Virtual reality shopping experiences are coming to a living room near you. The virtual reality devices that are now in the works will give you a shopping mall at your fingertips. Oculus Rift wants to make it “possible for you to experience anything, anywhere, through the power of virtual reality.”
And I thought the new virtual reality would be just another addiction for teenage boys in their parents basements. No, this is going to be Home Shopping Network on steroids for us, women! Are you talkin’ to me? Soon, you can shop till you drop and when you do drop, you will land comfortably, in your own couch. Hopefully we will have our own life sized models of ourselves available to try on any clothing that appeals to us. Maybe I can just punch in my specs (height, weight and other dimensions) and have a virtual Sharon walk through the mall for me. Unfortunately, our other senses such as smell, taste and touch, will not get to experience much during these shopping trips. I, very likely, won’t be calling up my daughter, to meet me for a virtual shopping trip to Liberty Center Mall and lunch afterwards.
Will shopping malls go to out of business because of online or virtual reality shopping?
I sure hope not! Liberty Center Mall, Liberty Township, Ohio.
Although I do like to experience real shopping, in the flesh, I am a techno geek at heart, so I can hardly wait for VR shopping to become a reality. It will be a good option for people who can’t get out of the house for one reason or another. I loved playing the Sims when it was first released and this makes that game seem like child’s play, never mind that was only a game after all, and the shopping wasn’t tied to my real life credit card. Sims was like having a pretend second life, one where I could live out my domestic, social and career fantasies. The new virtual reality will be an extension of our real life, and not pretend. Maybe I will call up my daughter and have her meet me for a virtual reality shopping trip in the near future, after all. It sounds virtually awesome.