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I just shook the hand of someone with a 3D printed bionic arm. #weliveinthefuture #sxsw
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So I tried a Oculus VR experience based on the Interstellar movie. VR has made so much progress. This was an awesome experience.

You are seated in a comfortable reclining chair with the Oculus goggles and some headphones on. Your "mission" is to explore a space station, slowly moving through it as if on a track.

As you move around, you can look anywhere around you by simply turning your head. There is no lag I could perceive between the movement of your head and the update of the stereoscopic image. Older VR system had a lag of a few milliseconds that was enough to confuse your brain, break the illusion and make some people sick.

I did get motion sick, but not because of a lag. Instead the experience was so realistic that it is the rotation of the space station, which you perceive through the motion of the stars and the black hole visible trough portholes, that made me queasy. My body was convinced I was aboard a spinning space craft orbiting a black hole. Intense.

You move though the cramped space station through small openings, your head and limbs brushing against the walls. I could not resists tucking my legs and scrunching my shoulders. It was a weird sensation having my body react while my brain knew it was all an illusion.

At one point you enter "zero-g" mode and there are objects floating around you. I could not resist reaching to push one out of the way. Of course, you can't interact with them, so it's a futile gesture. I just couldn't prevent myself from trying, so strong was the illusion. It's even more surprising given that I saw the person before me do the exact same thing and I said to myself that I wouldn't be fooled.

It's really a strange sensation to have such an immersive experience that your body is completely fooled despite your brain remaining completely aware of being fooled, but unable to resist.

Can't wait to see what happens once these system become more widespread commercially.

#sxsw #oculus #interstellar
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Yes, both virtual reality and enhanced reality have a lot of potential. More work to do, though. 
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