Will Virtual Reality Be Your New Travel Go To?
Virtual reality has been perceived as gaming’s next big break, however, it’s not the easiest way to pass time on your commute.
This thought process comes after an individual was taped playing a virtual reality game during his ride to work while on the train.
Neil Lindquist captured the video footage during his own regular morning commute to work in Boston this past Friday.
“There was a guy sitting there on his VR headset and as the ride went along he was becoming a little bit more animated,” he said as he referred to the person he was videotaping.
“Initially, he was pretty quiet but about 10 minutes in he was having much more of a reaction to the game. At first, I was trying to figure out if it was a joke or not because we were getting pretty close to April Fools. But it wasn’t. So, after a couple of people started Snapchatting, I joined in. Luckily, I caught him at one of his animated moments, which seems to have been pretty popular on the internet so far.”
But the administrator of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which looks after the trains, isn’t too overly happy on this whole ordeal.
A spokesperson iterated to the Boston Globe newspaper that this type of behavior was “not advisable, as it would make riders less aware of what’s going on around them”.
Do you see a type VR ban or restriction coming along soon?
“Not being able to identify the people around you could potentially be a bit of a problem if something were to happen maybe to him or to someone else,” Neil said.
“On the morning commute when it’s so busy it’s probably not an issue. But I wouldn’t want to be doing it at 1am.”
So do you think he would fall into the groove of wearing a VR headset on a train or anywhere other than home anytime soon?
“I’d be more than willing to try a VR headset but I think I’d probably prefer a book or my phone on the train. Give me a podcast any day.”
Facebook purchased Oculus VR, a California-based business which specialized in virtual reality products, for close to $2 billion just a few years ago.
Earlier this year, Facebook purchased a young company that’s under a year old, eight months old to be precise. That company is a British-based VR company known as Surreal Vision. The technology world is getting hyped up about what the future of VR could look like and what it can bring to us. Will it make our life easier or will it add even more mental difficulties for us?
The real question we want to ask just to get the creative juices flowing – is this what your commute to and from work could look like within the next decade? Do you see yourself as someone that can utilize this type of technology on the way to your next business meeting, or is this how the new business meetings will take place?
Overall, one thing is for sure and we can bank on it, and that’s that technology is continuing to grow and it will only get better and more advanced as time goes on, so have a choice right now, we can jump on board now, or wait till we fall far enough behind and then with that we will be faced with newer obstacles to overcome.