He's smiling and pointing to a space shuttle docking next to us, his eyes wide with excitement.We chat while taking in the the endless expanse of stars surrounding us.Mac Naughton also uses a feature of v Time to "share" 360-degree photos of his travels. In my space-date, I met Paul Hollywood, the product director at v Time.He can capture an image of his hotel room, then jump into the app and so he and T. We discussed the detail his team puts into the experience, such as how the Earth to our left subtly turned and completed a full rotation if we sat there for 90 minutes.Its competitors are also free, like Altspace VR, whose eponymous service promises experiences like virtual comedy clubs, games with other users, mazes and art galleries.Oh, and another thing from the real world being recreated in the virtual one: texting.A few generations ago, couples met through family friends at their church or synagogue or by the water cooler at work. Today, more than 90 percent of America's 54.3 million singles have tried online dating, according to Statistic Brain Research Institute.From e Harmony to JDate to Tinder to Grindr, the tech industry has found ever more interesting and unusual ways to use apps to pair us up.
The answer is simple, namely: I was on holiday in Greece, on the beautiful island of Rhodes.
Now, some developers are imagining how it can be used to go on dates.
"You create a whole different level of immersion and presence in the virtual world and that can make you genuinely feel that you are somewhere else and you are with another person," said Clemens Wangerin, managing director of v Time, which made the dating app that sent me to space. Dating site e Harmony predicts we'll regularly go on full-sensory (including smelling your partner's perfume) VR dates by 2040.
And it might happen with apps like v Time, which works on devices ranging from the 9 Oculus Rift to the often-free Google Cardboard, which is powered by your smartphone.
My experience was powered by an Oculus headset in our office.
After about half an hour, we say our goodbyes, and I reach up and remove my headpiece.