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Here's What It's Like Inside the First Virtual Reality Documentary Read more: Experience the First Virtual Reality Documentary Film

November 5, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TIME LightBox

Putting on a virtual reality headset feels a little like wearing the gaudiest pair of sunglasses ever: they're awkward, unflattering -- but they somehow manage to be kind of fun. Earlier this month, I was given the opportunity to try an Oculus Rift in one of TIME's meeting rooms, sampling some imagery from Zero Point, the first movie ever shot in 3D, 360 degree video specifically for virtual reality.

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I was transported to a whole new world.

I found myself in different settings -- a virtual prairie surrounded by buffalos, a beach with a beautiful woman, and finally a military training session. The experience was a little overwhelming at first, but it didn't take long for me to get used to it. It seemed that my brain was able to accept the virtual world almost as easily as it does the real one. When I finally returned to the conference room, though, it all seemed a little underwhelming.

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