Saturday, April 5, 2014

Virtual Reality Blues

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William Wei, Business Insider
Mark Zuckerburg on his latest purchase, Oculus, goggles that immerse video game players in virtual reality, as reported in Business Insider
"After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home."
And an April Fool's Day post in The Guardian on InstaWindows for refurbishing England's public housing:
 "If you're addicted to adding filters to your Instagram snaps, and wish you could always see the world in grainy high contrast or with that sun-kissed glow, help may be at hand. As part of the government's Happy Homes initiative, which will see swathes of ailing council blocks retrofitted with colourful cladding panels and wood-effect flooring over the next five years, tenants will also be given the chance to transform their windows with the application of a tinted filter."
"'The Instawindow is designed to transform even the bleakest views of post-industrial wastelands into picture-postcard visions that you'll be dying to share with your friends,' says Daisy Faropoll, head of brand at Happy Homes. 'Whether you prefer that permanent sunset look, or like your colours super-saturated, our range of filters caters to every mood. And with an easy-peel backing, you can keep mixing it up and curate your own personalised viewscape each day.' "
As always, parody and reality are never far apart.
Permanent sunset … The window filters are designed to transform even the bleakest prospects into 'picture-postcard views you'll be dying to share with your friends'
The Guardian

Post edited April 11, 2014

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