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By Asa Rodger, first appeared on my blog.
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The VR hype train is full steam ahead going into 2017 and whether it goes anywhere on the tracks of reality or not I love hanging out in the front carriage. 2016’s seen it come to fever-pitch with competitors to HTC’s Vive being churned out every couple of weeks (Google’s Daydream with the Pixel phone is a brilliant duo of tech hardware). Of course, with competition comes accessibility and we’re all going to be plugging in soon enough.

Earlier this year the owner at MadeBrave (the team I work in), Andrew, chatted at The Google Academy in Glasgow about VR and the future of it. Before that, in the name of research, of course, the studio seemed to have every VR gadget going (Oculus Rift, HTC’s Vive, Google Cardboard, Playstation VR — all of it!). I won’t lie, I was sceptical at first, it was a glorified 360-screen Playstation, with worse games. I couldn’t have been more wrong and that world really suckers you in. It only takes a few minutes to completely stop thinking about how much you look — well, a little bit strange (punching pockets of thin air with a block of plastic dangling off your forehead will do that). The most bizarre part for me was strapping the headset on for the first time and looking down into a spacey void of the simulated cosmos. Although it feels like you’re RIGHT there, there’s nothing there to see. No hands, no body, no feet. Call it virtual but the experience in there is very real and only begs us to return to Philosophy’s age-old…


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By Asa Rodger, first appeared on my blog.
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When was the last time you felt nothing? The constant haul of gravity isn’t something I consider much but I feel it. It’s under my feet, on the seat of my chair, wrapping round my lower back and tugging on the straps of my bag at my shoulders. I think about it more than I think I think about it.

If, like me, curiosity often gets the better of you and you enjoy feeling like Alice clambering down the rabbit hole from time to time then don’t overlook spending time floating in nothingness. …


By Asa Rodger, first appeared on my blog.
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Yes, start with an outrageous claim Asa, great idea. Over the past few years of designing designy things I’ve become tired of hearing the ultimate wankery and prestige that seems to lurk around ideas. …

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Asa

Open-mind & scrambling for improvement. Side-projects, solo travel & turning to-do lists to done lists! Designer at @MadeBrave > asarodger.carrd.co

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