IT WAS GOING to happen sooner or later. A man has spent an entire week in a virtual reality (VR) headset as an experiment.
Jak Wilmot, the co-founder of studioDistrupt VR, spent an entire week holed up in his Atlanta apartment, in an Oculus headset, in another reality.
For added fits and giggles, Wilmot live streamed the entire event on Twitch so that anyone could join his internal odyssey.
The windows of the flat were all blacked out to remove his natural circadian rhythms (posh for 'getting sleepy') and although he had a camera mounted in the headset which allowed him to see the real world, albeit, in corner screen, he couldn't see the real world directly at any time.
Apart from thirty seconds to swap between a tethered headset and a portable one (all the time with his eyes closed), he had to do everything in his headset - including sleeping, washing and doing toilet.
He explained in his wrap-up video (below) that by switching between apps, he was able to create the exact environment he needed for any situation. "Everything is in the headset," he added.
He spent time meditating, exercising, meeting people in VR chat rooms - everything that VR could provide, he threw himself into.
Afterwards, there was a bit of dizziness, a bit of culture shock, but coming back to reality after a week in an alternative plane was, at least in Wilmot's experience, pretty easy to do - dispelling some of the concerns about being too enveloped in VR to come back.
His eyes were sore at times because of course they were, but generally, the experiment was a success - and after a week of artificial reality, the big bonus of reality?
"The graphics are so good", he quipped. μ
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