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http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/123123-Room-Sized-Endless-Maze-Created-With-Virtual-Reality
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Researchers use tracking systems to create an infinite labyrinth that can fit in a single room.

Some of the worst dreams I've ever had have been of being trapped in a maze. I'd turn corner after corner, finding nothing but dead ends. Every step I made toward escaping would promptly be reversed by my apparently sadistic subconscious. Now, thanks to the wonders of virtual reality, I can live out my nightmares in the waking world. Researchers have developed a VR system that can create massive mazes contained inside a single real world room.

Holodeck just got a little bit closer. Good read.
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What does the software do if you try to walk through a virtual wall when there is no real wall? Does it just create a new maze on the other side? Or do you have to "return to the battlefield, soldier"?
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Don't know. I think your mind figures out the trick, and you re-orientate into proper awareness of your spacial relationship to the real room.
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What does the software do if you try to walk through a virtual wall when there is no real wall? Does it just create a new maze on the other side? Or do you have to "return to the battlefield, soldier"?

I would guess your view wouldnt move, and in a few steps you would smack into a real wall.
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I can just imagine the researchers talking amongst themselves. "Hey dude, won't it be funny if we get the test subjects to run face first into a wall by telling them it's not a real one." and after that the test all the subject constantly avoids virtual walls for fear of the same thing happening.

This is probably exaggerated from what actually was said, but you know that at least one person thought about it.
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I can just imagine the researchers talking amongst themselves. "Hey dude, won't it be funny if we get the test subjects to run face first into a wall by telling them it's not a real one." and after that the test all the subject constantly avoids virtual walls for fear of the same thing happening.

This is probably exaggerated from what actually was said, but you know that at least one person thought about it.

 

I bet somewhere this has actually happened. Lol.

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What does the software do if you try to walk through a virtual wall when there is no real wall? Does it just create a new maze on the other side? Or do you have to "return to the battlefield, soldier"?

From the article
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The system isn't unbeatable. Attempting to use it while walking on a treadmill, for instance, wouldn't work. That said, some things from the real world can be used to bolster the illusion. At several points in the testing process, researchers tried telling users to try walking through a virtual wall while standing near a physical one in the real world. Upon bumping into the real wall test subjects treated the virtual ones more realistically from that point on.
Read more at http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/123123-Researchers-Use-Virtual-Reality-to-Make-Rooms-Bigger-on-the-Inside#0sOwiIYEYWkYtCpb.99

I guess the human brain just fears walking into a wall again. The mind can be easily tricked.
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If we can trick ourselves, who's to say we didn't create robots who have tricked us so they can keep us as a energy supply?

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I can just imagine the researchers talking amongst themselves. "Hey dude, won't it be funny if we get the test subjects to run face first into a wall by telling them it's not a real one." and after that the test all the subject constantly avoids virtual walls for fear of the same thing happening.

This is probably exaggerated from what actually was said, but you know that at least one person thought about it.

Couldn't help but think of this after I read that.


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