I’ve been doing some research on next generation virtual reality games and started looking at what is being created with brands-especially ones that might prove interesting to girls. Big mistake….”vr” and “girl” combinations exposed link after link of porn. I’ll admit, some of it was fascinating as I firmly believe new technology explored in pornography can often provide a roadmap as to where consumer tech will be heading.
I was, however, also great relieved to find this gem of an article about a terrific computer camp for (real) girls at the University of Maryland featuring VR gaming. These middle schoolers are learning how to create next level video games using technology like Oculus Rift and Unity 3D. I hope this means that more and more computer science labs and classes will be offering all kids an active way to participate in this latest round of VR creative madness. As many of you know, VR has been available for some time now. It seems to me, however, that since Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Rift there is a whole new level of creative and business interest. I hope camps like these will get kids excited about what the future holds in education and entertainment.