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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!

Prometheus…Visually Stunning…Storyline, Not So Much

Ridley Scott is one of my favorite directors, and I was truly excited to see his latest space thriller, “Prometheus.” As usual, Scott never ceases to wow the audience with visuals and suspense. However that’s about all there was to appreciate, aside from a story that started out interesting and ended up…well, it just ended up.

When Scott’s now classic space-horror, “Alien,” was released in 1979 it was an original. Movie-goers had never seen such a spectacle on the screen. The story didn’t need to have depth as the rest of the thrills were enough to carry the film and leave viewers stunned.

In the days of Avatar, Gladiator and even Jurassic Park, however, the audience has ‘seen-it-all’ and viewers demand more depth to the story. It seems that once the horror aspect of the film began, the story ended. Special effects are great, but they’re common enough that the story needs to be satisfying. Visual effects are to support the story, not to be the story.

Without giving anything away, I can only call this film a modern-day “Alien Redux.” I also saw “Prometheus” in 3D, and the visuals were all the better for it. Unfortunately, the 3rd dimension wasn’t enough to justify the relatively empty storyline.

Apple’s Free Engraving…Good for Business…Bad for You?

Apple has long been known as a ‘premium products for a premium price’ electronics maker. Along with others such as Bose, Lutron, and more, the quality and customer satisfaction for all of these brands is well established. Another quality these labels share is they are not known for exceptional giveaways, deep discounts or super savings package deals.

So, that being said, why does Apple give “Free Engraving” with the purchase of iPods and now their famed tablet, the iPad? Continue reading Apple’s Free Engraving…Good for Business…Bad for You?