Captain, your holodeck is ready: HTC Vive video review
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You might not have ever tried virtual reality before, but you know what a holodeck is.
There hasn't ever been a real-life holodeck before until now.
The HTC Vibe comes closest to turning your own space Into another world.
VR works by putting a helmet on your face and synching video and audio so it looks like what you see on 3D displays is all around you.
Vive goes further, it allows you to walk around, mapping the steps you take into steps in the virtual reality.
It makes a virtual play space.
All you have to do is draw the boundary.
It can be as little as six and a half feet by five feet, or up to 16 feet diagonally.
It's about a half hour setup to get Vive up and running, including downloading software and wiring up the headset, sensors and calibration.
To make all this happen, Vive has a lot of gear.
There's a headset, two light boxes that shoot out beams across your room to locate your body and controllers, and yes, those motion controllers, two of them, act as tools for your hands that morph into different things in different apps.
Oculus Rift right now just comes with a headset and a game controller
Vibe has a complete body rig for deep dive VR.
When it's on, it's the most amazing experience you can have in virtual reality today.
But it won't be the ony one.
Playstation VR and the upcoming Oculus Touch controllers have motion controls for your hands and let you walk around to.
Not as much as the Vibe will, But if you have the space, and the patience, high end PC to tether to, Vive is the first steps on the Holodeck.