Hi Max, I'm also a fan (and KickStarter backer) of Obduction, and I'm really hoping they are successfully funded. Thanks for helping spread the word!
You mentioned the Oculus Rift -- which is cool -- but you should really check out Jeri Ellsworth's latest project: castAR. She and Rick Johnson have come up with a very cool, very versatile augmented-reality / virtual-reality (AR and VR) headset called castAR (click here to visit the castAR Kickstarter project page).
castAR not only does VR (and apparently with less distortion than the Oculus), but also projects 3D video, so that users see holographic 3D images in front of them. Their unique tracking system lets these images remain in place with respect to the world, while the user is free to move around (with six degrees of freedom.)
This is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time (and I already have Sony's 3D headset, which I used to think was pretty slick). castAR is half the cost, twice the refresh rate (and then some), the same resolution, and significantly less headache-inducing (weighing a fraction as much.)
Plus, this is one of Jeri's projects – it goes without saying that it will be hacker-friendly, with a nice SDK. I can't wait to get my hands on mine!
Their Kickstarter project is already deservedly successful, but I think a lot of your readers would like to hear about castAR. Check it out at their Technical Illusions website.
Eeek! I just checked out both the Kickstarter project and the Technical Illusions website. I have to say that castAR does look sumptuously tasty. I sooooo want one of these little beauties, and I'm so glad to be around when this sort of technology is coming online.