Virtual reality (VR) is one of the technologies in vogue, especially after the launch of the Vision Pro glasses with which Apple debuts in that market segment. In summary terms – and beyond that particular product – these are systems that offer a feeling of immersion to the user, who enters digital environments that can be seen in 360 degrees.
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A plastic artist has in his hands a very unique proposal associated with VR. He created a variant of that technology that does not need special devices, cables, processors or software to be appreciated. What is it and how does it work? It seems simple, but it is not. On the screen we see a concave painting that offers an experience similar to that provided by electronic products in the category.
Virtual reality unplugged
In the video that opens this review we see Steven Novak, the painter behind what The Verge describes as an “analog VR.” As we pointed out, it is a concave painting that, upon entering it, promotes an immersive perception. Since the support of the work is half of a sphere, there is not a “tour” of 360 degrees, but rather 180.
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In another clip published on his networks – following this paragraph – Novak shows behind the scenes of his painting that imitates virtual reality.
This is how he created concave painting. (Video: TikTok/Steven Novak)
On TikTok alone, the first of the videos has accumulated more than 2 million hearts and exceeds 13,000 comments, at the time of publication of this review. “When he got into the camera, it looked like a first-person video game,” one commenter said. “And I keep drawing people with sticks,” another joked.
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Following the aforementioned source, it is possible that this developed work of art has an even higher price than the Apple Vision Pro, which is offered on the market for $3,499, equivalent to more than three units of the regular iPhone 15. Novak himself published a third video in which, after explaining his technique, he asks his followers what is the amount he should pay for a device like his.