Legs dangling from a swivel chair, head strapped into virtual reality goggles, and the tips of his toes barely grazing the ground, a seven-year-old boy waved excitedly to his favorite football players, naming each and shouting out their stats as they passed by.
As the boy watched, his parents looked on with excitement and delight in his reaction. When the three of them finished the demo, I overheard the boy asking mom and dad how he could get one of those headsets so he could watch the clip again, and the parents discussing how excited they were for virtual reality to become a real part of our everyday lives.
Iván Gris is finishing his postdoc in Computer Science at the University of Texas at El Paso. For ten years he has ridden his bike 8 miles every day to attend classes, work in the lab, and as of the last couple of years, build an early stage virtual reality company.