Valve in the New York Times

The Sunday New York Times business section has a nice piece about Valve that talks about our wearable effort, among other things, and includes a few quotes from me.

I’ve seen some speculation online that one of the pictures that accompanies the article, featuring Gordon Stoll wearing a headset, depicts a prototype of a Valve HMD. That might be more plausible if the headset didn’t clearly have the letters “NVIS” on it. It’s an off-the-shelf NVIS ST-50 see-through HMD, with a couple of mounts added and a camera mounted in one of them. It’s a useful platform to experiment on, but it’s definitely not a prototype. It’s also not a video-passthrough AR HMD, as some have guessed; it’s see-through, and the camera is used only for tracking.

2 Responses to Valve in the New York Times

  1. Jamie says:

    Rediculous. Everyone knows that NVIS stands for netvis. This is some sort of gear for processing the real world’s PVS.

  2. Security Guard Class 4 stanley tweedle says:

    I remember in SNowcrash, Hiro Protagonist’s friend, David, got infected by new technology (the snowcrash drug) and had to go to the hospital. I hope in supplying all this VR goodness to the world, that Abrash and Valve don’t turn out to be the drugdealers like Raven who hurt a lot of people with new technology.

    http://embedded.eecs.berkeley.edu/Respep/Research/weld/ilp/ilp97/szollar2.html

    The effect of VR depends primarily on the amount of time and frequency that a user is exposed to it, as well as the quality and structure of the VR device. Sensory conflict theory proposes that the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) is not in agreement. The theory argues that the eyes are receiving information which would indicate to the brain that there should be a corresponding vestibular response, which is absent, and therefore there is a conflict between the data being processed by the brain. Other discrepancies the brain must compensate for are latency and drag in the field being viewed. The argument is that VOR adaptation will occur, while in the short term the flocculus contributes most significantly to the correction, more long term effects of motor learning indicate changes made in the synaptic weighing of synapses on vestibular neurons. Some researchers believe there is new axon growth that incurs permanent brain damage in extreme cases of prolonged exposure.

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