The thing with virtual reality is, you really need to try it out to "get" it. And since head-mounted displays aren't considered a necessary gadget like phones yet, something like a touring VR film festival will allow more people to experience the technology. The Kaleidoscope VR Film Fest will showcase around 20 short films from around the world, including one called Butts (see above) by American director Tyler Hurd. You will be able to watch them on Oculus Rift and on Samsung Gear VR headsets if you attend, though you do have to pay an entrance fee priced at $10 for students and $15 for regular folks. If you want to skip waiting in line to watch the shorts, you can shell out $99 for a VIP ticket.The tour will kick off on August 22nd in Portland, after which it will make its way to Seattle (Aug. 26th), Vancouver (Aug. 29th), San Francisco (Sept. 15th), Los Angeles (Sept. 23rd), Denver (Sept. 26th), Toronto (Oct. 4th), New York City (Oct. 6th) and Austin (Oct. 14th). It's sponsored by an LA-startup named Vrideo, which will benefit greatly from all the exposure the tech will get from the tour. See, Vrideo calls itself the "Home of Immersive Video" and is most likely trying to become the YouTube for virtual reality clips.
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