Well this was unexpected. If anything I would have thought Amazon or MS would have acquired Occulus. Needless to say when I first heard facebook was buying this I felt a bit let down but after reading through the many articles on the deal I atually think this might be a good thing. Maybe facebook was the right company to buy it. Here is a good article which describes some of the good/bad things about the acquisition:
I am currently waiting for the next generation of Occulus to arrive this summer – I have it on pre-order!
Since I was just talking about this…
It looks like Occulus Rift has just hired a VR expert to help get rid of motion sickness in their vr kit: Here is a link to the article
For those new to VR and wonder about why the motion sickness happens, here is an explanation from sciencedaily.com:
“Years ago research showed that the brain can re-set an upside-down view of world to be right side up. Constantly changing images pose a bigger challenge for the brain, which has to deal with ‘lag’: the time it takes the computer system to update and display changing visual images corresponding to the users head movements. This may be a variable linked to motion sickness and other symptoms related to helmet-mounted devices.”
They claim to have found a cure for simulator sickness, which would be huge. For those who know simulators became popular in the 1990s but never went anywhere because people got sick in them. So with newer technology coming out, there might be promise. You can read about it here: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/128815-Oculus-Finds-A-Fix-For-Simulation-Sickness