Like any new technology, as time progresses the cost to produce decreases and it becomes more accessible to the masses. Early adopters are first in the door and lead the charge for bringing new tech to the mainstream. They must deal with the inevitable bugs of the early days of innovative technology but if they believe in the product and can see its potential, more often than not, if it's got legs, it's going to run.
We're sure this is what Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg was thinking when he purchased Oculus VR for $2 billion. He obviously sees a potential in virtual reality and the Oculus platform that hasn't been realized yet. It still has a ways to go before it can get in the hands (and minds) of the general public, right?
Wrong. What if we told you that virtual reality IS accessible to the average joe? And that they can construct it under 12 minutes? Well, our resident average joe, Dom Fegan, filmed himself constructing a cardboard virtual reality headset in which you can mount a mobile device (and he did it in half the time on his second attempt).
Obviously the quality of the end product isn't as strong on a cardboard headset compared to the Oculus, but porting apps to your smartphone that have stereoscopic output allows users to experience a budget form of virtual reality that is just as immersive and experiential, without needing to fork out big bucks.
The potential we see in this is endless.