Since the launch of the Oculus Kickstarter, we’ve been focused on building the best virtual reality platform. The original development kit was a strong starting point that showed the world a glimpse of presence, but its shortcomings prevented it from delivering great VR.
Almost exactly one year after shipping the original dev kit, we’re pleased to announce DK2, the second development kit for the Oculus Rift!
The second development kit features many of the key technical breakthroughs and core elements of the consumer Rift including a low-persistence, high-definition display and precise, low-latency positional head tracking.
DK2 isn’t identical to the consumer Rift, but the fundamental building blocks for great VR are there. All the content developed using DK2 will work with the consumer Rift. And while the overall experience still needs to improve before it’s consumer-ready, we’re getting closer everyday — DK2 is not the Holodeck yet, but it’s a major step in the right direction.
During his last six years working as an elite security researcher for Google, the hacker known as Morgan Mayhem spent his nights and weekends hunting down the malware used to spy on vulnerable targets like human rights activists and political dissidents.
In the detective work required to pin those stealthy spying incidents on repressive governments and Western companies, Marquis-Boire is “extraordinarily talented,” says Ron Deibert, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto and Citizen Lab’s director. ”There are some people who are phenomenally adept at forensics, who have an intuitive sense of how to make connections through different pieces of evidence,” he says. “Morgan has those skills…But what I very much appreciate about him is his passion for human rights.”