The wonders of the technological world never stop to amaze us. If there was a time when virtual travel seemed only a remote possibility, modern technology proves that wrong. Recently, a U.K. resident took the world by surprise with his achievement: cycling across his country via virtual reality. This may mean we are one step closer to virtual travel.
The name of the technological superhero is Aaron Puzey. He is actually an Australian game developer, who now lives in Scotland, United Kingdom. He is also passionate about cycling, and since exercising alone at home seemed a bit boring, he thought of an inventive way of turning things more exciting.
He used Samsung virtual reality glasses, Bluetooth and Google Maps – Street View in order to provide himself with a route for his walk on the bicycle. His daring itinerary has its starting point in Scotland (Land’s End) and finishes in the North of the country (John O’Groats). In other words, Aaron Puzey intends to cross the country South to North, on his sessions of comfortable cycling from home. This could as well be called virtual travel.
Aaron Puzey first came with the idea in May and has been cycling with this purpose ever since. He has also been updating his blog about the project’s development. His posts contain videos, as well: the viewers can see what he sees while cycling, namely the virtual reality provided by Google Street View. He also talks about the flaws of his project because he comments while riding the medical bicycle.
Aaron Puzey talks about his unique experience:
“The single biggest problem with the Street View data is the high compression on the depth information. Some things, like buildings, fit very well to this model and look quite solid, but things like trees and hedges and anything lumpy often just looks a mess. I’ve also seen things like squashed bugs on the Google camera, bad colors in some scenes and strange black ‘sink holes’. However, even with those problems it still feels like I’m there .”
How come can we call this experiment the pre-phase of virtual travel? It is still Aaron Puzey the one who clarifies it, by saying:
“Using Street View I can visit pretty much anywhere.”
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