VR and the Olympics

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about how literature, visual and performing arts lead the world in scientific exploration. This is especially true in the world of film where authors, screenwriters, technical crews, gamers and VX editors collaborate to create new inventions in futuristic worlds for no other purpose than for the public’s enjoyment. My statement keeps getting validated as I comb the Internet for our next truly amazing scientific discoveries. Take for instance the cutting edge Virtual Reality experience that was introduced in the movie The Hackers produced in 1995 when the Internet was unfamiliar to the general public, and Virtual Reality was a crazy, wild idea.

Maybe crazy, and wild, but not as impossible as one might suppose. Look what’s going on with 2018 Olympics…

“In order to innovate the way that fans experience sports, NBC has partnered with Intel to produce VR coverage of 30 events: downhill skiing, halfpipe snowboarding, figure skating, and of course the Opening and Closing ceremonies. About half of those events will be broadcasted live. VR users can customize their experience with access to leaderboards and the ability to choose which camera angle they would like to view their favorite event from thanks to Intel’s True VR camera technology which consists of twelve 4K resolution VR cameras. For example, viewers will be able to choose what side of the mountain they want to be on for skiing events, or if they want to be at the top or bottom of the halfpipe when they watch their favorite athlete begin their run. Aside from getting a front row seat to several events, VR users will be able to enter and leave the Opening and Closing Ceremonies with the athletes themselves providing a full-blown immersive experience.” –read more at Pixvana news

Can you imagine? Ski the slopes and compete in the Olympics in the safety of your own home! How fun! The Hackers with it’s virtual reality gaming planted a seed and now look how technology is nurturing that seed.

This is story material and the stories that come from it will be a pathway to the next discoveries.

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