Dec 072013
 

Several of the elements needed for VR sex are coming together.  Oculus VR continues to develop its Oculus Rift VR headset.  Sinful Robot is working on a first generation VR sex video game.  Valve, the video game company behind the Steam platform and the Steam Box (which is scheduled to be available next year), is also working on its own VR headset and will support the Oculus Rift.

While all of this is good, there needs to be more done to have VR sex be more than just a personal 3D porn movie.  What is needed is more developments in the areas of motion tracking and haptic technologies (input devices and force feedback).  Those developments are happening.  Sixsense has been working with the Oculus Rift to add its wireless motion tracking devices:

New and innovative haptic (input and force feedback) devices are also being researched.  For its Steam Box, Valve has created a touchpad gaming controller.  While this doesn’t mean much in terms of VR sex, Valve is researching new haptic devices such as devices where you can use your tongue or your butt to interact with a game.  While those particular haptic devices may not be commercially produced, Valve is doing work (along with other companies) on new haptic devices using different parts of your body.  These sorts of haptic devices are necessary to make VR sex a more immersive experience, and when the time comes, they will be available.

A lot of this work is being done using Valve’s Steam Box in some way.  There is a reason for that.  The Steam Box is a completely open platform using off the shelf hardware and SteamOS which is derived from Linux.  (Linux is completely free and open.)  Anyone can build hardware or software to use with it.  What this means is that Valve can’t prevent the Steam Box from being used as a VR sex platform even if Valve wanted to.  Other gaming consoles are more locked down.  Sony could block VR sex from being on the PS4, and Microsoft could do the same with the XBox.  Microsoft may even be able to do something with Windows PCs to block them from running VR sex software, although that is unlikely because even Windows PCs are too open to allow Microsoft to do that.  Even if it’s not possible, it may not stop Microsoft from trying if there’s enough pressure forced upon them by individuals and groups who want to block VR sex software.

Sony, Microsoft, etc. could theoretically be pressured into doing something like Apple has done with the iPhone where it blocks “adult” apps.  Since those companies completely control their gaming platforms, they could block VR sex software and hardware from being used on their systems.  No matter how much pressure is placed on Valve, the only thing Valve could do is block VR sex applications from not being distributed via Steam.  This would not block VR sex applications from the Steam Box.  On Android, while Google can block “adult” apps from its Google Play Store, it can’t prevent the creation of alternate app stores on Android.  (For example, amazon has its own app store, and there is MiKandi, a mobile porn app store.)  Anyone can create the equivalent of an alternate app store on the Steam Box so Valve can’t block VR sex applications from the Steam Box.

At this point nothing but the collapse of civilization is going to stop the development of VR sex.

  8 Responses to “VR Sex Is On Its Way”

  1. Is this the beginning of the matrix as we know it?

  2. I must be dense: SteamOS is built based on Linux, but at least from what I understand, Linux is flexible by design. So isn’t SteamOS just another flavor of Linux? If so, what’s the advantage of waiting for it, and using it, over Linux? Theoretically, a bunch of geeks with boners could already be working on the software architecture for VR sex without needing to wait for Valve to release SteamOS next year.

    In any case, men waiting for sexbots and/or VR sex to get off will have quite a wait, I’m guessing. A much quicker, and probably more effective method would be inducing an altered states of mind – think hypnotic dreams you control – either through chemical or light and sound combinations or all three. If you think about how real your dreams are, you’ll realize that the relatively primitive hardware/software we have available will get you nowhere close to that same state of realism, as a dream.

    • Zel said:
      So isn’t SteamOS just another flavor of Linux?

      Yes, but rolling your own Linux isn’t for the faint of heart.

      If so, what’s the advantage of waiting for it, and using it, over Linux?

      If you have the know-how to do everything yourself, none. But most real human beings tend to specialize in one or a small number of things. For example, Linus Torvalds himself is an expert on the Linux kernel. But he wouldn’t be handling the VR itself; that’s a whole separate area of developer expertise. So the reason why they would wait for a platform instead of developing one themselves is that they want to build on others’ work.

      In any case, men waiting for sexbots and/or VR sex to get off will have quite a wait,

      Based on what I’ve seen, the next decade seems realistic. We have all the pieces in place – several candidate gaming platforms along with the ability to marry visual, haptic, and auditory interfaces in one seamless whole.

      http://kotaku.com/watch-a-guy-stare-at-realistic-naked-bodies-thanks-vi-1264530400/1265105514

      A much quicker, and probably more effective method would be inducing an altered states of mind – think hypnotic dreams you control – either through chemical or light and sound combinations or all three.
      If you think about how real your dreams are, you’ll realize that the relatively primitive hardware/software we have available will get you nowhere close to that same state of realism, as a dream.

      That looks like unproven mumbo-jumbo to me. I rarely remember any of my dreams myself and when I do it’s very vague. Can’t speak for others on that one.

    • Most people aren’t geeks who can handle the DIY nature of Linux. It’s the same reason Android exists for smartphones.

  3. Thanks for the input, Ray. I’m a competent computer user, but not versed at all any deeper than that. Grateful for the insights into Linux.

    I have very vivid dreams, most often am in control of them and always assumed others did as well. I also meditate and often react physically to my mental images when I’m in that state… if I imagine my arm is light it seeming goes up of it’s own volition, the images I focus on while visualizing are constant and seemingly tangible, etc… Given that I thought some kind of brain entrainment would be the most likely solution that’s also most realistic for everything from VR porn, to education, training, etc… I guess we’ll see how things shake out.

    • Thanks for the input, Ray. I’m a competent computer user, but not versed at all any deeper than that. Grateful for the insights into Linux.

      You’re welcome Zel. Linux is at the point where even someone like Eric Raymond shouldn’t be modifying the kernel. And his experience with development is both broad and deep. There’s just so much that one person can handle competently.

      http://www.nndb.com/people/446/000022380/

      I have very vivid dreams, most often am in control of them and always assumed others did as well

      Fascinating, but to adequately simulate the sexual experience, we need something that’s both vivid and repeatable. In the near future, I believe that VR equipment such as Oculus Rift offers the most direct route. In the more distant future, it’s quite possible that a “wirehead” form of VR will eventually come into its own. Futurist Marshall Brain has written about this with a hypothetical technology he called Vertebrane.

  4. I was recently surprised to learn that Second Life (a virtual environment) has the ability to interface with and control pre-existing USB vibrator technology, using in game scripts. There’s also a beta app for controlling various in-game objects with controls from an ipad.

    You might want to look into that VR/Haptics integration.

  5. Of course, it might be a lot easier than all this.

    I once thought, as most of you folks probably do, in the idea that for any sexual substitute to adequately replace the ‘real thing’ it would have to be able to EXACTLY duplicate the entire sensory experience.

    And that VR, dream induction, androids, etc. or something along these lines would therefore be necessary to achieve that.

    But it has since occurred to me that this approach may be akin to thinking you need to make a flapping wing airplane in order to fly.

    It stands to reason that, as male primates have grasping hands, they would jerk themselves off to extinction (in lieu of competing for females) unless some mechanism long ago evolved to ‘lock out’ the full pleasure of sex from the act of masturbation.

    And that this is actually the real reason why masturbation isn’t as good.

    Not because jerking off fails to replicate the ENTIRE sensory experience of sex.

    But, instead, because it fails to replicate a certain part of that experience.

    If that is the case then the problem may only be in finding out what exactly that part is and devising a simpler scheme to solve it.

    Maybe there is a way to ‘pick’ that lock.

    The penis is not, as fems would surely have us believe, a simple organ.

    If my theory is correct then there is a part of it’s anatomy, the frenulum, that I suspect may play a role.

    Many years ago I noticed that when I was accidentally rough with this bit while jerking off that, the next day, I found myself less anxious around hot girls in class than at times that I wasn’t so rough with it. (i.e. felt more ‘alpha’ around them)

    Maybe, as the frenulum is connected to the head, that each time the man pulls out of the girl that the glans (head) acts like sort of like an umbrella caught in the wind, and applies tension force to the frenulum. And intensified if there’s a foreskin bulging up against that umbrella.(you can see how jerking up and down with the fist might not apply nearly as much tension force since the palm makes far less contact with the glans than a vaginal wall will during each withdraw stroke)

    And that the tension force sends a special signal to the brain telling it “he’s getting the real deal so turn up the fireworks!”

    All of this is just speculation but it might be worth reflecting on before pouring millions of dollars into sophisticated, high tech gear.

    Especially if VR users find themselves complaining that no matter how realistic the sim is it just doesn’t ‘do it’ for them and be totally clueless as to why.

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