quality appearance is to the uninitiated.

If potential VR consumers recognize this value gap favoring the Rift, Oculus is in for a sales boost that could put a dent in HTC’s market share. Conversely, if the price difference appears to the consumer as a ‘you get what you pay for’ warning, as HTC appears to be betting on, this could backfire for Oculus.

Oculus Rift DK2 Unboxing

The DK2 has arrived! Just 24 hours after it shipped it was on my doorstep. It probably helps that I’m in Southern California less than 3 hours drive from where it shipped from, Ontario, CA.

This is just a preliminary post, but here are my unboxing photos. I have since installed it and used it. My initial impression is, I can’t wait until the existing software supports this thing!

My favorite 3 new features are: 1) The higher resolution display, 2) The motion tracking, and 3) The display driver that feeds the video directly to the rift without extending or mirroring your desktop. I was hoping this would come someday, and it has.

Enjoy!

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The Oculus Rift DK2 is coming!

I never thought I’d be happier to see a text from my bank alerting me a purchase was made on my debit card! I also just received, minutes ago, confirmation from Oculus that they charged the remaining balance and the Oculus Rift DK2 is about to ship!

With higher resolution, motion tracking, and a built in latency tester, my team can’t wait to continue developing for the Rift.

By the way, if I sound like an over-excited child on Christmas Eve, you’re spot on!

Python ipcam library for Foscam and other ip web cameras

Here is a very helpful, easy to use, python library for Foscam and other ip web cams. I have been using it with a Raspberry Pi.

IPCam Python Library

Here’s an example of how it works:

Instantiate a camera connection.

from ipcam import IPCam

cam = IPCam(host='http://192.168.1.121',
            username='mylogin',
            password='mypass')

Get a snapshot from the camera.

snapshot = cam.get_snapshot()

Save the snapshot to a file.

from datetime import datetime

file_name_suffix = datetime.now().strftime("%Y%m%d_%H%M%S")
file_name = 'snapshot_{}.jpg'.format(file_name_suffix)
f = open(file_name, 'wb')
f.write(snapshot)
f.close()

Additionally, you can set camera parameters easily as well, they’re all by name, and right on the connection object.

cam.set_param('resolution',32)