A Whole New World

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There are only a handful of times in my life when I’ve been stunned by technology. One of them was in December 1979 when I had access to a personal computer, the Commodore PET. Another was when I went to see Pixar’s first movie, Toy Story, in a theatre. The most recent was this weekend, when my HTC VIVE – Virtual Reality System arrived.

I honestly expected to buy this, try it for a few hours, and return it. I was just curious since, due to my product House Safari, I am always on the looking for interesting new technologies that might have something to do with house hunting or real estate. When Google Earth VR was announced just a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to try it.

So it arrived, I had my son set it up, and it wasn’t long before the entire family jumped right in.

This is nothing………..nothing……….like any other VR systems you might have tried (which for most of you is a figure probably equal to zero since, let’s face it, this is a very new realm). It is totally immersive and astonishing.

What’s a little surprising is that as cool and amazing as the VR Earth is (and, honestly, it’s almost beyond belief), I’ve been far more taken with their drawing program, Tilt Brush. Although I’m a chartist, I am not an artist. I can hardly draw a stick figure. So, except for my endless addiction to Bob Ross, art is not a part of my life. But this program is not just beyond belief, it is beyond beyond belief.

Here’s another clip showing some actual artists……

Suffice it to say I’m not returning these goggles. On the contrary, we’ve ordered up a new computer just to dedicate to this purpose, and one of the rooms in the house we’ve christened as The Holodeck. If you’re into technology, or if you want to blow the socks off someone for Christmas, get these goggles. Now all I need to do is figure out a way to bring stock charts into VR, because, as I’ve hinted, the world of stock charting is about to get a lot darker and colder in a few months.

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