Can’t find were this came from originally, please let me know someone! I kinda love it…
A while back, I got my hands on a free pair of Google cardboard VR glasses. While a bit clunky, they are still a fab way to transform your smartphone into a Virtual Reality headset.
A bit clunky, but quite a cheap way of bringing some sort of Virtual Reality experience into the home.
Trying it out, got me thinking. If there were a series of Christian VR apps, what would that look like?
Here’s the Christian Virtual Reality that Sofa would like to see…
The stable. Experience the birth of Jesus in full immersive VR. Hear Mary’s birthing pains, see the confusion on the cattles faces, and watch Joseph faint.
A Mega Church App. Don’t go to a Mega Church. Stay at home, and feel the atmosphere without smelling other peoples sweat.
The Church Volunteer. Get an insight into volunteering at church without any need for preemptive commitment.
The Longest Prayer. We know that Jonah was swallowed by a big fish. But what did he see in the big fish? What did he do? Hear Jonahs cry to the Lord, as you see the inside of the fish from Jonahs point of view.
Full on March. Now you can also march around the city of Jericho.
Full immersive adult baptism game. Hit the button as you go underwater… to ensure you come back up again.
Missed Lunch. Get an in depth view of Daniel and The Lions Den. From the lions prospective.
The Church Volunteer Coordinator. Feel the panic, and have first hand perspective of what happens when all the volunteers stay at home, and try to volunteer via VR glasses.
Crucifixion. The Viewers Experience. Put on your VR glasses and be transported to the original Good Friday! Enjoy!
Have you got any further ideas?
Church. Its a safe place to be right? A chance to escape the scrutiny of life, and focus on the one that makes us whole, right? A place and time where if you want to just come, and be, thats fine. Right?
Going to Church is after all, a nice and simple experience. A experience that is away from the privacy sapping experience that is day to day life. After all, the combined corporate might of Facebook, Sainsbury’s, and the location data from my phone could tell you too much about me. Its nice that the church isn’t part of that right?
Welcome to Churchix. Simply put its a facial recognition software for churches to who has attended what church service. The person that runs the software has a collection of photos of people for the software to look for, they connect up a camera, and can automatically track who has attended the service that is being “watched”.
This video shows it in action:
The churchm.ag site has had an interview with
big brother the guys behind Churchix, and asked them about privacy, and the reaction of Churches to Churchix:
What about invasion to privacy?
Well that’s a good question. It’s important to understand that churches already manually track their members’ attendance. We just provide automatic and efficient way of tracking attendance using face recognition technology. We encourage churches to set up Churchix in a registration checkpoint where members are voluntary registering themselves by just looking at a camera. The church can offer members different incentives that will happily make them look at the camera.
What are the reactions to Churchix?
Reactions are simply overwhelming. Churches we spoke with are saying it’s like a dream come through. Imagine the effort required to manually track the attendance of 100 or 500 members. Try to manually track and register 1,000 members – It’s almost impossible. With Churchix it’s a piece of cake.
How does Churchix work?
Churchix is a desktop application which you can download and start using immediately. It allows the church to enroll its members’ photos into the software data base, and connect a live camera or upload pre-recorded video files or photos for face recognition matching.
Each face appearing in front of the camera is extracted and being matched against the pre-enrolled members. Churchix displays the matches in real-time and allows the church to manually override matches in case of a wrong identity.
The rest of the interview can be found here.
Sofa cant shake the feeling that this is all massively creepy, and is an example of technology being used to suit people in power, and not used to benefit people in general.
There also seems to be a similarity with a scene in Minority Report…
What do you think of facial being installed in Churches?
With thanks to @edaross for chucking this in my direction.
The iPhone Case
I have something to confess. I might love my new iPhone case, just a little bit. (I’ve been known to understate my feelings). You see, my little 7 month old has certain feelings towards my iPhone.
She see’s it.
She wants to eat it!
And. Well. In an attempt to love my daughter more then the phone, I checked my insurance, and let her get on with trying to suck it. (Thankfully she currently is minus teeth). But when she started on the corner of the phone that had the camera lens, then myself and the Good lady wife started to get worried, and she commented about the survival case from Griffin.
After some pondering, I got it ordered from Amazon, introduced the case to my phone… When the little one decided to try eating it again, I was a little bit more relaxed about the whole, baby – eating – iPhone, thing.
Where are we now?
The great thing about me being relaxed with her holding it / playing with it, is I just get back to lean back, and keep half an eye one what she’s doing. Well I don’t want her to delete my email just because of some unlucky hand moves. As I was sat there, watching Doctor Who on the phone that she was holding, it occurred to me. My child was watching a TV show on a phone that she was holding in her hand. Maybe I had a moment of feeling old, but I couldn’t help but wonder where we’re going with Technology. The millennial generation have seen a move from tube based TVs, landlines, and VCRs. We’re now in a world of HD TVs, smart phones, and iPlayer.
Have you seen the stuff about Google Glass?
Where are we Going?
If we’re starting to talk about Google Glass now, what will we be talking about in 30 years time?
I guess I wonder where we’re going with all of this?
Deuteronomy ends with the death of Moses:
10 Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
Strong words. What did the Isrealites feel about the death of their leader? Did the Israelites wonder what was going to happen? I want to say that they put their trust in God, and words such as, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” from chapter 31.
But did at least some of them wonder where they were also going?
If you’re wondering where you’re going in your future, then you may find this prayer helpful.
“Father God, I realise that You have set an appointed time for everything, and I may not necessarily know when it will come or how it will happen. I choose to remain expectant & trust that You will bring my breakthrough no matter how long it takes. Amen”
A version of this first featured on the Big Bible website.
Should there be more discussion about how technology and Social Media is used?
In a world where it seems that everyone has a Facebook account, should more be done to educate people about behavior online, and how?
Do you have any concerns about where technology is heading?
Welcome to the first weekly roundup of March:
- So Lent is now in full swing, and so is The #BigRead12, not sure what it is? The YouVersion blog has a great introduction to it, while The Big Bible website provides all the resources.
- Can you pass the channel 4 citizenship test?
- In the light of the current campaign for ISPs to block porn, Crimperman explains why it wont – and cant work.
- Church Mag presents: “Get Real. Get Outside“
- …and finally…Phil Maylor presents a list of people not going to Heaven.