Ryan Holmes, a 24-year-old San Francisco entrepreneur, is confident that he has found a way for earthlings to experience the awesomeness of the universe without ever blasting off into space.
Three years ago, a short film called Overview caught Holmes’ attention. Through interviews with five astronauts, the film describes a phenomenon dubbed Overview Effect, which describes the feeling of awe astronauts get when they see the earth from space. Fascinated by its potential, Holmes was determined to find a way to make the experience accessible for anyone. He found the answer in virtual reality, a technology that allows users to experience computer-generated environments through a headset with a screen mounted in front of the eyes.