Virtual Reality

It was reading a story on the EMCSA today that made me think about this. Though that was purely a visor, and the effects, well, maybe they were pure fiction lol! But what it of course reminded me of, was something that long ago was going to not only change gaming, but the world as we knew it, virtual reality.

Yes, I’m old enough to remember when it first came out as a concept, with its special visor, and all over body suit, and a pair of very large gloves. To be honest, all the talk back then was how all this gadgetry would be out in arcades in less than 2 years, and that everyone would get to experience it. Thing is, over here at least, it never happened. There was someone, waiting to get all dressed up in all this VR gadgetry, and she never got the chance!

Alright, as far as I know, no game ever came out that transformed the wearer into a robot, and I certainly know of no visor/headset that gave you the thought processes (and controlled mental state) of a robot, but anyway…I never got to discover, because it never really left the science labs. Now, I’m not a gamer, so dont quote me on this, but have some of the more recent/current consoles actually gone some degree towards this or not? Visor wise maybe, though as far as I know, nothing that requires you to wear a body suit to get totally immersed in the game has ever came along. As I say, I’m not a gamer, but if I got the chance to try something like that, you bet I would!

Seemingly in the science lab at least, things have moved on, though I note this one only seems to need a visor, maybe sight and sound are the only virtual senses you need nowadays? But if anyone out there is developing a virtual robot suit, and need a guinea pig to try it on, as Blondie would say, call me!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-mK5oNkr-I

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