The Year was 1992 and "The Lawnmower Man" was doing fairly well at the box office (considering its meager budget). "Johnny Mnemonic" and "Virtuosity" followed in 1995 and the world seemed poised for the futuristic wave of fantastic gaming, architecture, science and countless other applications that Virtual Reality had been promising to enhance for us. Unfortunately, it just never happened. That wave of VR crashed mostly because the hardware, back then, wasn't up to the task. For those of us that remember, VR of the 90's just didn't work as good as the Hollywood SFX teams made it look. Not even close.
....But it does now!
In fact, VR scenes from "The Lawnmower Man" (SFX) look pretty old-school now compared to actual Virtual Reality images. Here in 2016, we are currently living on the edge ....right at the very precipice of an unprecedented shock wave in Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality (AR) that is going to sweep around the planet and take everyone along for the ride. We, at Digital Lair, plan on being one of the leaders in this wave.
Ironically, 1992 was also the year that Palmer Luckey was born. You know, the 24-year-old wiz kid who founded Oculus VR and created the Oculus Rift. Oculus started the current avalanche of hype and tech advancements, but there are quite a few other awesome players now, too. Game-changers, as it were. Perhaps you've heard of some of them: HTC, Sony Playstation, Samsung, Facebook (purchased Oculus for $2B), Alibaba, Google and the list goes on. (And check out Magic Leap if you haven't yet).
Yep, this time VR is great and it's here to stay. And this time its close cousin AR is coming along for the ride. The tech is solid, the software is getting there and the limits aren't even a glimmer on the horizon. Step aboard folks, it's going to be a grand ride!
Something Big Is Coming.