The Big Think

March 5, 2014

Uncanny Apartment

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 10:07 am

The Uncanny Valley, Interior-Design Edition – Megan Garber – The Atlantic: “You know Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset? Now there’s a 3-D version of Jerry’s apartment, created for the platform by the OR designer and Seinfeld fan Greg Miller. Which means, as On the Media put it: ‘Anyone with an OR headset can download his project and sit around pretending that they’re talking about nothing.’

It also means that there is now highly unscientific evidence that the uncanny valley hypothesis can be extended beyond its original meaning and applied to the aesthetics of physical spaces. Because ‘Jerry’s Place’—while it is impressively detailed (look at that photo!)—is also undeniably creepy. And also, arguably, a little bit sad. Either way, it hovers in that real-but-not-real space that is so perfectly captured by the term ‘virtual reality.’ “

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