Why even basic accessories can make virtual reality seem real


There is an alien in the space station. The motion tracker scans my surroundings, but nothing moves. I creep into the next room and duck behind a stack of cargo. The rumble of the spacecraft creeps up my spine as I stare at the tracker. Suddenly, there is a blip. The alien’s steps grow louder. Rumble, rumble, rumble.

I have played Alien: Isolation in virtual reality before, but this time there is a small difference: I’m sitting in a chair made by a startup called BRAINFIZZVR that vibrates. It’s subtle, but it’s enough to convince my body to join my mind in the virtual space station.

Everyone who tries Oculus Rift feels its pull. Your brain wants to believe what it is seeing is real, and it’s willing to play along until something trips you up. For me, that moment always comes when there’s no haptic feedback. I want to feel the lightsaber…

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About Jack

BRIEF BIO: Jack Gunter is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and songs. He is the co-owner of Open Door Communications, a copywriter, an inventor, and a former broker and private investigator. He is a naturalist and an amateur scientist and cryptologist. He likes to compose music and to design and play games and puzzles of all types. He homeschooled his children. He lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his beautiful wife, talented two daughters, his old friend and Great Dane Sam, and his three Viking Cats.

Posted on January 29, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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