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Netflix’s First Virtual Reality Experience Could Be An Onion Parody

WHOAA! This looks JUST like my living room!

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In a hackathon over at Netflix, the company’s engineers and designers spent a day building a small pile of new user interfaces for the preeminent streaming movie service. The most notable one hacks an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. You fly through space, gesturing with your hands to find your movie. And when you do?

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SWOOOOSSSHH!!! You’re transported through time, space, maybe a wormhole or something, into . . . into . . . A DARK ROOM TO WATCH A MOVIE.

Really. Turn your head left or right, and you see the edges of the screen give way to a black room. In a fantastically unintentional piece of self-parody, Netflix has used virtual reality to simulate the experience of watching Netflix.

What will they think up next?

Read more here.

[h/t: the Verge]

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Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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