I proposed a new virtual reality concept called Virtual Immersion© about a month ago. I’ve gotten a lot of emails/suggestions for ways that could be implemented. I also got a number of industry suggestions as to where the concept would take off the fastest, most of which I won’t share. One of the concepts however that recently came to me was the concept of a virtual tour of a city. I was recently in Bergen Norway, walking around in the rain. Bergen as a city smells differently when dry than when wet as most cities do. But unlike New York City which kind of smells well gross when it’s raining, Bergen actually smells differently when it’s raining. Not bad, just different.
Imagine a time when you could create a virtual immersion tour experience. Everyone could have the experience of wandering the streets of Bergen in the cold rain. Although, you don’t notice the cold rain as you wander that ancient city. You marvel at how people lived there before central heating. So, why not give someone the Bergen Viking experience, when it was cold and all you had was a fireplace. Imagine the educational wonder that could be created with a virtual reality/virtual immersion experience. Want to know what it was like on the Santa Maria? Want to experience crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Norway to Greenland? From Denmark to Norway as a Viking? Want to experience the wonder of the deepest caves or the depths of the ocean but are terrified of the dark or the intense pressure of the deep? Now you can do it, with the virtual immersion tour. The smells, sounds, sights and temperature of the Viking ship as it is bashed by the North Sea.
Not that I am advocating the behind closed doors presentation of the future given us in the movie WallE. That is a little terrifying. There is still a need to experience life, reality and interact with the universe around us. It is more that we can increase our experiences, see and do more. Virtual immersion technology would still support the physical effort of loading the Viking ship sails. The effort of rowing and fighting against the cold. So there would still be an ability to experience the physical effort and the virtual experience.
There would be limits to the physical components of the process. Injury would be prevented, even if over exert yourself. The system would stop at your pre-selected peak. You can push yourself but not too far. Just enough to continue the experience. Safely first, there is of course no reason to spend months in the hospital or at home recovering from a virtual immersion injury.
The potential experiences are wide spread. The value, you can do more while actually not having to spend a lot more. You can experience the joy of wandering Bergen Norway in the cold rains of June. Oh yeah and by the way it rains a lot in Bergen in the summer. So much so that every tourist shop in the town actually has umbrellas right in the front of the store.
Imagine a world where you could experience the wonder of being on a Viking ship setting sail in December towards Iceland. Or walking in the space suit next to Neil Armstrong as he stepped off the Lunar Lander for the first time. Experience all of that in your living room, getting the same exercise and experience as the person that was there, in person.
Virtual Immersion© the chance to do the next best thing to being there.
Creator of Virtual Immersion©