SpOT­light

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - FRONT -

It’s hands-free There’s a huge range of ap­pli­ca­tions for vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) tech­nol­ogy – from gam­ing to ar­chi­tec­tural mod­el­ling, sur­gi­cal train­ing, and even treat­ing PTSD. Then there’s erot­ica. At Sexpo, a “Health, Sex­u­al­ity and Life­style” fair that lobs in Bris­bane on Au­gust 4, head­sets will be handed out so cu­ri­ous pun­ters can sam­ple the VR movies of Light­south­ern, a Mel­bourne adult pro­duc­tion com­pany. The ap­peal of this tech­nol­ogy is its im­mer­sive qual­ity, says com­pany boss Michelle Flynn: “The days of be­ing a voyeur are over – with VR it feels like you’re in the scene. You can look to the left and right, up and down; you don’t just have a static point of view.” It’s not in­ter­ac­tive, of course, but “per­form­ers will of­ten talk to the cam­era as if you’re in the room with them”, Flynn says. Here’s the thing, though: with one of those VR head­sets on at home, wouldn’t you worry that a real per­son has come into the real room – your wife, for in­stance – and is stand­ing there look­ing at you, shak­ing her head and tut­ting?

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