Valve employee Chandler Murch presented an engagement ring to his girlfriend while she was wearing a VR headset, and then totally backed it up with the real thing.
On her Facebook page, Kelly Tortorice recalls the most romantic use of VR technology so far:
“So there I was, typical day…on a sunken ship deck; fixing robots; painting three-dimensional fire; walking through the Alps; and then suddenly, a virtual engagement ring started floating my way. Chandler told me to grab it. Then told me to take off my headset, and there he really was, on one knee, with a real ring. It wasn’t imaginary anymore. But I didn’t say yes. I said, “OF COURSE I WILL MARRY YOU!” Thank you for such a hilarious and fun surprise. I love you and I can’t wait for the life ahead of us. “
According to the Ars Technica, Murch used a trackable HTC Vive wand controller programmed to look like an engagement ring so that when Tortorice removed her headset, the real ring took the place of the virtual version.
She noted that her proposal was “a hilarious and fun surprise.”