Last week, we took a look at the upcoming Google Glass and how the futuristic glasses would change lives with a built in GPS, hands free video camera, and on-the-spot foreign language translator.
Now, we are looking at Oculus.
Oculus is a virtual reality headset that has for the first time ever, allowed us to fully immerse ourselves into an entirely virtual world.
It was recently acquired by Facebook for $2 billion, and Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg had this to say in a recent post: ‘Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online but entire experiences and adventures’.
When I first pictured a virtual reality headset, I immediately associated it with gaming. I figured it would take gaming to a new level and allow us to be inside the game slaying dragons and saving princesses, for real. (Well, it would at least feel real).
But I quickly realised that Oculus would be much, much more.
In fact, it would change not only the way that we play video games, but it would change absolutely everything about our lives.
Within 10 years, we will be able to hop in between true reality and virtual reality as if we were switching the television on. In fact, television will likely be a thing of the past. (Well, we will probably be inside the television itself through our virtual reality headsets.)
At any given moment, you will have the ability to escape real life and enter a world that you have created and chosen to be in, a world that fulfils your every desire…
Exciting, inspiring, and slightly scary too, right?
Scary because I can already picture people immersing themselves entirely into this virtual world and barely returning to feed themselves. Or maybe you will be able to eat virtual food…
But let’s not look into the inevitable negative impact that this will have upon some people as they choose to experience their entire lives in a fictitious world.
Instead, picture yourself on holiday… thousands of miles away from home…you probably want to speak with family and friends and tell them about your adventures… right?
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You put on your virtual headset. You enter a coffee shop that feels so freakishly real that your brain is incapable of differentiating between what’s real and what isn’t. Your family are there. Your friends come and take a seat too. You laugh, joke, and talk about the amazing things that you are seeing on your holiday.
Then your friend tells you about an amazing waterfall he just explored through his oculus headset.
And you realise….
Why did you just spend thousands on a holiday and endure a painfully long flight? Your virtual reality headset could have transported you there instantaneously.
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