Thank Grog It’s Firday!
It funny how fast trends and fads come and go in this age of “instant gratification.” The whole “3-D Virtual Reality” thing had a HUGE buzz right around Christmas (go figure)…and we’ve hardly heard a word about it since.
From the first patter of excitement about Oculus Rift and a huge variety of competing headsets (starting in 2012) , if you believed the hype, we were all supposed to be walking around experiencing virtual reality, overlayed with our own real-reality, by now. So, what’s the hold up? Reality.
The units are huge…uncomfortable…and in many, many cases, make the wearer nauseous. Add to this the recent “diversion of attention” by the Oculus parent company, Facebook, and you see why delays may be understandable. Go figure.
But, that doesn’t stop people from doing cheap knockoffs. I got some of the AEOSTYLE 3-d goggles this Christmas…where you put your phone into the slot, and then watch virtual reality tours of places you have never been…nor likely would go. It is fun. I get it. But, it doesn’t really represent a reality in which I would like to participate!
But, the same fad was hot in the early days of TSTO! Building 3-D out of 2-D was huge! People would spend hours “faking out the landscape” to create depth, dimension, and unique designs, with tiny bits and pieces that were re-purposed.
There are still some pretty cool artifacts around my Neighbor’s Towns…I found some to share...No 3-D Goggles required!