VR is the most orgasmic experience since the Macintosh (Robert Scoble)

Well, we all know that the geeky evangelist, and blogger Robert Scoble is a passionate man. Since years he’s traveling the globe, (on Rackspace’s dime) to go and find the newest platforms, apps and technologies. This journey has gotten us memorable pictures of Scoble using his Google Glass in his shower, and finding the man on about every stage, from Timbuktu to South Africa.

Leaving Rackspace

It hit the techspace as a bom, Robert Scoble is leaving Rackspace to take on a new challenge in a leading role with UploadVR. He is very excited, claiming at #sxsw that VR is actually the most orgasmic revolution that hit the tech industry since the introduction of the Apple Macintosh. VR is very much in the same line as the videos and blogging he’s always done , but he is convinced that augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR), combined with 360 movies and live streaming will dramatically chance the communications space.

The dreamy smile

Scoble points out that most of the test users of VR and AR have a “Holy shit, this is amazing”, dreamy smile on their face. “You realize this is mind-blowing,” he told the bloggers at his keynote: “I knew this was going to be industry shifting, utterly significant, and I wanted to be very deeply and personally involved in it.”

Shoot your own Tie fighters…

Teodora, our great @PNBR5 intern pointed me towards this great game. I am a great Star Wars fan (I still think Yoda’s fuzzy little green ears are kinda cute), and I am a big believer in the exciting possibilities of Augmented Reality. When two of my burning passions come together, I feel like a kid in a candy store…

If you now please will excuse me, I have to shoot some nasty Tie Fighters out of the Brussels skyline!


Date your Second Life girlfriend…

I know. You thought Second Life was dead. Let’s be honest: Who would be interested in avatars anyway? No money to make there… Well, think again. A virtual-life-savvy hotel resort on a sunny beach in Japan is making a fortune. In real money :-).

The concept is simple: the resort lets you spend a flower-scented romantic weekend with the virtual love of your digital life. Mind you, not the gorgeous long-legged girl that is operating your favorite manga avatar. Nope… a weekend with a virtual cartoon.  Hundreds of manga addicted, 3G sidekick packing men are visiting the resort to date… an avatar.    A Japanese beach town has found a new tourism niche by drawing young men and their virtual girlfriends. The Ohnoya hotel and the nearby town attract over 2,000 real visitors for this!

All over the resort, these men point their smartphones at AR codes -a two-dimensional barcode that looks like tiny black and white squares-. Thanks to “augmented reality” (AR) software, their fetish manga avatar appears on the screen overlay of their phone.

Last year, a Japanese man calling himself SAL9000 married his favorite cartoon beauty Nene Anegasaki in a tuxedo ceremony that was an incredible hit on YouTube.

Now obsessed young men hunt for scarce dressed manga girls all over the peaceful pacific Japanese coast to fulfill… well, I’m not exactly sure what ;-).

Like flying an Apache helicopter…

Witnessed a great keynote by metaio on augmented solutions. While until recently augmented reality seemed to be limited to very exotic and expensive equipment like the Apache helicopter or some Q-designed James Bond gadgets, it is soon coming to devices very very near you :-).

Augmented reality applications allow relevant information and exciting features to be overlaid on top of the visual reality. Usually this would be through a laptop or -even more handy-, a mobile phone.

Noora Guldemond from metaio demonstrated with skill (great presentation with utterly visual slides. Refreshing after some of the other death-by-Powerpoint I witnessed here @ #SXSW) how AR starts interacting in a compelling way with our increasingly mobile lifestyle.

AR tags trigger -once decoded by the devices camera- a plethora of information that is projected on top of the reality, making use of data more easy, or adding exciting possibilities. Creating visual interaction in both real and virtual worlds makes even dull every day products as a shoe into exciting high-tech game and content controllers.


Can’t wait to try more of this out! 😉

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