Cyborg Dating offers a radically different way of experiencing Virtual Reality compared to Oculus Rift VR, which completely isolates a person from its surrounding. This format enriches Virtual Reality with a touch of reality in a very natural way. One person puts his smartphone in a Google Cardboard VR device, the other person looks at his/her smartphone which gives instructions during the walk. Both devices are synchronised. The couple walks through public space. One of them is immersed in a virtual forest, the other person functions as guide to avoid obstacles in reality: buildings, cars, people. But it’s more than just guiding. The context of two people going for a walk, has been turned into a date. There’s a picnic basket to be found, and a rose. And in the end the virtual sky can be turned into romantic night sky modus and stars appear! Halfway, the devices are switched, so both people can enjoy the experience of walking trough VR without being contained in complicated simulation hardware. A remarkable aspect: during the walk, a trace path is created. By following back this path, the blindfolded VR person is able to guide the ‘seeing person’ back to the point of departure.
Sander Veenhof in cooperation with Rosa Frabsnap