Two things I’ve been looking forward to lately:
- Google Earth Virtual Reality
- Mario Kart Virtual Reality
Number two is not here quite yet, but Google announced number one on Wednesday!
Google Earth VR — Bringing the whole wide world to virtual reality
Very excited about this. I love how VR can let you “visit” a place. I’m excited to go back and visit the Dolomites of Italy and the mountain passes of Switzerland.
While at the Tech Inclusion Conference in San Francisco a few weeks ago, I watched Clouds Over Sidra: A Virtual Reality film. There was an Oculus booth there and the Oculus team was kind enough to let visitors experience VR and use the equipment they had set up. I used Oculus Rift with a Samsung smartphone.
The film was great. Really eye opening. And such an amazing way to tell a story! Virtual reality adds a whole new feeling to a story. With virtual reality, a story becomes a visual experience.
Yet, the screen was pixelated so that took the “realness” (“presence” is the the industry term) down a notch. And the lack of peripheral vision and absence of my own body or hands when I looked down brought the realness down another notch.
Still really cool technology that I am so excited about, but I definitely left feeling a little underwhelmed.