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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    I just set myself up with the Google Gear VR thing. I'm astounded at the impression it makes and the things that it can do. Mass market VR might well be more than just another toy.

    With Streetview, for example, you can stand in the street anywhere in the world and look all about you. It is astonishingly realistic. It's eerie to revisit places you lived long ago.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016 edited
     
    Cool, they should have medical applications as well, some people are to scared to go outside their house.

    In a few years they will have haptic, smell and even taste abilities.

    Horror movies could be really scary.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    Do you get dizzy or motion sick using it?

    There is an electronic band that is supposed to stop seasickness.
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    I suppose it will let one virtually fly. Over Mars, for instance.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016 edited
     
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanI suppose it will let one virtually fly. Over Mars, for instance.


    Already available to the extent the imagery exists. What amazes me is that Street view is entirely realistic, without those weird projections you see at the joins on the flatscreen version. Furthermore you can look straight up and there is still an image. They must have been recording with VR in mind all along.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    @Trim
    I haven't got seasick from it yet, though I can see how some might. What I foresee is people forgetting that what they're seeing doesnt match up with wbere they are and walking into things. Some of the 3D recordings are that persuasive.
    • CommentAuthorthehard
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    The big problem with VR is looking down. That's where motion sickness kicks in for some people. The other thing that still has a way to go is the lack of counter-adjustment for the eyes adjusting. This is also a problem with 3d movies.


    Posted By: Trimpeople are to scared to go outside their house


    Do you mean because of illness or because of fear itself?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016 edited
     
    Yes, vergence/focus is uncoupled as in other 3D. It doesn't bother me as an old 3D hacker and 3D movies have enough of a following that I suspect there are quite a few others. But mch of tbe VR material is 2D -Streetview for example. When there is no edge to the image it's very compelling anyway.

    Looking down is curious. You see whatever fudging they have done to hide the camera support. Sometimes it's quite effective, others not. What you don't see is yourself and that can indeed be disorienting.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    @thehard

    There is a quite common mental illness, similar to claustrophobia that stops some people leaving their house.

    Putting phobics who know they are really safely at home, temporary in a scary situation might help wean them off their imaginary terror.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016 edited
     
    @Angus

    Which VR do you recommend?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016 edited
     
    The simplest, if you have access to a Galaxy S6 cell phone, is the Oculus Gear. It's less than $100 because it uses the phone to do all the work. That's what I have.

    You can get a smell of how it all works with the google cardboard thing I suppose - I've never tried. Apparently Macdonald's is giving that away free. Google used to sell a fold up kit for about $25.

    Or you could buy a self contained headset like the Oculus Rift. I've never seen one.


    I wonder if the VR experience itself would trigger agoraphobia.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    I wonder if it could be useful for meditation?
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016 edited
     
    Vision is my weaker sense. I'm not outside unless I can hear, smell and feel the outside, no matter what pretty lights are floating in front of my eyes. I usually watch TV without the "V" part, which makes it less distracting.

    Give me real VR.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    It will come, hopefully why we are still here to appreciate it.
    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    Real Reality can be really expensive.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    That's true. Being highly visual myself, I will pass on the smellovision. Seems a bit unsanitary.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    Posted By: AngusThat's true. Being highly visual myself, I will pass on the smellovision. Seems a bit unsanitary.


    Of course, you don't need to hear the car that's coming up behind you...
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    @Angus

    What is the best porn you tried on it, or wearing it?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    There is no porn.
    That I know of.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2016
     
    Quite right, they are called educational drama nowadays.