There are extremes to everything. For instance, the 9,000+ pound rubber band ball, the 28 foot finger nails that one woman decided to grow, and the 13,000 Santas who gathered in the Guildhall Square in Derry City, Northern Ireland. After the next few days, there will possibly be another extreme to add to your list…. The man who immersed himself in virtual reality for 100 hours straight. Yes, that’s an unbelievable 4 days and 4 hours, 6,000 minutes, or 360,000 immersive seconds.
Cris Miranda from EnterVR.net, and also a The Hitbox user going by the username of ‘MetaverseScholarsClub,’ has launched his crazy plan to immerse himself in virtual reality for 100 hours straight. Currently he is just over 16 hours into his quest, and thus far he seems to be doing quite well. With this said, his sanity may be slipping a bit as he claims that he may bare it all as time ticks by. With just under 84 hours remaining, the virtual reality community eagerly waits to see if he can hold out. Cris will sleep and eat with the headset on, while utilizing through-cameras in order to see what he’s eating and drinking.
Approximately 18 hours ago, as Cris prepared for his quest, he made one final Tweet:
‘In one hour, I’ll begin livestreaming my 100 hrs in VR experiment. Huge thanks to the
@MetavrseSCHclub for the help.’
Personally I’ve tested numerous headsets including the HTC Vive, Gear VR and various Google Cardboard devices, and can tell you first hand that after about 75 minutes my eyes begin to water, my head begins to hurt and nausea overcomes me. While the effects of VR may get to me more than many individuals, I can only imagine how Cris may be feeling right now. While he will be able to sleep, he will never break immersion. When he awakes the headset will still be attached to his face and he will still be within a virtual environment foreign to reality. Certainly this experiment will provide us all a little bit of insight into what longterm exposure to virtual reality may do to the human body and brain.
The whole ordeal is being live-streamed and can be viewed here. We will be following along discussing Cris’s quest in the ‘100 Hours of Live-streaming VR’ forum on VRTalk.com. Let us know what you think and whether or not you would ever consider a similar marathon VR session yourself.