Could the future of travel involve seeing and experiencing the world without ever leaving your home? The makers of some of the latest virtual reality technology think so. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Could this be the future of travel: traveling without actually traveling? It's a contraption called the Transporter. Being shown off in a handful of Marriott hotels, guests get to step inside and virtually travel to spots around the globe.
“It’s a 4D sensory experience using the Occulus Rift technology that brings you to Maui, the black sand beaches of Maui and to London all within two minutes," says Lucia Stoller of Marriott Hotels.
In addition to the virtual reality Occulus headset, this one adds a bit of realism by spraying mist and scents at you while at the beach, wind blows through your hair and the floor tilts as you look down on London.
So, aside from being a cool way to get people into hotels, what is the future of this technology? Are we looking at a day where we can perhaps spend the afternoon in an exotic location from our living rooms?
“You could theoretically put a beach chair in your living room, put this thing on at the end of the day, open a beer sit down and feel like instead of sitting in your living room in your one bedroom apartment, that you are on an expansive beach in Maui watching the sunrise,” says Ian Cleary of Relevant Marketing Agency.
While this may be among the first travel applications, for those following virtual reality, it makes perfect sense.
“I think it has a lot of potential. I thought this was a cool demo. I’ve seen a few others where filmmakers were using Occulus to do immersive movie experiences. I think gaming is clearly a big use for the Occulus Rift. I think that travel is one of the great applications for it, yeah," says Will Oremus of Slate.com.
Marriot says the transporter will be, itself, traveling to eight hotels around the country. To find out if it’ll land near you, head over to TravelBrilliantly.com.