Re: Oculus Rift Tourism
The stuff happening in this space is nothing short of amazing. Like Whoopty, I've seen plenty of tech demos and such making the rounds, and they never fail to impress me - but I haven't actually used an Oculus Rift personally, so it's much appreciated to have that insight. I would have imagined the opposite effect; that the more you use the device, the more you get used to it's quirks and the easier it becomes to get immersed. Like Dave said, I wonder if that's a case of the current offerings (software-wise) not taking full advantage of the hardware, rather than a fault in the hardware. I'm sure this is not the last time this topic will appear on the Geekend, so please keep us posted on your impressions as new stuff comes out, Whoopty.
As for virtual tourism, I think the sky's the limit. We talk about 'hyperconvergence' when it comes to networking hardware, but here we see something like that happening in a different space. They mention the use of drone cameras and other technology that combines with the Oculus to do something that seems impossible. Gary_EL mentions bandwidth, and all the myriad technologies on that end come into play here as well. Most people that have expected to be underwhelmed by the Oculus have said the opposite after using it (in my reading). Let's not forget that you could use this technology to visit fictional and physically impossible places as if they were British Colombia. You could hang out on the moon, or in Middle-Earth. Like the mobile revolution of some years ago, I wouldn't be surprised if all this creeps up on us faster than we realize. The technology is all there.