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Trends With Benefits


Mar 11, 2016

On this episode we discuss Live Virtual Reality, social VR, Amazon space adventures & the advent of Cyborgs.

We start off with a discussion regarding the onset of live Virtual Reality programming. Fox Sports announced this week that they would be broadcasting the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament in VR, via the NextVR app. We tried it and it is an entirely new experience in viewing sports. While it is a little odd "sitting" next to people at a game who may not know you are watching, it's definitely a unique viewpoint. 

However, outside of live sports programming, what other kinds of programs would be enhanced with Virtual Reality? Is there any kind of live program that would be a tipping point for you to purchase a system? Let us know in the comments below. 

So far, one of the drawbacks of consuming VR content, is that it is mainly a solitary activity. Sure it's nice if you're sitting alone on a couch but no one wants to be "that person" in a group setting. Oculus announced this week that they are introducing more ways to increase the social aspect of Samsung Gear VR users. In addition to a search function to find friends, you can now interact with each other via a select number of games.

Amazon may have tipped their hand regarding their own VR aspirations, via a job advertisement on Glass Door. It's not cheap to create this sort of content, but they certainly have the deep pockets to make a run at it. Could this be the way they attempt to beat out Hulu and Netflix, in original content?

Not only is Amazon moving into VR, they now want to take you to space! Jeff Bezos announced that Blue Origin hopes to be launching manned space missions as early as 2017. The goal is to get to a point where they are sending up 100 suborbital flights a year, via their reusable New Shepard rocket.

Finally, we talk about a topic that sounds like it could come straight from the ramblings of your favorite conspiracy theory friend. The difference is that this is from an actual interview given by the US Military's own Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Per CNN's article, they plan to "open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics".

The bottom line is that they plan to make Cyborgs a reality. Admittedly there is a lot of good that could come from this, especially for anyone who has a disability. On the other side, it could be a real-life take on a Terminator origin story.

 

Today's episode features Rick Stella, Drew Prindle, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

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