Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys has boldly stepped into the world of virtual reality.
VR is the latest trend to sweep the tech world – and starred in Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s presentation at Samsung’s recent Mobile World Congress – so as part of this morning’s Today programme, the broadcaster tried out a virtual reality headset for the very first time. And the results were rather entertaining when transmitted over the airwaves.
Listening to John Humphreys trying a VR headset for the first time on Radio 4 is ????????????
— Jess Burling (@jess_burling) February 23, 2016
John Humphrys using Virtual Reality has made my morning… 'I'm beginning to feel a little seasick…" ???????? @BBCRadio4
— Hetti Lawrence (@hetti_rose) February 23, 2016
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Humphrys as he admitted the “whooshing” left him feeling a tad queasy.
"I felt it. It made me feel queasy." Good to hear John Humphrys getting the authentic VR experience #r4today
— Rowland Manthorpe (@rowlsmanthorpe) February 23, 2016
But he posed the, err, important questions, like, ‘Would virtual reality be able to replicate the experience of having sex?’
John Humphrys talking about sex is, frankly, putting me off my porridge #r4today
— ???? Peaky Only Fascists Burn Books FFS ???? (@ShurelyNot) February 23, 2016
Just walked back into the room and John Humphries asking about thex. Sounded very sleazy. Ew. #r4today
— ???? Jen ???? °*•. Wear a Mask (@coaldragon) February 23, 2016
Before long he was trending on Twitter – but there was a catch…
That’s not how you spell Humphrys!
The misspelling didn’t go unnoticed.
First, you find out your trending on Twitter. Then, you discover people are misspelling your name. It's John Humphrys, not John Humphries
— Mr Sean Sellers | Comedian (@MrSeanSellers) February 23, 2016
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) February 23, 2016
Is 'John Humphries' John Humphrys' VR avatar? #R4Today
— Neil Armstrong (@_neilarmstrong) February 23, 2016
If you missed this morning’s test drive, you can listen on the Radio 4 website – or alternatively watch him use VR to take to the stage with Kasabian. You don’t need us to tell you it’s entertaining…