Netflix makes a 3D interface for the Oculus Rift but it may never be released

By John Callaham on 22 Aug 2014 03:35 pm
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A small team at Netflix used its recently Hack Day event to create a cool 3D user interface for the Oculus Rift virtual reality helmet, but it may never be released to the public.

The result of this effort have been posted on YouTube, which has been given the mash-up name "Oculix". Basically, the software runs on the Oculus Rift and allows the user to view a 3D representation of the Netflix library of games. Movies can be selected via hand and head gestures, with the user seeing the movies and television episodes as if they were suspended in air and surrounding their head. Once a video is selected, the UI shifts to what looks like a virtual viewing room where the user can watch a movie or TV show, but still see the other parts of the "room" by shifting his or her head.

Sounds cool, right? Well, while this would certainly be a very nice application for the Oculus Rift, the Netflix team made it just for Hack Day. The company stated, "We should note that, while we think these hacks are very cool and fun, they may never become part of the Netflix product, internal infrastructure, or otherwise be used beyond Hack Day."

What did you think of "Oculix" and would you use it if you had an Oculus Rift?

Source: Oculus Open Source on YouTube

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Netflix makes a 3D interface for the Oculus Rift but it may never be released

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I'd wager Netflix is waiting to see if the Rift takes off. If it does, making a Netflix app only makes sense; if it doesn't, they don't have to pick up a new platform and keep it supported.

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