When we walked into the Virtual Reality Expo the first thing we saw was Jaunt. Rene and I went over and talked to one of the assistants helping with the demo and after a few minutes we both walked to open chairs and started the experience. This was the first time I had ever put on a VR headset, so this was all new to me.
I was told that I may experience a few of the videos they were demoing, and after I getting set up with my headset and earphones I was suddenly on a mountain. I heard someone talking and I turned to where that sound was coming from and there they were, this is where ambisonics sound comes in. Ambisonics sound is what tells you exactly where something is around you. If something is behind you or the to the side of you, you’ll hear it the exact same way you would walking around on a crowded street. The rest of the demo I was watching people base jump and hike and I even saw someone free climbing a wall, which was really scary when he fell but luckily he was on a safety rope. Rene experienced a Paul McCartney concert and said not only did he have great seats up front, the view kept changing. Once minutes he was front row, the next he was on stage and the next he was in the crowd and the best part of both of our experiences was that the view was 360. At any time, no matter what we were doing or looking at, we could turn our heads in around to any direction and see something just like we were there.
The possibilities of what this could do for someone who maybe has a phobia or wants to go see a concert, but is in another state are endless. The great thing is that this is already out and available for you to experience. If you have an Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard then go here to download the free content.