Meet Renee: a super rad mom, event coordinator and lover of her children.
Introducing her to virtual reality was a blast. Mom isn't the most tech savvy individual in the world, so it took her a while to figure out how to be a part of the virtual world. Her first experience was a cool Converse app called In their Chucks - A 360° Experience I found that has little snippets of 360° videos. She watched 'King Tuff: Step into the psychedelic mind of musician King Tuff.' She loved this one. She enjoyed being able to look at things as she pleased and really liked the magical element to the video.
Next up, we took her to InMind VR, a game that immerses you in the human mind. It took her a long time to figure out how to play; she didn't feel like the rules or guidelines were very intuitive. "It’d be nice if the instructions were audio because right in the front it said turn your head forward to start, but how long did it take for me to figure that out?" said Renee after completing her first level. "My performance was outstanding but I only got two stars? That’s not outstanding!"
"For me personally," Renee reflected after experiencing the two VR apps, "I would like meditative experiences. Walking on the beach, walking in forests, hiking places where I am never going to hike, or going through a castle. Being able to experience travel that maybe I will never be able to experience. To be able to walk the streets of Italy or go through the MET. Have a tour guide through The Sistine Chapel and to be able to focus in on something and get history on it and take it at my own pace. I think that’d be cool. I mean the reality is, people get addicted to gaming because there is a challenge to it, but that’s not necessarily what I enjoy or like. I like to have real experiences." She closed out by saying she feels like 360° videos and other immersive mediums of virtual reality could offer her experiences she couldn't otherwise have, and that's exciting to her!
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