A new Virtual Reality startup called 8i just raised $13.5 million in Series A. The company brings humans into virtual reality in amazing detail. The adult movie industry will take notice of this impressive technology.
I was involved in Virtual Reality 20 years ago. In principle, nothing has changed in today's new virtual reality technology, besides performance. Resolution and speed could though be the key that virtual reality is making it this time into the mainstream.
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Facebook's Oculus has already shown many impressive demos in different areas and will launch the Rift Virtual Reality system next year. On the low-end are smartphone solutions like Samsung's Gear VR that let consumers get a taste of Virtual Reality for under $100.
Drew Olanoff at TechCrunch reports about a hands-on "scary" encounter with humans in virtual reality at a startup called 8i. The company just raised a $13.5 million Series A round from a long list of investors that includes Samsung and Dolby.
8i enables content creators to create life-like 3D renderings of humans. Olanoff said: "There I stood, about a foot away from a mother and her newborn baby. The mother was talking to her daughter in a video captured in virtual reality for the child to see one day when she’s older. It was realistic. Almost scarily so. I was able to walk around a “room” and watch the mother speaking from every angle, including behind her. I’ve never seen that much human detail with a VR getup on my face. The really trippy part? The company shot followup footage a few weeks later and seeing the child “grow” with my own eyes was nuts."
This demo seems intentionally set as far as possible from the obvious main use of this technology - porn.
8i is though planning to open a studio in Los Angeles where content creators can make 8i virtual reality renderings for free. Los Angeles is where the adult movie industry is located. It is an old mantra that new technology only makes it when the adult industry is adopting it. Virtual Reality will be no exception. More than that, it is likely going to be the biggest thing in the adult movie industry ever.
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8i has released a series of demos of their technology that can be viewed online without a VR rig. Keep Drew Olanoff description of the experience in mind when watching the 3D renders here.