Last year, a friend of mine invited me over to experience VR (virtual reality) for the first time. I must admit I wasn’t all that excited about it. However, from the moment I put on the headset and my friend turned it on, I was sold.
The best way I can describe it – amazing.
I went swimming in the deep, fixed machines with my robotic arms, climbed a mountain and shot down enemy robots. While the room I wasn’t much bigger than 20 by 20, in VR it felt like I was in an arena.
Just one problem. It required a high-end computer to run it. My friend’s set-up cost him a total of $3700. That quite a chunk of change for a gaming system. Nevertheless, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I only wished my wife and son had had a chance to experience it.
Fast forward to this May and Facebook released the Oculus Quest for $400. But what separated this from all previous VR models was no wires and no computer. An all-in-one headset for almost one-tenth of what my friend paid. I immediately placed an order once it became available.
I’ve been using it for the past few weeks now, and let me tell you – it’s a game-changer.
My son was blown away by it. A few clients who had little interest in VR were impressed. Most importantly, my wife, who hates video games with a passion, tried Beat Saber the other night and was as enthralled as I was with it.
VR isn’t just about shooting enemies or flying airplanes, it’s an experience. It isn’t hard to work up a sweat playing Beat Saber or Creed (boxing game) but if that’s not your thing, then maybe try the relaxing Nature Treks. Or perhaps you’d prefer the educational Ann Frank House. And for those artists out there, there’s Google’s incredible Tilt Brush which allows you to draw in 3D.
The Oculus Quest has only been out for less than two months and there’s something for everyone, but there’s more on the way.
So why am I, a time management consultant, suggesting people pick up a potentially addictive device? Because I see its potential.
It’s a fabulous way for people to lose a little weight or at least enjoy exercise. You’re able to explore far off places without ever having to step on a plane. And then there are games.
I have no doubt that in a few short years, it’ll be used to educate doctors, chefs, and mechanics. They’ll be able to use VR to hone their skills all from the comfort of their own living room.
I remember my mentor, Jim Rohn, saying that “Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.” I wholeheartedly agree and I want to be able to give my family as many wonderful experiences as I can, and VR certainly qualifies. I honestly can’t wait to see what will come out next.
I’d like tip my hat to Facebook. They’ve succeeded in creating a quality product that is nothing short of incredible, at a very reasonable price. My client said this after trying VR at my office, “Once you try VR, your whole world will change.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
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