Why not just go to the actual place instead of visiting on the Oculus Rift?Has people started to become this lazy, they aren't willing to get their rear ends off their chairs?!What's next? Are people doing use the Oculus Rift to do their number 2s?Also this technology reminds of this Simpsons episode where groundskeeper Willie was wearing a VR headset and he though he was making love to a woman, while in reality he's making love to a rake.
I've was toying with conceptual designs for this kind of thing until I realized that second life is going to deal with it all just fine. Why write a whole new system for virtual retail when second life is stable and well established.
Far from encouraging laziness, I think this has great potential to give people who cant physically get to these places (think elderly or disabled) a sense of Independence and freedom (even if still relying on home delivery services). I could also see the potential to help people with agoraphobia or other mental issues overcome their fears in a safe environment..Tesco shopping MMO could be the next WoW.
this could be used to control actual robots in store so (as jambert says) people who cannot get there like the disabled or elderly can do their shoppingof course such a thing is years off but hey we might end up there and this could very well be the beginning
It's probably just a PR stunt. I can see a use for it as far as merchandising goes. Now you can actually "walk" through the store, as opposed to just seeing it on paper, when trying to rearrange a store on a mass scale. Supermarkets are always striving to figure out the best way to display things for maximum effect.