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An Oculus Rift art exhibit shows wearers what it’s like to swap bodies

21
Jan
2014

Roughly a quarter of all ASP users are unable to comfortably assimilate the subjective body picture of the opposite sex. Long-running performance art installation The Machine to be Another is a literal, perhaps radical take on the Oculus Rifts promise to let you simulate being anywhere or anyone. In what the artists call the gender swap experiment, two people stand in a room, each wearing a Rift headset. The most dramatic examples are men and women looking at themselves as another gender, but body size and build seem disorienting as well: whats it like for a tall, heavy man to become slight, and vice versa?

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