Yesterday I had such a mind-boggling experience that I just have to share it with you guys. I experienced virtual reality for the first time at the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival and it was amazing. My boss got us tickets, so yes, this was just a normal working day for me 😉
First we visited the Tech Cube in the gorgeous Assembly Rooms venue with several different stations where you can try the latest technology gadgets – an interactive playground in other words.
It’s basically a room with lots of people wearing massive goggles with a Samsung phone attached to them…This is me trying to take a selfie without seeing what I was doing.
One of the coolest events was the Google tilt brush where you paint in 3D – basically in the air surrounded by the environment of your choice, e.g. space. And the coolest thing is that you can then walk through what you’ve painted! Very difficult to explain haha. It doesn’t really look like much from the outside, but that’s because the magic is happening in virtual reality!
Another cool yet terrifying thing was this station where you’re face to face with an evil robot once you put your headset on. A robot that ends up slaughtering you…I was moving around so much (obviously trying to get away from the robot-monster!) that one of the staff came and asked me if I’m ok and if I want to stop! Hell no, I was just about to get murdered for the first time! The girl just told me to hold on to the desk so I don’t lose my balance haha.
I also got to do a one hour session in the awesome Virtual Reality Studio. This room got filled with people sitting on those cubes wearing Samsung Gear VR headsets and headphones, browsing a selection of short films. In one hour I had climbed up to the highest point of the World Trade Centre, been in space with Michael Fassbender and a bunch of other actors, been in the middle of a shattered Aleppo, been on the beach welcoming Syrian refugees, swam with dolphins, dived with humpback whales, been inside a UK detention centre and more! It’s 360 degrees so it’s all happening around you and you need to keep looking up and down and to the sides to catch everything – just like you would be in the film yourself. It really makes everything seem so much more real and intense, and it was sooo nice to just be all by myself in my own little bubble for a full hour! After an hour the headset was feeling pretty heavy and uncomfortable and I could feel a headache looming, so I can see why they’re doing one hour sessions.
If you’re in Edinburgh, get yourself down to the Assembly Rooms on George Street and get ready to get your mind blown! Unless you’ve tried it already??
x Nina x