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The Future Of VR Porn: A Creepy Mannequin Head With Cameras For Eyes?

VRBangers says its new filming rig allows performers greater intimacy during virtual reality shoots

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Apr 07, 2017 at 2:05 PM ET

Porn stars perform under plenty of unsexy conditions — from awkward yoga-esque poses to Herculean feats of endurance — but this really takes the cake. Porn company VRBangers has developed a VR camera rig that looks like a pasty, hairless mannequin head. The idea, the company says, is to allow performers greater intimacy while shooting virtual reality scenes.

Huh, OK.

Typically in VR shoots, a clunky, custom camera rig, most often made up of a series of GoPros, is awkwardly placed in front of a male performer’s head. That’s because most VR porn is shot from a male point-of-view. The rig then records everything that his (typically) female performer does. Ultimately, it provides the illusion for the headset-wearing viewer that they are in the male performer’s body.

As I’ve written about before, this filming style has created some, well, boner problems for male performers — and understandably. They’re placed into supremely awkward positions and often can’t see or even kiss their co-stars. It can also be challenging for performers who are in front of the camera — or cameras, in this case — when they are face-to-face with several emotionless camera lenses.

This rig attempts to address some of those issues with … an emotionless head outfitted with camera lenses. The aforementioned pasty, hairless mannequin face is set on the end of a long mechanical arm, which allows it to be placed in front of a performer’s head. A camera sits in either eye, and on top and in the back of the head, allowing for 360-degree videos, according to VRBangers. It also has a microphone in either ear.

A press release claims that “the result is that top performers from flat screen adult videos are now able to easily make the move into VR scenes with the same intensity and passion that their fans expect from them – along with amazing never before seen intimacy that only comes from being able to enjoy them in a native VR environment.”

The company first premiered the rig earlier this year, but now VRBangers has kicked off a promotional push for its bizarre invention. As CEO Daniel Abramovich said, “Anyone can slap a dozen GoPro cameras to a stick and pretend they are a content producer, but when you start to see the distant emotionless content that low-tech choice creates, it’s easy to see that it’s insufficient and your audience will definitely let you know that quickly.” He added that VRBangers’ headset “looks a lot more like something you’d want to interact with than any GoPro on a stick ever will.”

To each their own, I guess.