Is this real life? Or is this just fantasy

Mr. Bain swung round last night around 7:45, bringing yet another cool piece of technology with him. The Samsung Gear VR. With a cost of just $200 NZD i was greatly surprised of the quality. The Gear VR has been out for a couple of months now, however, I had never seen it nor heard of it. I am familiar with the original Oculus and the new HTC Vive. The Gear VR is powered by Oculus.

My Reaction?
I was so amazed. I was in my living room with my family a moment before, but now it feels as if I’m in a fancy house. A wall with statues and collectables, a snack bar, indoor water features, it was astounding. I had never experienced virtual reality, and to be completely honest, I never thought I’d get the chance. With the headset on for just a few seconds, giving me time to scope out my surroundings, it had caught me. I didn’t want to leave, it was beautiful.

Later last night, we started downloading games to play, and apps to try. Watching Netflix in bed, with a 60 inch TV, right in front of your face, man did it feel good. Running from creepy clowns, commanding a robot, watching an alien invasion, it was amazing.

The only downside was addiction.
It made life look bland, my dad didn’t want to take it off, I didn’t want to take it off, nor did my sister and brother. My mum was creeped out by the giant monkeys, she was fine.
Yes, it has it’s downsides, and of course positives included. Socializing, traveling, watching movies and shows, playing games, those seem obvious, but what about for medical use? You could run a program that tested reflexes, thinking, it could help you tower over your fears, teach you new skills. Let’s just see where it goes from here

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One thought on “Is this real life? Or is this just fantasy”

  1. Loved the allusion to Bohemian Rhapsody in your title here:
    Is this real life? Or is this just fantasy:

    It’s great that you are asking so many open questions here and that you start talking about the difficulties presented by addiction to this technology.

    I got one fact wrong though in my background check which I should correct here: these Samsung VR headsets have been on retail for around 12 months, not 2, so I put you wrong there.

    I think the possibilities of REALLY positive outcomes coming from using this sort of technology particularly in the area of dealing with brain-injury from crashes or sports concussions is sobering. It could also be used to teach language and, at a stretch of imagination, to teach physical disciplines like dancing or even karate or kung-fu ala Matrix:

    Or assist the elderly in retaining brain function and remaining engaged with others even in their advanced years (like me)

    But I think the overall effect on humans will be one of dis-connection, not re-connection. Immersed in our digital worlds why would we want real human interactions with all of it’s boundaries and disciplines.

    Ar we looking at the new super-drug of the future? Are these going to be the ways that prison inmates are pacified in the future? Hand them a head-set and leave them to their dreams? What happened to spatial intelligence perception after a headset experience? Will it be safe to VR and drive?

    Will headsets replace alcohol as the new way to escape reality?

    The implications on humans have not been researched yet but the possible consequences could be much much more significant than we think, than anything e have experienced or observed as a race before

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