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Oculus VR Secures $75M to Fund its 3D VR Helmet and Offers Jobs

Oculus VR, the company behind the amazing 3D stereoscopic virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, has secured $75 million in capital increase on its way to a large scale product launch in 2014.

Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, the company who has helped fund tech giants including Facebook and Twitter, led the Series B round of funding for Oculus. Its co-founder, Marc Andreessen, will join Oculus VR's board of directors.

At the same time, OculusVR offers over 30 open positions for talented engineers with a taste for immersive stereoscopy.

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Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that displays content in stereoscopic 3D with a field of view of 110 degrees diagonally. Players immersed in a game will be able to view from all angles, whether it's in front, above, below or even behind them. Versions of the headset will run in 1080p high-definition resolution.

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Picture courtesy of Ogre3d.org

Beta test prototypes offers 2 x 640x800 resolution but we heard that the commercial version will offer 2 x 1920x1080 pixels. Rendering immersive virtual realty for the Rift requires a special side-by-side format as you can see here above.

The Swiss Knife of 3D Displays

"Oculus will not only alter the gaming landscape but will redefine fundamental human experiences in areas like film, education, architecture, and design," says Andreessen in a statement. "Oculus is at the tip of the iceberg of its potential, and we're incredibly excited to help them change the world."

Info

Torque 3D is an open source video game now modified to support the Oculus Rift. You will learn a lot about the Rift reading this paper on garageGames. The Oculus Rift Wikipedia page is also well documented.

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