Home Virtual Reality’s Problem: It’s the Headset, Stupid

A few weeks ago, I piloted an F18 Hornet fighter jet off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. John C. Stennis. I gently cruised above the coast of the Dubai, dipping down as low as 5,000 feet to buzz the palm tree-shaped artificial island groups jutting out into the Arabia Gulf. Except I wasn’t in an actual F18 Hornet cockpit or in the Arabian Sea. I was ensconced in a replica of an F18 Hornet cockpit at the Light VR Cinema, PlayLab and Studio on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, wearing a professional Vrgineer XTAL VR mixed reality headset.

The F18 flight experience was compelling, both exhilarating and calming at the same time. I’ve been in the actual real-life cockpit of both a blimp and a helicopter in flight, and this virtual flying experience felt close to those physical realities, vividly illustrating the power of Virtual Reality (VR).

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About Stewart Wolpin

I have been writing about consumer electronics for four decades, including news, reviews, analysis and history for a wide variety of consumer, niche and trade outlets. For the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), I annually update the industry's history and write the official biographies of the CTA Hall of Fame inductees. Aside from writing about consumer technology for a variety of consumer, tech and trade publications, I write a blog and do market research for Digital Technology Consulting. In the non-tech world, I have written "Bums No More: The Championship Season of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers" and "The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle." Check out my work at www.stewartwolpin.com.
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