Kyabram Free Press

First dates are going virtual

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App developer Chris Crew says most first dates are terrible.

‘‘People are afraid … there’s a lot of rejection on both sides,’’ Mr Crew said.

Still, he met his partner, Aurora Townsend, on Tinder about two years ago and together they are solving the problem of awkward first encounters by making an app so people can meet up in virtual reality instead.

Planet Theta is the first virtual reality program dedicated to dating, designed for Oculus and Steam VR headsets by their company, Fireflare Games, which is based not in Silicon Valley but Wyoming.

On Planet Theta people can meet up in virtual nightclubs, parks, beaches and cafés. First dates only last for five minutes.

Unusually for a dating app, Planet Theta will encourage its users to create avatars that resemble their reallife appearance and verify that they have done so.

The app is due to launch next year.

 ?? ?? Virtual dating: A VR app under developmen­t would allow people to meet up in environmen­ts such as this virtual nightclub. (AAP Image/ Supplied by Fireflare Games)
Virtual dating: A VR app under developmen­t would allow people to meet up in environmen­ts such as this virtual nightclub. (AAP Image/ Supplied by Fireflare Games)

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