While there was much to see and experience this weekend at the virtual reality conference VRLA, the VR experience Where Thoughts Go was the highpoint for me. It was worth the entire price of admission and then some. Here in the midst of VR zombies, virtual-gun experiences where I can kill my opponent and laser light was a VR experience that delivers on the true promise of VR as an empathy machine and a way to feel the to the deeper underlying connection we all share.
It’s the first VR experience I’ve done, that I’d like to wrap up in a bow and give to everyone I know.
“Uncover the dreams, experiences and fears of others… and leave yours behind for others to find.”
The premise is simple. Five worlds. Five questions. In each world, you are presented with a question, floating around you are thought-creatures. By touching these light-creatures you awaken them and hear anonymous individual random audio-answers left by those who have already taken the journey. After a while, you are invited to leave your own answer for those who come after you.
The experience is never the same, and in many ways is actually alive as it grows and changes with each person who travels through it.
The entire experience builds to the profound and awakening ending, and you can’t help be changed by the experience. I am still thinking about it and know I will continue to for the days, weeks and months to come.
If you ever wonder why artists and creators are excited about the possibilities of virtual-reality checkout the beautiful and profound Where Thoughts Go. Congratulations to Lucas, Tarik, Darragh and their whole team.
I am looking forward to attending the VRLA conference this weekend! It’s certainly been an exciting few weeks in virtual reality land, since NAB! There have been so many announcements from Oculus, Facebook, and of course, hearing about Apple’s 8K …Continue reading →
Facebook and Oculus have announced the dates for Oculus Connect 4. The yearly conference for all VR developers. It’s the “fourth flagship event for the VR community! Oculus Connect is where engineers, designers, and creatives from around the world come …Continue reading →
You knew if you just waited long enough there would be an Oculus Rift Sale!. And, you were right! So what are you waiting for? Now’s your chance to move up from Google Cardboard! So check it out. Like all …Continue reading →
Samsung Creators Awards are calling for 360 submissions across ten categories: Sport, Gaming, Culinary, Auto, 4D, Travel, Music, Fashion, Science & Tech, Causes. They say “Are you a vlogger, filmmaker or VR pioneer? Share your whole story in 360— and show …Continue reading →
In one short week or so, Pokémon Go has introduced the world to the abstract concept of Augmented Reality. AR is the cousin of virtual reality, where virtual imagery augments reality. It’s a game based on Nintendo’s 1990’s hit Pokémon. This time, players use their smartphone …Continue reading →
What are your Virtual Reality Ethics? Do you have any? Do you need them? Are there things you should not do when working in VR? Stories you should not tell? Experiences you should not create? While theatre, film, television, and …Continue reading →
I know just what you’re thinking. “Where can I view virtual reality fireworks this year? Think about how easy it is! Just slip on a headset of your choice, load your favorite fireworks experience, press “start” and you don’t even …Continue reading →