White-knuckle ‘Neuromancer’ raids brought to life with Oculus Rift

A New York artist is working to bring one of the most visceral aspects of William Gibson’s cyberpunk classic Neuromancer to life. Case and Molly simulates the raids carried out by the book’s hacker protagonist and his mercenary partner, using a makeshift 3D camera (a pair of iPhones) and the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to let one player ride behind the other’s eyes as they solve a series of logic puzzles to advance.

According to creator Greg Borenstein, the feeling of helplessness experienced as he rode around looking through someone else’s line of sight was completely overwhelming. “I found myself gripping the arms of my chair, white-knuckled as he flew the camera over furniture and through obstacles around the room,”…

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