I spent a week in a VR headset, here’s what happened

I spent a week in a VR headset, here’s what happened


– Time at this point feels like a concept, only a number. Hi, for the next week, I’m
gonna be eating, sleeping, working, and playing in Virtual Reality. Starting now. So you may have heard
about Virtual Reality. It sort of looks like a giant toaster strapped to your head right now. But I truly believe this technology will change everything
about the way we operate. So I’m inquiring if
one can remain healthy, make new friends, be productive, and have fun in the matrix. Here’s how I’ll be doing it: I’ll shower like this, work like this, exercise like this, and sleep like this. Virtual Reality is like
standing in your living room and going to a new place. Pass-through is being in Virtual Reality but seeing a low-quality
image of your room. I can take five seconds
to switch headsets. I’ve also blacked out all my windows so I can’t see day or night pass. This is quite possibly the
dumbest thing I’ve ever done, but welcome to a week in the future. (ambient music) Day one has being trying to get used to my new schedule in Virtual Reality. Even the simple act of grabbing my coffee on the desk, is a little bit difficult. Oh, shoot, dang it! (laughs) I just spilled coffee. And after keeping it under
wraps for many weeks, I finally announced my experiment, and it was received with
criticism and encouragement. And having a 24/7 livestream, I’m not used to having
eyes on me all the time. But what I found was solitude, specifically in the African Savannah. This headset allows anyone to
create their own environment. If one is feeling stressed, they can load into a natural environment for 10 minutes and relax. If one is feeling energetic, they can expel energy in a fitness game. These are like the new rules to this reality I’ve thrown myself in. Everything is in the headset. (echoing roar) So sleeping last night was actually a lot more comfortable
than I thought it would be. I loaded up a Netflix app in the Oculus Go and I could basically
create a virtual theater as I drifted off to sleep. And now, I’m pretty much just
continuing what I normally do. Working out. Then eating breakfast, and going to work. I think we just hit the
hour, the 20 hour mark. Kggamer64 says, Love
what you’re doing here, but don’t you think the
challenge would be more effective if you couldn’t see the real world? In the future, I believe
Virtual and Augmented Reality will be one and the same, like you’ll have a pair
of very compact glasses, like Warby Parker glasses, and you’ll just be able to double tap and go into Virtual Reality and
you’ll be able to double tap and overlay Augmented
Reality onto your reality. So what I’m attempting to do here is just kind of simulate what I believe the future of VR and AR will be. So today, I’m attempting
to be a little more social. I’m jumping into an app called Altspace, which is like a social
media platform in VR. So people can create events
for basically anything. There’s movie screenings, concerts, and one that piques my
interest, is a meditation circle that happens every Thursday and Monday. – [Meditation Leader]
So my name is Jeremy, and I’m in Boulder, Colorado. – [Jak] Hey everyone, my name is Jak. I’m in Atlanta, Georgia. – [Phill] Hey, I’m Phill, from Germany. – [Jane] My name is Jane
and I’m from Massachusetts. – [Gabbi] Gabbi, I’m from
Canandaigua, New York. – [Jeremy] So let’s begin by
just slowly closing our eyes and taking three deep breaths. I instruct to take your breaths in through your nose and
out through your mouth. I want you to picture that you’re floating safely above the Earth, at about the distance of the
International Space Station, and you can see Earth
floating down below you – [Meditation Member] I
thought the Earth was flat. – [Jeremy] Please, please,
keep yourself muted, or we’re gonna have to move you out. Notice how fragile it looks, notice that you can’t see
any borders or boundaries. – [Jak] So there’s
something really interesting about being mindful in a room full of other people that are across the world. I mean, this technology
gives someone the chance to take a break from work for 15 minutes or join a party and watch a SpaceX launch, which is what I did today. – [Party Goer] Oh, yeah, look at that. – [Jak] (laughs) That’s cool. – [Party Goer] Dead center,
it’s like (inaudible) (ambient music) So I almost feel like I’m in my own 500 square foot spaceship,
and I’m really missing Earth, I’m missing nature. And now I wanna explore where
I can go in this spaceship. So some friends of mine are showing me some different worlds
in a game called VRChat. One minute, you can be
flying across space, and the next, you can be
talking about the implications of technology while
driving through a train. – [Gamer] The biggest concerns
I have for the future of VR are the implications of
privacy and connection. If every single movement of yours can be quantified and tracked and recorded for research, for marketing,
whatever, you know. Obviously, there are people who get really paranoid about this. I just come at it from the perspective of, you know, any new technology will inevitably be abused
by special interests. – [Jak] In terms of body, like
physical, I’m feeling fine. I was worried about my eyes yesterday, because I was feeling a slight burning, but after last night and sleeping, there’s no burning anymore, which is nice. So the monotony is kind of getting to me. I’ve been driving a train
for the past few hours. There’s also a movie screening
tonight, which should be fun. Time, at this point, feels
like a concept, only a number. Not seeing the sun set or rise, I’ve taken to games like
Skyrim to experience the night. Also, my virtual fish needs food. I had a restful sleep last night and woke up much later today, but I pulled out a small rowing machine, loaded up a beach environment, and rowed my thoughts away. I then calmed my mind
in the hills of China, and jumped into a virtual office to answer emails while the sun
rose above the horizon. The ability for VR to have the user at one point battling a dragon, and at the next, experiencing
a simulation of blindness. – [Simulation Narrator]
Sitting in the park with the children, I hear the footsteps of people walking past me. A panorama of music and information. – [Kid In Simulation] Daddy, daddy! – [Jak] VR is stepping into
the shoes of someone else, or driving a spaceship and talking with friends.
– [Friend] Okay, here’s my question Jak, how do
you pay for the incense? Was it with change or would
you say in cents? (laughs) – [Jak] So, there are these two developers in California that have created a robot that lives in their living room. – [Male Developer] That is so cool. – [Female Developer] You
can buy Gonzo treats, but it costs $5, so it’s a lot. But it’s for his health and safety. – [Jak] This is the most meta
thing I’ve ever experienced. I’m experiencing frequent déjà vus. I’m experiencing frequent déjà vus. It’s essentially like I’ve
momentary recognition, momentary points where I feel
like I’ve done here before. It’s all very strange, it’s
all very jumbled together. – [Woman] (inaudible) is
using whole ones, too. He has access to a wide range. – [Jak] I found it’s very easy to find your tribe, to make friends, to communicate with others through the virtual landscape. Where it’s no longer
through a digital window, no longer through a screen or a phone, but actually being there with them. And that to me, is what VR is. Connection. (overlapping voices) I now dream in Virtual Reality. I go through storylines, and see VR menus and situations. I then wake up still inside the headset. It’s a very strange experience. And what’s really
interesting about VR to me is that this is a completely
new medium for expression. You know, before, we would have a canvas, and we could have amazing painters. Picasso, Dali, and now
we have amazing artists that are now able to paint their dreams, paint their ideas into a 3D world. But hold up, before one can create, they must get inspiration,
and being in a headset, being bound to the digital, I have found no inspiration to create. So I’m going home to Mother Earth. Google Earth VR is one of the most amazing experiences in Virtual Reality. (inspirational music) And short of actually
smelling the air around me, I felt like I was standing outside. (jazz music) Imagine how much more
compelling learning will be when we have tools like this
for students across the world. The future is bright. – [Chris Milk] You lose
the ability to show people exactly what you want them to see, but you allow them to be within the world, and that’s really different than any other medium that we’ve had before. It is a medium of human experience. – [Rocky] You ready for this? Let’s get up, kid, get some training. – [Jak] This morning I trained
with the Italian Stallion. Boxed for the championship title. And won. I feel I’ve successfully
used this technology as an addition, rather than
an escape, from my life. I’m gonna hold which one I think. This guy, yes. And I wanna learn about the
future of creative technology with the next generation, so I’m calling up a
teacher here in Georgia. – [Carrie] I think what’s
interesting about game design is that it’s a computer science class. For me, my focus, I really
do want it to be on the creation side and the artistic pieces, because making games and making VR, it’s not just about the hard code. Like, there’s so many
skills that are involved. Things that they actually
wanna do and spend time on. So we’ll see. (indistinct chatter) – [Avatar In Black Shirt]
He’s not the first, he’s not gonna be the last. – [Commentator] He probably
doesn’t have eyeballs anymore because they’ve melted. – [Jak] I am ready to
get out of this headset. For the last 8 hours, I’m jumping in one of
the most boring VR games. – [Penn Jillette] Desert Bus. 360 miles from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada. 45 miles per hour, maximum speed. It takes 8 hours to drive
it, if you do it right, and there’s a little bit
of a pull to the right. It’s not glamorous, it’s not pretty, it’s not exciting, it’s real. (overlapping chatter) – [Jak] Oh no, it crashed! – [Friend] Please, tell me you’re kidding. – [Jak] (yawns) No, I’m not kidding. – [Friend] It’s about the
journey, not the destination. – [Jak] Virtual Reality is a way to escape. Virtual Reality is a tool
for productivity, no. (synth pop music) – (laughs) Oh, my gosh, the
graphics, they’re so good. (exhales) Slight dizziness, like disorientation. It’s like my eyes are
trying to catch up with 60 FPS or 90 FPS,
whatever FPS real life is. I have never appreciated the
smell of outside air so much. One thing we cannot replicate is nature. We can do it visually and auditorily, but there’s something about the energy of outside and that is amazing. Seeing people outside, people seem almost like NPCs, or not even that, people almost seem like multiplayer characters. I’m viewing people differently, like as individuals in one collection, one environment, as avatars. Obviously, they’re not, they’re people, but that’s what it feels like.

100 thoughts on “I spent a week in a VR headset, here’s what happened”

  1. I done the same thing but when I took it or I thought I was still in vr because it wasn’t windy I could still feel the goggles
    Who knows maybe this is vr and we gotten so used to it we developed a great earth

  2. "I thought the earth was flat."

    Ohh, right. VR people are the same stupid people of real life. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. I thought this was going be goofy and dumb, click-baity. But it was actually really insightful. How technology can both be connecting and alienating the world around us.

  4. Damn, I was here to watch what you would do, now I'm reflecting on my life. Thanks for the philosophical questions man.

  5. Well in the near future if die in the matrix you die in real life except for those people who are already plugged in. Apparently they never die.

  6. Yes…let's forget and be slobbering idiots….if ur (not u personally)life is that bad ppl need to do this all the time, then get out and do stuff. Lol dont get me wrong, it's cool but maybe an hr per day..its still a "game"

  7. Another way for humans to escape the real world.Im 37,i grew up before all gadgets we have now and trust me,life aint that bad,quit daydreaming,because thats what this all is

  8. KidDrawsAnime&Manga

    I Felt so interested and relaxed when i saw everthing until…

    somebody said: I thought the eath was flat XD lmfao

  9. Oh cool, you view people now how those who grew up playing games see the world.

    Except we also see "Press square to pull" on some door handles every once in a while. And when we eat, we hear the sounds we like from games eating noises, like minecraft.

    And if we stub a toe, mortal kombat xray vision kicks in. Lol

  10. Virtual reality will probably be entirely replaced by augmented reality glasses that allows you to switch between VR and AR on command. Likely by making the lenses completely opaque when in VR mode

  11. O&O profielwerkstuk

    I may gonna sound old for saying this but I never gonna stop loving to see and being in the real nature and Actually going somewhere..

  12. We don't see frames per second, Disrupt. It's a constant stream of data from the eyes to the brain. If you wanted to try and quantify it though it'd likely be in the thousands+ FPS. Much like I can see and feel the difference between 144hz and 240hz, we might more drastically notice less difference around 500hz. Of course people vary and some seemingly process said data slower and may not perceive the same data as fast as another which is likely why we also have to deal with the great FPS debate as much as we do.

  13. Vr is only relevant to those who can't do these things naturally that others can… If I need adrenaline I ride my enduro through first 90mph inches away from trees… if I need love theres plenty of disgusting places… if I need freedom or to explore go do it! Not enough money? Then you have no will or motivation this will create even weaker people who arnt strong now you can do all this for real if you choose or choose the fake its your choice I had a child I know those feelings in have robot friends across like nerds… always computing. Have fighters always wanting a fight but dont at same time.. this is not the answer to our future take the step move in real life…. people are scared to give there city or talk on a mic now when that was so awesome when it came!! I give my home address why not? I have my defense against the psychos in this world… as far as Google the realities are real but fake we gave to resources to make it real for all…. it's for the ones who are scared to do it in real life that's VR besides actually proper training. imo

  14. This is why the Matrix introduced pain and misery. Without it your mind knows it's a dream, and eventually a dream has to end. The urge to take off the headset after the first few hours must have been immense.

  15. Most of the public doesn't use the internet wisely now, this would make it even worse, which in turn will lead to stupid laws controlling everything thing you do and say! I like how he thinks it's gonna be some utopian VR land instead of a bunch of advertising and god forbid "cyberbullying " 2.0. Oh yea and 99% of vr becomes porn…lol

  16. Could You put cameras on a VR headset? So that You can see the real world inside the headset, then also put overlays, and then boom, AR

  17. Chet faliszek can suck a fat one nobody cares about his stupid entitled opinion. Good on you for doing this you're so much better than the people who criticise simply because they can't.

  18. HetaliaRussiaFan 01

    VR is great but i think i would preffer the real world any day even though the real world can be a lil s**t hole sometimes.

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