Do y’all know what Oculus Rift is? Us neither, but it’s apparently a new Virtual Reality-goggle concept, that parent company Oculus VR raised $91 million (2.4 of those million on Kickstarter) to produce, and will be available to consumers late this year or early next. It’s pretty next-wave stuff that raises a ton of exciting possibilities, but none more so than what a genius named Greg Miller produced when he created a VR recreation of apartment 5A at 129 W81st St in New York City. That would the one-bedroom of local comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who, for nine years, navigated the banalities of everyday existence with his three sociopathic friends.
The project, which is called Jerry’s Place VR and took Miller a month to create, will be available on Oculous Rift as well as PCs and Macs. Miller describes his process:
I started by scouring the Internet for screen shots of Jerry’s apartment but that didn’t yield much. Eventually I resorted to screen-capping streaming episodes so I could get detailed images of the various items around the set. I tried to be faithful to the shows original props and it’s era, but some things were near impossible to Google. I did a lot of research and tried to find images of the original products used in the show, and modeled around those dimensions, rather than relying solely on blurry screen shots. I found lots of good footage of the bathroom in the episode “The Barber,” during the part that Newman enters Jerry’s bathroom to find a hair sample. I feel like the main room and the bathroom are very well created, however I could only find one screen shot of Jerry’s bedroom, at the end of “The Chicken Roaster.” I used a blurry screen grab to texture the painting above his bed, and was able to recreate the bed, sheets and nightstands accurately. Unfortunately, due to the dimensions of the apartment it seems like it would be impossible to actually fit the bedroom the way the show depicts it. It came out cramped, but I’m happy with it.
Now comes the part where we end the article on a Seinfeld reference, so yada yada yada, not there’s anything wrong with that, and no soup for you.
Have a good night.