The pioneer of VR

Virtual Reality Owes a Lot to the Air Guitar

Legend has it virtual reality started as a way to make a really good air guitar. “Absolutely. Hell yes. Hell yes. Exactly,” virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier told me with characteristic good-natured enthusiasm when I asked if there’s truth to this anecdote. “I know this sounds incredible,” Lanier said in a phone call Sunday, “but the very first app we ever made on any of the original virtual reality equipment—which included the first gloves for interaction—was to play virtual musical instruments in the air.” “The very first virtual world I made was a musical one,” he continued. “The very first demo that shipped with a commercial VR system was virtual musical instruments.” ….[READ]

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