Virtual Reality, what is that right? Is it a reality that is virtual or is it much more? Personally I just think most of the time ‘how good would porn be when it’s up in your face’. Don’t worry about other perceptual tools, societal benefits or gaming innovations, it’s all about satisfying that libido man. Seriously though, through VR we’re not just going to be watching a video, in fact we’ve got a whole extra entity to a ‘video’ when it is 360 degrees and bereft of any distraction.
There’s not a great amount of theory regarding the avocations and invocations of 360 video, as it’s fairly complex to consider the medium as not new, but an improvement from what we are usually able to see. Think of it as an alleviation of restrictions on our perception. I’m not referring to hardware restrictions, I’m referring to exactly the opposite, the visual restrictions on the user, when using the device. The terms used are generally monoscopic for a limited view, and stereoscopic for an unrestricted view; more like a bubble. However, we can stitch monoscopic visions into stereoscopic visions using certain tools (that are about as easy as trying to explain to someone why Kim Kardashian is influential). But this is generally the most common way to produce 360 videos right now, hopefully it will change.
“This sense of 3D empowers remote operators to accurately position and orient robot end-effector with confidence. Experiments have been conducted to reveal the usefulness of real-time 3D stereoscopic video feedback over multiple monoscopic video feedback in real-time teleoperation.” (Fung et al. 2005).
So, we are blessed with this convenience of being able to pull up a porno on our phones, laptops, PlayStation (if you’re into that), and we have the avocation of watching an entertaining video (ignoring the pure lack of genuineness) – with 360 (VR) porn we now have the invocation to look \around, we are invoked to have the ability to control (to an extent) what we’re watching. If you don’t want to see the explicitness you don’t have to I guess.
Bring this back to a whole other purpose, say for my project. We now have this ability to take in the environment we’re placed in. We are invoked to take part in this bubble, to explore it – I believe there’s an inherent link between curiosity and the ability to empathise. Feeling like you’re in a particular environment could be essential in being consumed in the narrative, and I bet you can’t tell me you don’t feel for the characters in a narrative. That is all.
Fung, W.K., Lo, W.T., Liu, Y.H. and Xi, N. 2005, ‘A Case Study of 3D Stereoscopic vs. 2D Monoscopic Tele-reality in Real-time Dexterous Teleoperation’, IROS.