Around the World in 30 Seconds
By Alex Gomez
Greetings and Salutations everybody! Now I’m not sure how most of you have planned your day today, but whatever the case may be, one way or another you have found yourselves in the realms of inQueary.
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Whether you want to leave now or not is completely up to you, however, with the knowledge that is about to be sent your way I strongly suggest all of you out there get really, really comfortable… Let me start off with a question I’ve been dying to ask all of you:
“What is real? How do you define 'real'? If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”
Okay, I admit it. I didn’t think up this question all on my own, and if any of you consider yourselves movie aficionados you all probably know where this quote was derived from. This comes from the mouth of Morpheus, a character in the movie The Matrix (1999), and a character often in charge of spewing the most insightful of words or phrases, similar to myself. For those of you who have not seen the Matrix, you are all undoubtedly scratching your heads at why I could possibly be bringing this up. The key word is this: Virtual Reality.
Ah Yes, indeed the topic of this very podcast show is virtual reality, with a focus on the Oculus Rift and how it could affect the tourism industry. To first figure that out, we need to ask ourselves some essential questions, starting with some definitions. We can start with Reality.
Reality: existing or occurring as fact; actual rather than imaginary, ideal, or fictitious
Everything about our very lives in this moment, is real. Now Virtual Reality
sway the other way, like I mentioned the first consumer ready Oculus Rift will be on the more pricey side of most people’s wallets. Aiming for a first quarter, 2016 release, founder Palmer Luckey expects the first sets of Oculus Rift to hit the shelves north of $350. This is assuming that the buyers of such technology already has an Oculus-Ready PC. Those who do not have a PC ready to handle such an extensively complicated technology will have to fork up around $1,500 dollars and that is where people, at least in this young man’s opinion, will draw the line. When questioned by PCworld about the Rift Mr. Luckey had this to say, “It would really suck if you put something out there and people were like ‘Ah man … the Rift is good, but it’s not quite there’, you know?”
is strategic on Luckey’s behalf as, the need to avoid any cataclysmic issue with the technology is completely understandable. He proceeds to say in the same interview, “… I can’t tell you that it’s going to be $350, and I would say I think people are going to be happy with what they get for the price because I really do think it’s going to be that best VR headset you can buy.” With this Luckey is giving consumers a bit of a backhanded re-assurance. This product may completely fail with consumers but, with the success of certain trials it seems unlikely, he also wants to build a certain safety net for himself. What he can promise is that within the sub category of virtual reality this will indeed take the proverbial cake. And so now the question rolls over to us, the consumer. Would any of you want to pay that price for virtual reality? Is it necessary and in the long run would it improve the current methods of touring the globe.
only time will tell us that.
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The Matrix. Perf. Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving. Warner Bros, 1999. DVD.
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