We had a booth at the CVR 2016 this year, the first international conference and exhibition of virtual reality for consumers. It was a great experience, we had a lot of fun and got to talk to a lot of people. Some visitors to our booth put us on the spot with some very good questions, which ended up being very beneficial for us.
One thing we have really come to acknowledge is the need to shun elitism in VR technology. High-end VR is great, there is a lot of innovation out there, but considering mobile VR inadequate would be simply counter-productive.
I have followed the development of VR with intense fervor, and I have a lot of reverence for the smart people who are at the edge of things developing mind-melting immersive video games. Meanwhile I'm also really proud of Tourly for providing a practical solution with VR, bringing it to the mass consumers. Ultimately technology is meant to make lives better, and it needs to be accessible for the average user in order to make an actual impact.
With that purpose in mind, we have opted for maximum comfort, reducing movement to minimize motion sickness resulting from any incongruence between the absence of actual kinetic movement vs. perceived movement. We did demos none-stop for nearly nine hours during the CVR, with each demo ranging between 3 to 6 minutes. We are happy to say that there has been no reports of significant discomfort.
Most people enjoyed the Tourly experience while we still used the cardboard headset, but a certain segment of the population more prone to VR sickness was not faring so well. Our switch from the cardboard headset to the Samsung Gear VR was a good choice in hind sight, because the external accelerometers and gyroscope combined with the delegation of resources to the phone's graphic processor made sure we got high frame rate and low latency all the time. Combined with the removal of all virtual motion, there is now little to no discomfort.
For VR to reach the masses, it cannot turn people off. It cannot be uncomfortable to use, and it must be accessible. Technology isn’t here to intimidate, it’s here to help. With Tourly now in beta testing with brokerages across Canada, we are excited to hear the feedback and refine our next steps.