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Monday, August 11, 2014


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Inara Pey

The BBC here in the UK has already achieved the world's first VR-based transmission of a sporting event.

I covered the work here: How the BBC achieved a world’s first in live event VR streaming

The work was only an initial foray into the potential of using VR, as a part of a whole slew of Internet-based broadcasting the "Beeb" is looking at.

Further work is going to be carried out using VR with one of the BBC's popular nature series ("Springwatch") in 2015, and there are even mutterings of them including VR as a part of their coverage of the 2016 Olympics.


Now we are on some solid ground about a killer app for VR rigs. I really enjoy live music, but too often the venues are far from me and the main act at a club starts playing at, say, 10pm.

I'd love to be able to experience the event, from home, with my choice of beverage, the sound set to "less than deafening," and no chance of a DUI.

SL delivered a simulation of the experience and, when lag permitted, a pretty good experience. But seeing Suzanne Vega's avatar is not quite the same as being virtually present at a RL concert by her in a distant town, for the price of a ticket.

Arcadia Codesmith

I think it's a good starting place. And the lines between "virtual" and "real" are already blurry. I'm not a big sports fan, but I am a big graphics fan, so I'm bemused when I see things like a... whatchamacallit, first down line or whatever... imposed on a football field like it was painted there.

I do want fully immersive and interactive game environments, but I'm perfectly happy to start with watching the Battle of Helm's Deep or the Avenger's defense of Manhattan from the POV of someone in the middle of the action.


Sounds like you're imagining *this* endgame.


Take a seat in your stem chair...

Arcadia Codesmith

Personally, I'd prefer an interface that would give my tired old body a workout while I wander through the virtual wonderland. Bonus points if it actually improves my modest real-life fencing skills (because you never know when rapiers will be back in vogue and a lady should always be prepared).

Would it be preferable to travel to Spain and study with a wizened master of the art? Perhaps. I will report back when I have the means and technology to make a fair comparison (i.e. never).

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