Is It Finally, Really, Virtual Reality’s Time?

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Yeah, OK, it’s not the greatest cover photo Time magazine has ever done (cover subject, Virtual Reality (VR) visionary and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey may have hoped for a different response), and good for Time for taking it all in stride. But that’s quite beside the point. Smartphones, not VR goggles, may be VR’s first big win. Or not. Again.

At this point, it’s hard to tell if the trajectory of this story – commercial scale adoption of virtual reality – will follow that of 3D TVs (oy vey) or social media (holy moly!).

There’s certainly enough media coverage and VC interest.

I’ve been following smartphone technology for a year now, and until two days ago — and in spite of VC partner Chris Fralic’s assertion that “Mobile Will Win First in VR” — I would have said that nothing I'm seeing makes me think Apple, Sony, or Foxconn are prioritizing VR. But on the advice of a friend I stopped in at a Best Buy and checked out the Samsung Gear VR. Holy crap. If they aren't, maybe they should be.

Then again, this all smells like investors trying to shape perception and turn it into reality.

Still, that demo wildly – WILDLY — exceeded all of my expectations, and it is simply not possible to appreciate the current state of VR without trying on even something as simple as Google's Cardboard viewer, which I promptly ordered for myself.

I fully appreciate that I am rapidly approaching (already here?) old-fart status, which comes with a healthy does of humility – so I could be very wrong.

I'm just not sure about what.

What do you think? [poll id=”6″]


Everyone is Mocking TIME’s Latest Cover Photo

Via PetaPixel:

The August 17th issue of TIME magazine contains a cover story about the ongoing rise of virtual reality. Unfortunately for TIME, it’s not the story itself that has everyone talking — it’s the cover photo

Virtual reality

After laying eyes on the photo, the Internet and media immediately began criticizing and mocking TIME for its choice of photo. The portrait shows Palmer Luckey, the 22-year-old wunderkind founder of Oculus Rift, wearing the VR headset he invented. Critics say the portrait makes Luckey look goofy and nerdy, playing off stereotypes instead of portraying him as a rising titan of tech.

Read full article at PetaPixel “Everyone is Mocking TIME’s Latest Cover Photo”

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(cover photo credit: snap from PetaPixel)

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