Virtual Reality will enable us to travel to places we would otherwise never be able to visit. In his TedTalk Daniel Blair, CEO of Bit Space Development, explains why he finds the possibilities of virtual reality transforming how we think about reality so exciting.
Daniel Blair states that in another time period he probably would have been a blacksmith. He points out that he likes to create things. Because he is a developer that has meant working in the field of virtual reality.
Although virtual reality is undergoing a resurgence it is not actually that new. Blair points out that in the 1950’s we had the Sensorama. In the 1960s the first head-mounted displays were introduced. In the 1980’s and 1990s there were further advancements in virtual reality technology. But most of the best stuff was found in labs not available to the general public.
Blair draws a similarity between VR technology and computer technology. For both the cost and size has been continually dropping. Like your smartphone, modern VR headsets don’t need to be tethered to anything. When we look back at how big and unwieldy the original smartphones were and compare those to what we have today we can see the direction in which VR is heading. At the moment Blair believes we are at the flip phone era of VR.
Blair goes onto state that he believe that VR will be the next true storytelling medium. It’s one which has plenty of commercial applications. As a brand you are always trying to reach your customers and show what is unique about your product. One application of VR would be to take customers to where your source your food.
And this is what is truly amazing about VR. It lets you go to places that you would normally never be able to visit. For example, in VR Blair was able to visit a pig barn. Because of legal and safety restrictions this is a place which we would normally never be able to visit.
When people ask Blair about why he works in virtual reality? He talks about his daughter. She has stood on the surface of Mars, been inside a nuclear reactor and in a big barn. All of this has been done inside of virtual reality.