There are currently several Companys working on 'bringing gaming to the next level' by developing virtual reality devices such as the Oculus Rift or Sony's Morpheus.
View through the Oculus Rift.
While these devices seem to make for an unique experience playing video games with them, i was wondering if they could be useful for aspiring artists as well. And i am not talking about some abstract kind of painting in 3D space but simply for observing reference material.
When looking at photographs of famous buildings like the colosseum or the akropolis what we see is a 2D projection which shows only a very small portion of the actual structure. And if the picture is taken from further away it loses the impressive scale of the monument and it is reduced to something resembling a miniature.
With a virtual reality device and a accurate 3D model you could wander through the buildings and observe them from close distance as well as from far away and get a pretty good impression of the actual size and the relation of the individual parts to each other.
I think these gadgets could be used for more than blowing away virtual terrorists, aliens and alien terrorists.
So, what are your thoughts on this matter?