I’m not a person who gravitates to roller coasters, ferris wheels, bungee jumps, or ziplines. I can barely go to the edge of my condo’s balcony, 36 stories up.
I have no idea what possessed me to try the virtual reality headset that was being offered at a recent Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce real estate meeting. Thanks to sponsor Hotwire Communications, a fiber optics telecommunications provider, the Oculus Rift virtual reality system was available for a demonstration.
Virtual reality (VR) is a computer technology that completely immerses you inside a virtual world. Oculus Rift uses a virtual reality headset that superimposes a computer-generated image right in front of your eyes.
Once you put the headset on you are basically in a different world. You intellectually know that your two feet are on the ground, but you feel the full impact of the virtual world in front of you. Hotwire’s VR journey featured a walk through a new luxury apartment.
I got lucky. I could have put on a VR headset that had me jumping out of a plane or skiing down a 2,000 foot slope. Walking from room to room in the luxe apartment was challenging enough. I felt off balance and slightly dizzy. Every time I took a step, I couldn’t tell the difference between the VR environment and where I was actually standing,
Eliot, on the other hand, had no trouble at all. In fact, he wanted more action. He would love to experience what it’s like to float in air or rocket to the moon.
I hope you all get to try a VR experience really soon. Start with an easy one first, and then advance from there. Don’t pretend to be brave. You may find yourself screaming for your mother.