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Me using the Oculus 


Have you tried some new gadgets lately? I love new technology.  There is always some new gadget that is practical, entertains, or is just plain fascinating.  I thought I would talk about some of the new and next level gadgets that are out there.  One is the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality goggles, the other is the selfie stick.

The Oculus Rift is the next level in video gaming.  Basically, it is a pair of virtual reality 3-d goggles that gives you the feeling like you’re inside the game instead of just playing.  My husband and I own a pair, and the feeling of being a part of the game is truly fantastic.  What is really cool about it is the motion tracking.  So when you look to the left, the Oculus recognizes that and looks left.  It is amazing!  You have to be careful how much you use it though; you may get motion sickness with prolonged use.  Also keep in mind that the Oculus is still in the development phase, so there are only a few games out there.   However, they are already working on developing films that can be shown in virtual reality.  Imagine watching something like 300, but you look down and you see the sand, and you look up and see the sky, fully immersed in the movie.  The Oculus is currently priced at about $350, which is less than or equal to what you would pay for a normal gaming system.

If you are more out of the house than in it, then the Oculus may not be your cup of tea.  However, if you are a serial selfie taker, then you will probably love the selfie stick.  The selfie stick is a stick (for lack of a better word) that has a mounting device for your smartphone or camera.  This stick extends and has a button on the handle for snapping pictures.  The selfie stick can be connected via a small cord that plugs into your phone or via Bluetooth; it just depends on the brand.  There are selfie sticks out there that can fit whatever smartphone you own.  What surprised me was the low price, which ranges from $3 to 35 dollars.

The Oculus Rift can be previewed and purchased on their website (, and the selfie stick can be found almost anywhere.  These are just a couple of new gadgets that are out there.  Be sure to check out some new technology for yourself.  Who knows, you may find the next big thing.

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