What the "Sex Helmet" Means for the Future of VR Video
An adult film company just unveiled a new type of VR video camera. And it has quickly gained the attention of the mainstream media—labeling the impressive piece of technology a “Sex Helmet.” It makes the user look like a spider, but this proof-of-concept may very well be the future for VR content creators—whether they are in adult entertainment or not. It might surprise you, but many of the world’s tech trends have roots in the adult film industry. For example—it appears the VHS tape won out over Betamax in the 80s because of porn. Adult film distributors chose VHS as the standard format. And the world followed suit. And the most recent—and highly controversial—innovation from porn is the computer-generated “deepfake.” Deepfakes are frequently used to slap a celebrity’s face onto an adult film actress. For obvious reasons, the process is widely considered to be unethical. We have yet to see the full impact of Deepfake tech. But today we have for you a technological improvement from the world of porn that will likely stir less controversy and stir more innovation. VR Bangers’ new helmet uses seven cameras and an immersive microphone setup to record the next iteration of VR videos. The helmet allows for immersive point-of-view video which is developed by splicing together the seven video streams. It can film 300 degrees and it’s WAY less clunky and invasive than current VR recording setups. Even with tech limitations in hardware and streaming distribution over the last several years, the search interest for VR videos jumped 275 percent between 2016 and 2017 on PornHub. So there is a clear incentive for Adult film creators to refine the technology. Retaining viewers means more potential advertising, affiliate, and sponsorship profits. And this helmet may be part of the answer. But VR Bangers is keeping it exclusively for their productions. For the sake of boosting quality in a highly competitive landscape, this may be a good choice. But it’s only a matter of time before imitators get to work and build their own versions… Competition is coming. There will likely be many VR helmets for content creators to choose from and a winner, or two, will emerge.