TECH TALK: Bring loved ones ‘back to life’ in virtual reality

Project Elysium

Project Elysium

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It’s straight out of a sci-fi movie, but an Australian games studio is attempting to do the unthinkable: bring loved ones ‘back to life’ in Virtual Reality.

Project Elysium will allow users to interact with a life-like digital version of anyone – even those who may no longer be around.

The system requires the person in question to have undergone a full scan to pick up their looks and mannerisms, but in theory, it could preserve a digital imitation of a person for years to come.

As its creators state: “This experience is not a game. Not at all. It’s a very serious heartfelt project with a lot of meaning to us and is being made respectfully.”

Although only an in-development tech demo at the moment, Project Elysium will work with Virtual Reality headsets such as the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift or Samsung’s GearVR.

Questions over how in-depth Project Elysium will actually be, or how much you’ll be able to interact, still remain. It’s also likely to be just too weird for some people.

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