My background is in sports and business so I don’t get much more technical then being able to connect my laptop to a new router… But having the ability to sit in on a discussion about VR/MR/AR at Philadelphia’s chapter of WICT’s Tech-It-Out annual event was amongst the best experiences I’ve had at Comcast so far. Being surrounded by executives at major technical companies (such as Comcast) and just listening to what they had to say about the future of this emerging technology was incredible. I learned so much about Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality and how these realities can change our day-to-day processes and lives. One of the presentations I sat in on was about applicability, practicality and use of VR. So, of course when the presenter started talking about VR’s application toward sports, it really got me thinking.
Someone in the crowd said they picture people using the VR goggles while doing pushups or lifting and questioned if that was practical. While this might be an engaging experience, my mind was thinking more toward training for specific sports. I immediately thought of boxing. Maybe an athlete could wear them while training their reflexes and dodging. I do not know specifics about boxing, but I imagine that there might not always be a second person to train against, so why not throw on a pair of VR goggles and submerge yourself in a ring fighting another player? There would be no risk of getting hurt but the athlete would still have the ability to train almost as if he/she was in the ring.
Attending a conference like Tech-It-Out was such a great experience because I am surrounded by intelligent people who are inspiring everyone in the room to think outside the box. It is amazing to be a part of the beginning of new technology discussing its path and all the various ways it can be implemented. I am so glad I got to attend TIO and I really hope I get the chance to go next year!
Event Recap by Jennifer White