Jason Alan Snyder, Chief Technology Officer at Momentum Worldwide
Today, VR headsets do a reasonably good job at catering to visual and auditory stimulus - but those are just two of our senses. The human body is capable of so much more. Temperature. Smell. Touch. The computational power of VR will grow exponentially - just like every other technology. And it will be the human-computer symbiosis which will amplify the 'reality,' making the 'virtual' fade. One of the biggest challenges with VR is 'input.' The greatest future VR innovations will come not from better lenses, video cards, or who wins the 'wireless' battle first - but rather who will provide the most innovative and intuitive input methods. Relying on gestures with touch panels to control the device, or resorting to keyboard commands, sensor gloves, eye-tracking and limited voice commands are the best we have right now. The clumsiness of today's VR inputs erode the 'reality' of the experience resulting in suspending our belief. The solution will be found in better human-computer symbiosis.
Consumer Brain Computer Interface (BCI) offerings are scant at the moment. There are several products in the market however the applications are limited. But this will change. Coupling BCI with VR will mark a significant change in the way we consume and understand entertainment. The challenge of this is on the order of self-driving cars, tissue regeneration and scale domestic robotics efforts. Any curious mind can imagine the benefits, opportunities and magic that will result in a working, non-invasive BCI for VR entertainment offering. Suffice to say that you will find me first in line to purchase thought-powered VR entertainment.