As VR steps into the main stage today

I take a lot of things for granted.

You do too.

We all do.

One of the most important phone calls I got last year was from my 5 year old niece, who called me on my birthday. When I was 5 years old, I did not even know what a telephone was.

Today, it is easy to forget that things we cannot live without: our mobile phones, the internet, Air Conditioners and even electricity itself were all created in the not-too-distant past. 20 years ago, there was no Google search. Things we take for granted today would sound like a miracle to those earlier eras.

Yesterday, mankind took another giant leap towards a new form of technology that I suspect will be a big deal: Virtual Reality.

Facebook owned Oculus VR launched their Oculus Rift VR set yesterday.

Yesterday, the future became the present. We have gone from “one day, we should be able to do this” to having people actually try to build it out to now rolling it out to final consumers.

Let me try to explain what Virtual Reality (VR) is. Virtual Reality allows you to plug into a whole new world, the set looks like giant eye glasses which you wear over your eyes and ears. It completely replaces what you can see and hear. It is totally immersive.

Whenever I think about how much our world will change because of this new technology, I am wowed. This is the closest thing we have right now to teleportation. You could easily take a trip to space and see everything in real life scale and proportions, you can pay people virtual visits around the world and hangout.

It will change live events in a lot of ways when (or rather, if) it goes mainstream.

It is also not lost on me that one day, the Virtual Reality technology (if it works) will become stale, old and also taken for granted…

Then we’ll start looking for the next big thing.


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