DATING APPLICATION Tinder has gone all the way to the CES electronics show to labour a joke about virtual reality (VR) headsets and create some yucks about double user experiences, while presumably making some punters look pretty bloody stupid indeed.
The firm has created a two-man VR headset that lets two people look into each others eyes and have a conversation. This is the antithesis is VR headsets of course, because they tend to offer a relatively solitary experience, and it is obviously a joke.
"It seems like everyone is launching a VR headset nowadays. As a tech company, we felt inspired to create one of our own. But here's the thing: our mission has always been to get people together to have real experiences in the real world. So how do we reconcile the fact that VR is the antithesis of this? By removing the V from VR," said the firm in a blog post.
"We created our multi-user VR headset with the Tinder experience in mind. Real people having a real experience, and like the app, it only works with a double opt-in. Although the Tinder VR headset is only on display at our booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)... the real-life experience of connecting with someone is always available on Tinder. Welcome to the future. It's all about human connection. Give it a try—you might enjoy it."
We are not there, but we can pretty confidently say that we would not enjoy it. The headset takes two heads and probably two users of a relatively equal height. Details are not important as the thing is just a gag anyway.
Tinder has released some photos of people using the headset, they look reasonably awkward, and we suspect that they work for the company. Real world use, other than in staring competitions, looks very unlikely from here. µ
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