We usually associate Virtual Reality with fun and entertainment. However, the new experiment from The Guardian is making us see it from different perspective.
“Right now, more than 80,000 people are in solitary confinement in the US. They spend 22-¬24 hours a day in their cells, with little to no human contact for days or even decades. We invite you into this world. “ Says the description to their new official app. How will it feel to be in a real cell? What will you do? After how much time will it take to start driving you crazy? The experimental VR-app 6×9 will allow anyone to be in a prison – to be isolated from the world and other people. It’s a good example that VR can be used not only for entertainment, but also in educational and even social experiments. There are two ways to participate in this experiment – you can download the app 6×9 and see the prison’s world by holding your phone or use Google Cardboard for more realistic experiment.
The experiment itself is pretty interesting. You’re not just sitting there, in the cell you also have an ability to listen to the noise of the prison, read on walls of your cell constantly changing facts about prisoner’s lives and listen to the interviews.
Full instructions and description of the app you can find on official The Guardian website. http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2016/apr/27/6×9-a-virtual-experience-of-solitary-confinement#gvr-intro
Download the app here:
Also you can look at the 360 youtube video: