I started this blog for a few reasons.
- I am genuinely and deeply interested in how porn is driving the development of virtual reality technology.
- I look to develop worlds like those shown on Caprica from Battlestar Galactica.
- A lot of the Virtual Reality blogs out there are ugly and not as organized as I’d like to see them.
- I have a lot of opinions and ideas I want to share about VR (yes, this whole blog is opinion and I welcome healthy arguments)
- It’s a personal library of resources
- There’s obviously a lot of more useful applications for Virtual Reality, but porn could more aggressively drive the development of haptics suits, touch and other integrated systems which will in turn help drive the practical use of VR to other mainstream industries.
My History with Virtual Reality
When I first started university in 1998, I saw so many opportunities in Computer Science and Engineering for contributing to this sort of technology. My interests were more focused on robotics, but many government contractors had established offices and work around the University that posted for volunteers to try out simulations. I often wandered around the engineering side of campus which allowed me to sign up to opportunities for testing VR for military simulations, which at that time, the concept was not so different than what it is today. (I’m still in shock that it was 22 years ago as I write this in 2020.)
The lab that I stepped into was the Institute for Simulation and Training, located in Research Park around the UCF campus in Orlando, FL. I was testing an environment that was created for military training. I remember the headset being heavy and walking off the treadmill-like platform nauseous that I had to close my eyes for a good 20 minutes before I could walk back into the oppressive Florida heat.
Fast forward to 2020 and I still get a bit nauseous. But I have not gotten this excited about technology in a long time. The advancements in VR are impressive and the potential applications are numerous.
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