Several months ago, tech guru Katie Linendoll told Gregg Giannotti and Brian Jones that Virtual Reality would be the next big tech craze. Well, given the number of VR products on sale right now, it appears she was right.
“I am fascinated by Virtual Reality,” Linendoll said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “It’s one of my favorite conversations. I actually help work in a lab out in L.A. that does VR, and I’ve been following it since its infancy. The first time I got in a seat and experienced the whole immersive environment, I was training on a Navy ship. I think I told you this story before, but it was so intense that I didn’t know when to pop in and pop out, and I literally forgot that I had a whole camera crew filming me. And it was so intense that I got motion sick. I felt like I was on this Navy ship and really in the middle of the ocean. So from that moment, I knew it was going to be over the top (and) insane.”
Since then, Linendoll has gone underwater diving with whales and been in a Cirque du Soleil show.
“The actors come up to you and your heart’s pounding because they’re so mysterious and weird,” she said. “You feel like you’re in the show.”
There’s also a Virtual Reality experience in which you go to the top of a building and have to decide whether to jump off or not.
“How much if your fear factor?” Linendoll said. “It is so compelling.”
As mentioned previously, Linendoll takes VR equipment to pediatric hospitals to offer a fun outlet for children receiving radiation or chemotherapy.
There are also countless people who might decide to take up a new activity because of a particular (VR) outdoor experience. But is that necessarily a good thing, Giannotti asked. After all, do we want a 450-pound couch potato scaling Mount Kilimanjaro because it looked fun while wearing a headset?
“Let’s start small,” Linendoll said, laughing. “Let’s start small.”