Inside Look: Moonwalks

October 19, 2016

According to the Virtual Reality Society, VR is “the term used to describe a three-dimensional, computer generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person.” Far more interactive than a traditional video game, VR seeks to appeal to as many human senses as possible.

However, according to Connor Borris, a member of the Moonwalks team, this was not their original intention.

“Originally we were planning to work with transportation, then we started talking about VR. VR is a sort of transportation, you don’t have to travel the world to see different landscapes,” he said.

Sean O’Keefe, another member of the team agreed.

“You can travel the world from your living room,” he said.

In the opinion of the Moonwalks team, motion within the VR universe is limited.

“What we’re really working on is movement. With VR, walking isn’t a fully viable option,” O’Keefe said.

“Without bulky, expensive equipment.” Lucien Lapenta, the third member of the Moonwalks team added.

Borris also added, “you could use a treadmill, but that’s not very real, it’s only one dimensional.”

Based upon these limitations, the Moonwalks team came up with their idea: boots that extrapolate the user’s movements into movement within the VR.

“What we’re aiming to do is create natural immersion in the most intuitive way possible. I think a lot of other companies fall short of that,” O’Keefe said.

VR is a growing market and not just for entertainment, so this idea could be revolutionary.

“Using VR for real estate is an emerging trend. You can tour a place without having to go there,” Borris said.

And real estate is just the beginning. VR is positioning itself as a new way to experience the world.

“It’s transportation without having to go anywhere.” Borris said.

On October 19th, from 6pm-8pm, you can learn more about the Moonwalks team and their project at Accelerate’s Hot Seat event as a part of the Start Up Challenge. The event is free of charge and open to the public. 

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