#VR is for #Porn, Porn, Porn

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I had every intention of covering the “physicalization of content” in this post. It was going to be a noble post about the use of #VR to give physically challenged individuals and wounded warriors the opportunity to enjoy amazing immersive sensory experiences. I was going to talk about the ability of advanced #VR technology to “fool” the brain and make a simulation almost real. You can see that to which I am referring by taking a look at the video in the #FOVE (the world’s first eye tracking virtual reality headset)Kickstarter campaign. I was so inspired I was compelled to contribute.

Then… I awoke to this #Mashable Velocity Alert “Virtual reality sex is coming — and the toys are already here.” I immediately thought of the inevitable updating of “The Internet is for Porn” song from Avenue Q. And, of course a different perspective on “simulation.” Porn drove the VHS industry, cable and satellite television, and video technology on the Internet. It’s only logical that porn would drive #VR and integrated haptics. I’ll let you read the Mashable post for the “stimulating” details. But, whatever your feelings or judgments about porn chances are it will be one of the forces moving #VR technology forward and, it will make money. Perhaps the companies named in the post, Lovense and VirtualRealPorn, will lead the way. Porn was cable television’s “dirty little secret” but given today’s realities perhaps we can and should encourage and expect knowledge transfer. If not, you can use that as an excuse to explain those credit card charges as research. And then, like with any technology, there are the social ramifications. I’ll leave that to the psychologists and sociologists. Suffice it to say there is much to be experienced. I want to close with two quotes from the Mashable post. The first I feel shows the potential on the great #VR frontier even beyond the sexual context- “…two-way interactive synchronized sex toy pairing across continents.” Think about that for a moment. OK, the second deals with the “comfortable for some” rating we now see on #VR content in the #Samsung Gear VR Oculus Store– “…there was too much nausea reported from the testers. So now, everyone is lying down.”