I like to think they are just terribly intimidated.*
* I might be wrong.
Here's a VR post about fashion. Namely the issues with VR headgear and the problem of it not currently win a lot of points with people for style.
I have a couple of working theories on why this might be and possibly how we might come to deal with it. All very scientific and research based.
Part I - The Baseball Cap Theory
Baseball caps. They seem to ebb and flow between WILDLY POPULAR and PRETTY POPULAR at any given time. If you do a quick Google search, using the search term "baseball cap" and pretty much any famous person, you will likely get a hit. I had a pretty good streak going of finding anyone I looked for up until I tried Stephen Hawking, but he's British so the odds might have not been in my favor.
Go ahead and try it, see if I'm wrong. * I'll wait here.
* I might be wrong
OK, now. Let's change gears a bit and take a look at another bit of head gear called a "visor". You can find these on Google as well.
Almost IDENTICAL to baseball caps in terms of form and certainly function, they are just missing the top part. What can you see at the top? A person's hair. *
* Unless they don't have hair, like the angry man on the left.
Now, rerun the same search as you did before subsisting "baseball cap" for "visor" + famous person's name. You'll notice that you have a much harder time finding a match, you'll also find that if you follow the image link for anyone you DO find, it will likely end up being tied to an article that mocks them.
|"What were you thinking?!?! HA HA HA!" "I know right? What was I thinking? HA HA HA!?!?!"|
Why? I have no idea. Research is required!
Part II - Flowing faces
Let's explore it a bit, shall we? I'm going it has something to do with how important faces are to us in this world. We are VERY sensitive to recognizing faces and we REALLY don't like it when something screws with the story a face has to tell. What kind of story? Well...
Here we have Tom Cruise and the story of his face is something like this for our brain: Eyes, Nose, Mouth. Glance at the photo and I'm pretty much going to guarantee the first thing you look at on any face are the eyes and then you'll read the rest top to bottom.
Pretty simple story right? Eyes -> Nose -> Mouth. Beginning -> middle -> end.
Now, our brain is fine with it, if we tell it the beginning and the middle of the story but leave off the end: eyes, nose........
We really miss eyes though. Your brain will wander around and keep searching for the beginning of the story. "Where are the eyes.... Where the hell are the eyes?" You brain will keep muttering. "Where ARE they goddamn it??!"
Want to know what our brains really DON'T like? Having the story interrupted. Eyes, Mouth. Our brain just falls over and curls up at how wrong things have suddenly become with the world.
Modern fashion seems to recognize this. You can cover up your mouth no problem and your brain does not start to giggle or lash out with mockery.
* except I can't find the eyes! Where are the eyes!!?!
This essentially is cheating as apparently you can find every God damn look you might possibly think of in Harujiku.
To something like.... this?
- If you cover the eyes, you need to cover the head.
- The geometry of the HMD can't be a horizontal line, you need to break it up and possibly introduce some kind of vertical drop, possibly a structure that could house stereo mics.
- Involve hood scarfs of some kind.
- The surface of the HMD needs to be varied, a flat plane is about the worst design you could come up with. (which unfortunately is the current design choice for CV1.)