Nokia Bell Labs’ Domhnaill Hernon spoke at Inspirefest 2019 about the fundamental issues in AR and VR design today.

Speaking on the Inspirefest 2019 stage, Domhnaill Hernon, head of Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT) at Nokia Bell Labs, discussed the issue that many of the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices on the market today are anything but humanising.

Pointing to an example of a person wearing a VR headset with haptic gloves, he said: “This looks like a digital zombie to me. Do you really expect us as human beings to walk through our future having experiences like this?”

Rather than solving important problems with the human experience at the heart, companies are solving problems that don’t really exist or are overcomplicating something to the point that it’s useless.


Words by Colm Gorey