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Old 10-11-2021, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by ozzieEagle View Post
I'd anticipate a place where you could watch Palace play on a hologram pitch, plus with the added bonus of your hologram or VR self-mixing and interacting with hologram support, say even with a few from on this BBS.... now that would be interesting. So I can see how we won't be going backwards if something like this does come to the fore.

I guess the bounderies are endless.
I think - but may be wrong - that the hologram thing is different. There are some amazing new ďsolidĒ light holograms being developed but itís really hard to make something thatís realistic and moves over a big space because of the projectors.

I think what you can anticipate though is VR-based esports. Right now people watch people playing video games. The metaverse will be a space where you can take that to a whole new level..

For example, imagine a game of tennis where each player was playing in VR. One player is in Melbourne and the other in Selhurst. They have VR treadmills to move, body trackers and haptic gloves to feel the ball on the racket. Using these they play something that pretty closely resembles a games of tennis.

This has a lot of implications. From the players point of view you can imagine various tweaks you can make to the game to make it more interesting. For example, say you think that tennis would be better with longer rallies and so you decide to give players the ability to extend their racket (or their arm) to have a longer reach to be able to get to more shots. You can build that in. Or say you want to have Williams play Nadal but even out the differences in physical strength so you just dial up Williamsí strength in the code.

From the spectators point of view, you can now watch where you like because although you can see yourself itís easy to just set you to invisible from the point of view of the players and other spectators. So you can watch the game from beside the court. Or you can sit in the middle of it. Or you can run around next to Nadal or Williams close up. Or you can hover 10 feet about the court.

I suspect the first thing weíll see are games that involve team combat of some sort. Imagine a sort of massive professional paintball tournament where spectators can wander round invisibly in the middle of it.

Now imagine people inventing whole new games that capitalise on the lack of constraints in a virtual space. Thereís already a big community of people around the world who play a sort of zero-gravity handball game in virtual space.

Right now what these games mean in real life is that you play sports that are primarily about moving your arms around but where you arenít using your legs (you are using your core because your head is tracked so you can twist around to duck or dodge). The big thing is you canít properly run yet. But itís coming close. Thereís a consumer grade device or two where you stand on a little circular platform and wear what are basically slippy shoes so that when you walk it translates into directional movement. Apparently once you get used to it you can walk around and even run in virtual space in a fairly decent way. And thatís where we are now. Tag on 5 or 10 years.

And then think beyond sports to concerts, learning, going and getting your driving licence, shopping.

Also this is just thinking about virtual reality where you are immersed in the virtual space. Thereís also augmented reality where that is overlaid on top of the real world. For example, imagine you go to the supermarket and you need some
mushy peas but donít know where they are. So you turn on your augmented reality glasses and say something like ďCortana, where are the mushy peas?Ē and a helpful young lady appears in front of you and says ďfollow meĒ and leads you there. Take off the glasses and she disappears. Put them on and there she is taking you to get your mushy peas.

What it can mean for how we live our lives - and how our kids will - is frankly mind blowing.

Now - the downsides - thatís a whole different discussion. Some aspects of this are frankly terrifying. If you think your privacy is eroded and every aspect of your identity monetised now, they havenít even got started.
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