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Naughty Visual Collaboration: A Look at the NSFW Side of VC
It's happening. Our industry is not immune to the nefarious Rule 34 of the Internet. To paraphrase, "If it exists, there is probably a naughty version of it on the internet." In order to cover this topic, we will have to link to some items that you may not want popping up on your screen at the office. The article itself is safe, but please click the links at your discretion.
All joking aside, adult content is big business and that particular industry is generally an early adopter of various technologies and communication mediums. Whether its webcams, reddit, or the Internet itself, the adult industry is out there at the front lines, providing early mass testing of these new platforms. With that in mind, it may be worth looking at some NSFW uses of VC today in order to get a peek... to take a look... to discuss possible future mainstream uses.
Gender Swap Experiment With Oculus Rift
This first example (found trending on reddit) is supposedly more scientific than pornographic, but the video is NSFW and the technology clearly lends itself to a variety of uses, adult and otherwise. The idea is that two users put themselves in the place of each other's bodies. While a male to female body swap makes for an great viral video, I think this application could be very well suited for a number of training scenarios. A trainee could put himself in the body of an actual pilot during a flight, to really get the feel of flying before ever getting in the cockpit. Or an instructor on the ground can put himself in the body of a trainee during early flights, to give immediate feedback.
Sex With Glass
Even Google is not immune to Rule 34. Google Glass isn't even available yet and there is already a NSFW app for it. This is a similar concept to the previous example, except they are a lot more explicit about how they expect the technology to be used.
I don't even like watching myself brush my teeth, but to each their own.
Sorry readers, you are on your own with this one. All I can say is that this product is one of several being developed that adds senses beyond audio and video to the remote communications experience. Again, there are many mainstream potential uses for this concept. Imagine getting a massage from a pair of robot hands being controlled by the best masseuse in the world, while he was working on a robot back that gave him perfect feedback of muscles relaxing. Or a doctor performing remote surgery and getting feedback from the actual instruments. However, at this time sex is just a very obvious use for this application, as also evidenced in our previous article covering the Fundawear product.
We will continue to focus on the more mainstream business applications of visual technology here at TPO News. However, we can't deny the power of Rule 34, and if these uses continue to lead the way in development, the industry would be wise to pay an appropriate amount of attention.
About the Author
David Maldow, Esq. is a visual collaboration technologist and analyst with the Human Productivity Lab and an associate publisher at Telepresence Options. David has extensive expertise in testing, evaluating, and explaining telepresence and other visual collaboration / rich media solutions. David is focused on providing third-party independent analysis and opinion of these technologies and helping end users better secure their visual collaboration environments. You can follow David on Twitter.
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