It’s great that CoderDojo Athenry can sometimes give young people (and parents) the opportunity to learn about and experience leading edge technologies, such as the 3D printer that Cathal Egan demonstrated at CoderDojo Athenry a couple of months ago.
In January 2015, we have another such opportunity, to try out the Oculus Rift. This is a virtual reality headset that combines 3D graphics with movement tracking, to give you the sense of being fully inside a computer generated world. Wearing it, you can look around everywhere, even over your shoulder, to see the world in 3 dimensions in all directions, and you can even move around it.
The Oculus Rift DK2 (Developer Kit 2) is an early stage technology, only available to software developers rather than the general public, but the ideas are likely to have a big impact in the future in areas such as games, entertainment, and education.
Even though we keep the demos to 2 minutes per person, it will take 3 or 4 weeks for all groups to get to try the Oculus out, because we have so many members in CoderDojo Athenry, and it also takes some time to get it set up.
Thanks a million to Ruaidhri in the Minecraft Modders group who owns it!