Originally financed through a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, the Oculus Rift reignited interest in the possibility and potential of virtual reality and sparked the current VR craze. With strong support from development communities, the Oculus Rift is shaping up to be the leader in virtual reality. www.oculus.com
Google’s entry into the VR arena is a humble cardboard design with an NFC tag that syncs with your smartphone to function as the display.
A free laser- or scissor-cut schematic is available online for those who want to go DIY. Hundreds of immersive apps are already available on the Google Play store. www.google.com/get/cardboard