Could you die in the virtual world, and still survive in the real one? Nigel Pereira finds out what awaits you on the other side
To begin this story we demand beginning to explain that a light novel is different from a novel or a graphic novel or a comic, and no this isn’t clickbait, the killer VR headset is 100% real, humor us for a infinitesimal. Low-cal novels are usually Japanese, have shorter stories, and are well-nigh 100 pages long, and while they do include some illustrations they’re more than of an additional feature unlike comics or graphic novels that tell an unabridged story through illustrations..
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Sword Art Online, or SAO, is one such ‘calorie-free novel’ written past Kawahara Reki and illustrated by abec. It has since been adapted into multiple anime and manga series for television also as multiple gaming adaptations. Only how is any of this related to killer VR tech.
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Full Swoop or Deep Dive VR is a virtual feel that is hypothetically even better than the real globe. The only comparison we can make right now would be to a dream in which you are aware that you are dreaming.
That’south right, total dive implies you dive headfirst into a virtual world completely asunder from your surround. While the term Full Dive was coined by Kawahara Reki in his light novel, the concept can be seen in a number of movies and shows including
The Matrix, Avatar, Gear up Player I, and fifty-fifty
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What’southward interesting is that SAO was written in 2012 depicting a futurity 10 years ahead which is exactly where we are now in 2022. The story revolves around a Full Dive game released in 2022 and while in existent life we are withal a long way off from that, we take made a ton of progress in the field of Virtual Reality.
In SAO, the gamers clothing a headset called NerveGear, which, unlike regular VR headsets that are made for sights and sounds, tin augment all five human senses to requite a complete real-earth experience.
The half that kills you
Spoiler alert, i of the major features of the SAO game is that while yous are in Full Dive style, expiry in the game means expiry in existent life, pretty much like
While we haven’t yet figured out how to “alive” in the game, Palmer Luckey founder of Oculus VR has figured out the dying part. To quote Palmer Luckey, “the bad news is that and so far, I have only figured out the half that kills y'all,” he as well adds that his latest invention is the “first non-fiction example of a VR device that tin can actually kill the user.”
The killer headset is called the OQPNVG and was revealed on the same day equally the in-person SAO event on Nov 6th in commemoration of SAO’s history. Spoiler alert again, dissimilar the microwave emitter that kills yous on the fictional NerveGear headset, OQPNVG uses three explosive charges mounted on the headset to blow your brains out.
While Palmer Luckey sold Oculus VR to Facebook (now Meta) in 2014, he has since founded Anduril which makes weapons for the US military. Some speculate this is why he can legally brand an exploding VR Headset.
The Other Half
While we may be a long way off from a full dive feel in 2022, there is still a lot to celebrate in the world of VR. Neuralink, founded by none other than Elon Musk himself, is a brain interface technology firm that claims to be working on the solution for full dive simply from a unlike angle.
Unlike most firms that are going the VR style, Musk doesn’t meet a time to come in VR headsets or even the multiverse for that matter, stating “I don’t come across someone strapping a friggin’ screen to their face up all day.” Instead, Neuralink is all most getting the human encephalon to communicate directly with computers.
Similarly, NextMind founded by Sid Kouider in 2017 provides users with a headset featuring a encephalon-figurer interface (BCI) that decodes neural activity in real-time, assuasive you to control in-game virtual objects with your heed. Some other forerunner in the field is Varjo that non only makes cut-edge VR headsets but has also recently partnered with OpenBCI, a Brooklyn-based neurotech firm.
The goal of this partnership is to integrate next-generation BCI technology with caput-mounted displays and co-ordinate to the firm, the new platform will simultaneously receive signals from a user’southward heart, skin, muscles, eyes, and brain.
The fifth dimension
While nosotros have already explored near 95 per cent of Earth’s mural, full dive is a new dimension and the first person to go in will probably be remembered the way Neil Armstrong is.
No one in our history has ever been able to dive into a virtual surround and live, exhale, touch, and sense of taste things there.
While we can only promise it happens in our lifetime, let’southward hope they continue the dying bit out of the game and focus on getting u.s.a. to the living bit equally soon every bit possible.