Virtual reality is getting better and better, with companies such as Facebook, Samsung, Google and others growing more interested in offering such entertainment options to customers in the future. But one artist is already determined to push his limits and experiment virtual reality in a completely different way — and he’s looking for your help to make it possible.
Mark Farid wants to wear a VR headset for 28 days and experience life events as lived by another person. To make it possible, he needs to raise £150,000 (around $234,557) on Kickstarter in the coming month.
The Seeing-I, which is what the project is called, has four backers so far, having raised just £152. Interested backers can pledge anywhere from £2 to £5,000.
Farid wants to experience the world for almost a month without actually getting out of the gallery he’ll be living in, or getting into any kind of contact with other people. Instead, he’ll have an Avatar-like experience by wearing special “glasses that covertly capture audio and video” during day-to-day activities. Those experiences will be played to Farid six days after they happen, so the team monitoring the artist can adapt to them — in order to provide the same kind of food for example — and the project will end if issues arise with his mental or physical health.
As Farid experiences the world this way, curious visitors will be allowed to walk in the gallery and see him live someone else’s life with help of VR.
More details about the Seeing-I project are available in the video below and at the source links.