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February 15, 2016 AT 8:00 am

This Magical Door Lets You Explore The Virtual World Without Putting On A Headset

DOORS, between reality and virtuality from THÉORIZ on Vimeo.

You no longer need to rely on a headset to experience a virtual world with this Doors project that allows you to see the world though a doorway. via fastcodesign

Doors was inspired by a modern problem. We have a real world, and we have a virtual world, but how do we connect the two with an experience more elegant than putting on a big old VR headset? The resulting thought experiment was what you see here: a digital world beckoning you through a door frame.

“I think the icon works because every kind of human and culture does share it in the world, the door, or entrance, portal that is always the beginning of ‘Terra incognita’—it’s something entirely new that can be frightening or marvelous but in any case unexpected,” says creator David-Alexandre Chanel. “That’s how a simple door became a representation of a [bridge] to other worlds. In this case, the simplicity of the metaphor makes it minimalistic and, as you say, even more striking as a symbol.”

The magic itself is born from clever design as much as cutting edge technology. Because while a motion sensor is responsible for tracking the viewer, tilting the image in real time parallax to make the flat screen appear to be a real, 3-D space with accompanying surround sound audio, it’s the design—the perspective-inducing trompe l’oeil effect—that gives the virtual world so much visual depth.

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