The (Wo)Man on The Moon

Infinity Film Festival

At the beginning of November, Beverly Hills hosted the first annual Infinity Film Festival. The festival was sponsored by RYOT, a partner company I used to work for when I was working for Verizon. RYOT specializes in films and immersive VR experiences. So I reached out to them and they gifted me a ticket to the festival that was literally in my back yard. The festival consisted of VR experiences to try out at The Paley Center for Media. And interesting lectures from NASA, LACMA’s Art+Tech programs, and special film screenings as well as interviews by key players in media who are disrupting the industry with innovation.

The (Wo)Man on The Moon

I traveled to the Moon with Neil Armstrong…in VR. And this is what happened…

First of all, if you’ve never tried VR (Virtual Reality), it will be very hard for me to describe this experience to you. But I am going to try my best. Normally when you try VR, you are standing or sitting on a simple chair. But this experience was a little more unique because I was sitting on what resembled an egg chair. On top of having all the headgear on the headphones and the VR headset, there was this little vent attached into the chair that spewed air during the experience. I admit it was very hard to feel the air at times because I always get sweaty with the VR headset on.

What it kind of looked like in VR.

What it kind of looked like in VR.

What I actually looked like experiencing VR.

What I actually looked like experiencing VR.

The experience starts out on the spaceship and next to you is an astronaut-pressing all the buttons talking to mission control etc.. When you look out the window you see the engine roaring with fire, taking off into space. The entire ship is shaking, and as it shook, so did the chair I was sitting on! After what seemed like minutes, the ship is at a calm state. I looked out the window to see our planet earth! The doors open and I have whisked away into a sudden change in gravity-I am on the moon! Holy moly-I am walking with Neil Armstrong!

The experience was to promote the new movie featuring Ryan Gosling, First Man. A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon. Watch the trailer below.

This is probably the only time I will experience going on the moon. I think VR provides a unique experience in that it can take you to places that you can never imagine possible. And perhaps that’s the allure and seduction of it all.

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One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

-Neil Armstrong




TechMarina Murad