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If you haven’t heard a whole lot about the Oculus Rift, chances are you will, as these immersive virtual reality headsets are due to start showing up in living rooms across North America sometime soon, according to techradar.com.
According to analysts and tech blogs like kitguru, the prediction is that the Oculus is poised to sell somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 million units in its first year, with a price tag of around $350.
All signs point to this being one of the biggest launches in VR gaming history. (Update: its out now – see below)
Oculus Rift – What’s It All About?
The Oculus Rift has other uses too other than immersing you in a VR environment.
You can also watch movies on this unit – like really watch them – as the Oculus puts you right there in the cinema and it really feels like you’re there, according to Brad Chacos, senior editor at PCWorld.
As he puts it, “The only thing missing was the popcorn”.
On top of that, there has been some truly amazing things done with the Oculus to help amputees deal with phantom limb pain.
In addition, you can stroll around foreign environments and even puts you into certain scenarios such as it does with “Hunger In Los Angeles”, where you can hang out at a food bank and witness several unfortunate events transpire.
All in all, we predict that gaming, if anything, will be the prime mover for the Oculus Rift, if all the reports are to be believed.
The Oculus Rift has its roots in a Kickstarter campaign that saw the Oculus VR company manage to raise 2.5 million dollars for the device – not bad! – only to be bought out by Facebook in 2014 for a cool 2 billion dollars
From there, some of its backers from Kickstarter felt the need to voice some complaints for various reasons we won’t go into here, though they seem quite valid under the circumstances.
The Oculus Rift sports the following specs: 90 Hz refresh rate, a resolution of 1080 x 1200 per eye, plus a wide field of view, and you just know that this unit is going to be a hit with gamers around the world.
Here’s a video showing off what the Oculus Rift looks like in action…
The Oculus Rift, along with other trending VR units like Playstation VR (AKA Project Morpheus), Avagant Glyph, and Google Cardboard, are soon to hit the mainstream market, and so, it looks like by this time next year, the average American home might look a little bit (or a lot) different, depending on how sales go.
Sales, of course, will depend on how much fun VR ends up being in the home environment. From the looks of the video above, all indications point to “yes”, people are going to have a ball with this thing.
Here Come The Party Poopers
While we are all for the advancement of technology, and, if you’ve spent any amount of time on this website, you can see that we clearly love our smart devices not to mention gaming – but our main concern at this website is the overall security of your home.
That’s why we here at Your Home Security Watch in fact do have a few reservations about immersive VR devices like the Oculus Rift and similar devices as it relates back to your home’s security, and we’ll tell you why.
For starters, devices like the Oculus Rift are designed to be completely immersive, as you can already see.
As you may have noticed from the above video, the people wearing these devices are transported to the world of virtual reality, leaving regular reality behind for a few minutes (or hours), depending on what they’re doing.
Maybe they are just going hang gliding through the Grand Canyon. That might only take 30 minutes (give or take).
Or maybe they are on a quest of some kind a la The Legend Of Zelda, which might take hours of hard virtual work to complete.
Obviously, the point of the Oculus Rift is to offer gamers an experience unlike any they’ve had before, and with the addition of Oculus Touch, the experience will get even more immersive.
Oculus Rift VR = Home Security Threat…Are You Kidding?
Actually, no. Does anyone remember when texting started to become commonplace?
People walking down the street, oblivious to their surroundings, running into poles, or even worse, texting and driving and getting into serious accidents.
In 2013, it was announced that texting and driving was the leading cause of teen death, with some very sobering statistics to go along with that.
So how does this relate to the Oculus Rift and home security in general?
Lets start with the fact that the Oculus Rift, not to mention similar virtual reality headsets, deprive its users of three of our senses in the real world: seeing, hearing, and touch by removing our spacial awareness.
VR is even capable of tapping into our sense of smell and taste, and there are initiatives to get some VR masks made that can simulate these missing senses so that all 5 of our senses are tapped.
Of course gaming systems with very distracting games have been around for years and years, so what makes the Oculus Rift so different?
As we said, the Oculus Rift takes you completely out of reality so that you can’t see, you can’t hear, and you can’t even really sense the space around you.
“VR Is Cool – Stop Being Such A Downer!”
If you have gone to the trouble to install a complete home security system, you definitely would be roused from your slumber.
If you have a security camera, you can always just look to see if you’re dealing with a burglar or a racoon.
Say you are wearing a VR headset like the Oculus Rift, or any similar such headset, and its late, and you are wandering through Rome in a detailed VR environment complete with birds chirping and Italian people saying “hello” to you, you are not going to hear someone trying to break into your home through the front, side, or garage door (or a window).
Burglaries aside, any number of things could be happening outside of your headset and you’d never know it! What about fires?
Adults Using More VR
You may think that only kids are the ones using VR headsets, but that’s not the case.
Adults make up a huge part of the gaming market now, and adults have families that they need to look after.
Our point here is simply this: when you’re home alone or you are the one who is awake when others are sleeping, you are basically, on some level, in charge of your home’s security.
In the unlikely chance that there is an intruder, the only person who might hear them coming in is you.
If you are playing a game that requires every one of your five senses, this could result in a very bad situation, especially considering the sales predictions for these VR headsets is set to explode in the new year.
We don’t like to encourage over-reaction, or paranoia to any sort of home security threat. We feel that common sense is always best.
So keep in mind: these headsets are designed to take your senses away from reality (your home), so just be aware that depriving yourself of your own senses in the real world could cause real problems.
Also remember that when companies started selling smart phones, and people started to develop bad habits with using them, such as texting and driving (read horrifying stats here if you need a reality check), that did not stop any company from selling them to us, or us from buying them and continuing to make poor choices with them.
We feel that smart phones can be and are, depending on the user, very helpful devices, but they have a tendency to be misused, just like these VR headsets could easily be misused.
We at Your Home Security Watch want to promote the best usage of these devices, not the worst.
Teenage Babysitters and VR – Not A Good Combo
I’m sure you can imagine some other situations that could lead to compromising your home’s security, which of course means your family’s security as well, such as situations involving teenagers using VR headsets who are in charge of babysitting your children.
It’s bad enough some babysitters are probably only half-paying attention anyway, watching a movie or playing or their phone, ignoring their job.
Even though we aren’t at home, we know that they’re probably sitting there talking to their friends, but that is really small potatoes compared to a babysitter who may just decide that instead of monitoring your baby while they’re sleeping, they decide to leave their five senses behind and play some highly entertaining virtual ping pong.
Our Message To You
If the predictions this year about the Oculus are true, next year will see a whole lot of these VR headsets start popping up in homes across America, and we as homeowners who want to keep our homes safe should really give a thought to this new technology, as it will definitely require some getting used to.
Not to mention the fact that wearing a device like this for extended periods will probably lead to eye strain and headaches, as well as motion sickness, there is clearly the potential for other adverse consequences of using a device like the Oculus Rift, which could be even more potentially disastrous.
Of course, with all of the hype behind these “toys”, not a whole lot of people who are inside the industry are going to be mentioning the downside of using them, so that’s why we’re here to mention that you just need to be careful…
Wait…It Gets Worse?!?
It turns out, the future of pornography is right now, folks, and its brought to you by a company called BaDoink who are promoting the most realistic and interactive virtual reality porn ever.
While we must admit this concept seems rather compelling, we must also think that something like this would be even more distracting than the already-really-distracting Oculus Rift.
That said, we must once again re-emphasize that any time you decide to leave reality in favor of some other form of stimulation, you are putting your home at risk.
Here’s a look at people experiencing BaDoink fo the first time. Think this might be a tad distracting?
Once again, look out for BaDoink as its just starting to hit the market now, and all of the same risks are involved as with the VR gaming headsets, except maybe even more so.
To conclude, we just want to say again that although technology can be amazing, and do things that we may never have previously imagined possible, the fact that virtual reality is finally coming to the mainstream means that we have to make sure that we stay vigilant in order to protect what is valuable to us – our family and our homes.
Keep your eyes open!