When, oh when, will we be able to walk into Best Buy and purchase a Holodeck appliance for our home? I don't want to wear a set of heavy goggles for my virtual reality (VR) experience. No gloves. Just walk into the appliance and the show starts. Unfortunately, we're still in the developmental process. Fox Home Entertainment is beginning to test VR tech aimed at 25 million viewers.
Clunky, huh? Oculus Rift is one of the players developing a 3D full immersion headset. This is not what we VR fans are eagerly awaiting, but it will have to do. Even this headset is still in the developmental process. It pairs, I believe, with a Samsung Note 4. The headset and the 3D VR software are still in Beta.
So, as you can see, this stuff is still in its infancy.
The Holodeck will be built and marketed. The demand exists. Ant farms of tech workers all over the world are engaged in developing every facet of the tech, although the effort does not seem to be coordinated... which is a good thing. Some projects will produce a tiny bit of useable tech... most won't. Many wrong roads will be taken.
If you are an entrepreneur with a strong understanding of tech, the VR world should interest you.
The initial markets will be porn, gaming and virtual playgrounds. Porn will be the dramatic money maker, as more and more people look for that simulated sexual experience. Sexbots and online mating in the virtual world await us. How will real humans compare to our imaginations? Gaming will continue to appeal to testosterone crazed males from early adoescence until delayed marriage at 35.
The world of virtual play acting is probably the most difficult to bring to market. Be anything or anybody you want to be in a simulated world that seems like a reality.
The Holodeck. It's coming. I hope I'm here to witness its full implementation.