The adult entertainment industry is ripe and ready for virtual reality, and a few entrepreneurial folks are already capitalizing on it. My guest today is one of those people, adult performer, Ela Darling.
Rev VR Podcast (Ep. 96): Adult Entertainment in VR with Ela Darling
I first heard about Ela Darling from the Oculus section of Reddit when she posted about her new site, VRTube. Once I checked out her site, I could tell that she was doing something interesting. She was using Kinect technology to capture 3D videos, and then pumping them into Unity for VR consumption. This is not a new concept, but this was the first time I had seen it used for pornography.
Doing more research on Ela led me to a writeup in Wired magazine that I remember reading when it was first published. It tells the story of how two college kids reached out to find a willing participant for their erotic experiments, and Ela accepted their invitation. Their original ideas have since evolved from a GoPro setup to a more immersive 3D scanned experience.
The file sizes are big, and the resolution isn’t perfect yet, but you still have to give them credit for being pioneers and innovators in a content hungry industry. As their technology improves, so will their content.
Ela isn’t just an adult performer. She is also a learned scholar with a master’s degree, and her tattoos tell the story of a librarian with some major geek cred. Being a fan of VR since she was a kid, Ela definitely fits into the VR community as an active contributor and enthusiast.
I want to thank Ela for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to me and introduce herself to the VR community on my podcast.
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