But that doesn’t mean Norman isn’t critical of the direction of Silicon Valley’s powerhouse companies often celebrated for merging technology and design. In a casual, stream-of-consciousness conversation with Co.Design, Norman dissected what’s wrong with Apple, Google, Microsoft, and, as a little bonus we pushed for, Tesla.
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Virtual reality, a dream of science fiction writers for decades, is the closest to a true reality than it’s ever been. Multiple headsets are on sale to consumers, and while some aren’t exactly affordable to the common person, such as the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift, and others work better than others,the upcoming years will only bring more innovation to the industry.
This isn’t limited to just video games either, although that is certainly the biggest market for VR right now. People across different media are using the technology to tell stories and take users on journeys into far away places. For many of us, affordable, viable VR is still a few years away, but we can sit back and appreciate the efforts of others who want to make these experiences as broad as possible.
With online publications searching for new ways to engage with readers, it’s no surprise that some eventually turned to virtual reality. Places like the New York Times and the Des Moines Register have experimented with the effects that putting a viewer in a certain location could bring. When it comes to talking about VR, one of the ultimate goals is providing users with a genuine-feeling sense of place, which journalism can utilize to tell stories. In the case of Project Syria, an experience created at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, viewers can step inside a refugee camp and look around. Nonny de la Peña, who worked on Project Syria, told the Columbia Journalism Review that it packs an emotional punch because of the empathy users can feel being in a VR environment.
CREDIBLY: What are our brains doing when we’re shopping?
DAVID KEPRON: Our brains are ultimately geared towards the recognition of patterns and the interruptions in those patterns. Some of these patterns have shaped our brains in ways that are consistent across all cultures and all races, and we all share some of them. For example, when we see a snake, or the grass moving as we walk along the path, we’re likely to jump out of the way. That’s cross-cultural. Those instinctual reactions to experience are born into us because of our evolutionary development over millions of years.