Virtual Reality #Analytics with Oculus Rift – Yeah I can do this.


Well, with the free time I have on my hands now, why not?!  With Oculus being on the forefront of VR and now Microsoft touting their HoloLens, why not take these amazing technologies and look, pun intended, into the future.  I have had the Oculus dk2 sitting in my home office for a month.  Well, it is time to take it out of the box and create something new!


I believe as we begin to augment the world around us, remember Google Glass and their augmentation tech in front of us, this can be a powerful technology for business people.  Just think of a retail manager being able to overlay sales, returns, customer reviews on top of the products as they walk around the store.  Cool idea right?!

AugmentedBI from Extended Results

In the past, I created this augmentedbi solution on my smartphone where I could take a picture of an item on the shelf and immediately return sales information on that item.  Powerful and actionable.  No need to go look at a stupid report.

Kinect Interaction by Extended Results

Then we created this crazy NBA example of using a Microsoft Kinect which was well received at the MIT Sports Analytics conference in Boston.  See in real-time matchups and how to compete to WIN!

I believe there are great opportunities in augmenting the world around us from a business insight perspective.  I’ve been asked about a few hundred times now what I’m going to do NEXT.  Well, this is an area of interest because I want to get lost in the virtual world! 

Now I have to get back to getting this Oculus setup so I can LIVE the Data and not just look at another dumb dashboard or report.

Would love to hear your thoughts.

Enjoy, Patrick

PS: Because I’m a bit abstract in my thinking, here is an early prototype we were working on at Extended Results.  My glasses look better than Google Glass.  But theirs was at least real… Smile


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