Tuesday’s 10 a.m. Forum hour focused on the future of virtual reality in the wake of Facebook’s $2 billion purchase earlier this year of Oculus VR.

To prepare for the segment, host Michael Krasny donned an Oculus headset for virtual immersion into several scenes, including a BMX park and the Golden Gate Bridge.

So, the experience wasn’t exactly reminiscent of Michael Douglas’ trip through a virtual filing system in “Disclosure” (and that’s probably a good thing — no Demi Moore avatars stalked Krasny). But our intrepid virtual traveler appeared, from the outside, to be fully engaged in his projected surroundings.

Check out Krasny’s reaction in the video above. The VR scene from “Disclosure” is below.

KQED ‘Forum’: Michael Krasny Ventures Into Virtual Reality 19 August,2014Dan Brekke


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area’s transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED’s comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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