Hollywood is doing its best to figure out virtual reality, often with less than compelling results.
But a small group of VR producers at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival have successfully innovated their way through experimental territory that big studios have not yet dared to tread, using physical objects and even live actors in their experiences.
Let’s start with the very cool and end with the absolutely mind-blowing.
Blackout is an attempt to give all big city commuters the super powers they’ve always wanted: the power to read the minds of your fellow riders. Using gaze-based tracking, the experience allows you to walk through the subway car and, when you stop and stare at a particular person (a real person who has been captured volumetrically), that person’s inner monologue begins playing in your ears, delivering a kind of telepathic eavesdropping effect. Read more…