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Introducing a DIY, Open-Source Virtual Reality Initiative
7/25/2013

A modification to the Oculus Rift upgrades the headset with stereo cameras from an Xbox Kinect device .   (Source: imgur.com)
A modification to the Oculus Rift upgrades the headset with stereo cameras from an Xbox Kinect device .
(Source: imgur.com)

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Open source games?
Rob Spiegel   7/30/2013 7:33:19 PM
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I'm with you, JimT. And I think there is a generational aspect to this. Heck, young people believe all recorded music is open source. My daughter for years paid for every song. But after years of watching her friends download absolutely everything, she began to feel like a sap.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   7/29/2013 1:24:14 PM
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I think you're right, Rob--VR does seem like a no-brainer application for the type of free-handed, individualized experimentation and exploration that open source development encourages. It's interesting that both you and AnandY said essentially the same thing about not being employees of a large company: that may be relevant not only for access to technology but especially for creative freedom or the lack thereof.

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Greg M. Jung   7/28/2013 8:28:42 PM
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Jim, I agree with your observation.  Moving forward, corporate marketing needs to rethink the impact of open source technology and how their financial models and business decisions can be adjusted to take advantage of this new paradigm.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   7/26/2013 4:39:17 PM
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I think corporate marketing, in general, really detests anything 'open-sourced'.  It throws a monkey wrench into traditional recurring revenue and exclusivity methods. 

Time was, the word "exclusively" meant "good".  Now, I think its closer to "obsolete".  (Think of Operating Systems  [OS's]  like Palm-Pilot vs Linux, for example)

Open-sourced anything is truly a 21st century thing, and its always stronger and more flexible. This VR initiative should be no different.

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AnandY   7/26/2013 6:11:26 AM
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This technology will provide the young generation with an opportunity for simulating software using their resources. The need to be employees of large firms is therefore greatly reduced. It is also an efficient mechanism for reducing the costs associated with experimental hardware and software.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   7/25/2013 8:14:52 PM
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I agree, Ann. I think VR is the perfect place for some open source development. this will draw young people who can play with the technology without having to be employees of a large corporation.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   7/25/2013 5:33:39 PM
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Open source is great at reducing the costs of experimental hardware and software. Looks like that trend is making inroads into VR as well as robotics and other areas. I'd be surprised if it hasn't hit games yet.

Rob Spiegel
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Open source games?
Rob Spiegel   7/25/2013 8:59:05 AM
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Hey Cabe, could this lead to open source games? That woiuld be great to put the game technology into the hands of the gamers.

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