Immerse at Sundance

Virtual Reality Has Arrived, With Japanese Robots and Space Painting

Last year, I spent a lot of time wandering the New Frontiers exhibition at the Sundance Film Festival, strapping on headsets and briefly stepping into mostly unfinished virtual worlds. A few were impressive, or at least intriguing, but it didn’t quite feel like I was getting an early look at the Next Big Thing in entertainment, as virtual reality has been billed as for years now. On Saturday, I finally saw two projects that seemed to me like real steps towards realizing virtual reality’s potential. First up was a 40-minute comedy called Miyubi, a collaboration between Felix & Paul Studios and Funny or Die; I watched on a Samsung VR headset that was powered by Oculus. ….[READ]