From Barcelona Nightlife to San Francisco Buses.
It has been a little over a week now since I started using Meerkat, the live streaming app that uses the Twitter platform. In the first week I have watched someone:
- eat breakfast
- walk through the bustling Barcelona nightlife
- play video games
- wait in line
- do a product demo
- make dinner with their family
- play with their shoe while on a Muni bus in San Francisco
- release a new product
- stream their startups monthly kickoff meeting
- chat about dealing with startup and founder stress
- walk home from work
If someone told me a week ago that I would be enjoy watching these things I would of told them that they were out of their minds. The funny thing is that I do enjoy it. It offers me a window into other peoples lives that I did not have before. Even though it is trivial and often boring watching someone walk down a sidewalk it allows one to transport myself into a new dimension that was not present before.
This is Jimmy Fallon demoing the Oculus Rift on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
If Meerkat is the future of virtual reality, I am ready. How amazing would it be to put on an Oculus Lense and experience the world just as someone else is. Initially virtual reality technology never excited me as I saw the only application to be in the gaming industry. I never enjoyed gaming systems and probably never will. Meerkat has opened my eyes to a new set of potential experiences that virtual reality can eventually unlock.
One of my personal role models, Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and lead the early days in virtual reality. Unfortunately, his life was cut short by terminal cancer which he writes about in his book “The Last Lecture” (Side note: I will be writing a post on this soon) one of the few books that I read routinely once a year. Sadly he is no longer with us. I can’t help but wonder how amazed he would be at the state of virtual reality today and how quickly it has developed. It’s no longer animated figures or scenes out of a pixar movie we have moved leaps and bounds ahead of that.
What Will This Technology Change?
The more I consider the standard curve of adoption for most technologies I think about all of the potential use cases that have such an incredible impact to our world.
From enhanced training for high stress jobs such as a trauma surgeons or combat soldiers. There’s no better way to train than through simulations. If virtual reality can become life like enough these applications can potentially change the world.
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