At this year’s Oculus Connect conference at the San Jose Convention Center on October 11th, Mark Zuckerberg personified Silicon Valley’s trademark optimism and bold pronouncements when he announced that he wanted to get a billion people “in virtual reality” during his keynote address.
Despite the persistent conviction that virtual reality is the “next big thing,” we have yet to see the adoption explosion of VR as we did with other technologies, such as, well, Facebook. That didn’t seem to dampen spirits at the Oculus Connect event, nor did the fact that the company did not have a big next-gen Rift headset to announce. Instead, the conference focused on incremental gains to the user experience and a few new hardware releases. The most interesting was the Oculus Go, which Zuckerberg announced as a self-contained mobile headset. No cable or phone required. The Oculus Go will ring up for $199 when it launches next year.
The future is still bright for VR, but in the present, flex circuits are just one component that is helping to make this exciting technology frontier better and better.