Welcome to the World’s First ‘Room Scale’ Virtual Reality Marriage Proposal

Testing out a pre-release version of the HTC Vive virtual reality headset at game developer Valve’s headquarters in Bellevue, WA, Kelly Tortorice explored wondrous environments. She swam through the ruins of a sunken ship, climbed the snowy Alps, repaired robots and painted with fire. But, then, to her surprise, a virtual engagement ring started floating toward her. 

virtualreality2

Across the room, Valve employee Chandler Murch slowly approached his girlfriend while holding a trackable HTC Vive wand controller, which she saw through her headset as a mighty large blue-tinted diamond ring floating in mid-air.

virtualreality1

“Chandler told me to grab [the virtual ring],” Tortorice explained on her Facebook page. “Then, he told me to take off my headset, and there he really was, on one knee, with a real ring.”

virtualreality3

Tortorice was so blown away by the experience that a simple “yes” to his marriage proposal would not suffice.

“It wasn’t imaginary anymore. I didn’t say, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘OF COURSE I WILL MARRY YOU!’ Thank you for such a hilarious and fun surprise,” she wrote.

virtualreality4

She added: “I love you, and I can’t wait for the life ahead of us.”

Murch’s “room scale” virtual reality marriage proposal is likely the first of its kind in history. Room scale virtual reality allows for the users to move about within the environment, as opposed to the player being confined to a seat.

virtualreality5

Murch had arranged for his now-fiancée to visit his workplace to demo a pre-release of the HTC Vive headset. Developers, such as Valve Software Corporation, had access to the product even though it’s not expected to reach store shelves until late 2015 or early 2016.

A writer for Time magazine wondered if a virtual wedding couldn’t be far off.

Credits: Facebook/kelly.tortorice.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s