‘Sports Illustrated’ 2016 Swimsuit Issue brings one-on-one VR sessions with world's top models to iPhone and Android

Right now, I am tanning on the beach with Danish supermodel Nina Agdal. We're in the Dominican Republic and it's just the two of us, the vast ocean and the golden sand. Oh wait, I turn to the right and see Russian supermodel Irina Shayk. Hi, Irina! She winks at me and moves her body seductively. Lucky me! I really can't complain about my company here.

Except that I am not really in the Dominican Republic. I am sitting in my office chair with a bunch of sweaty co-workers punching words on their keyboards on a not-so-inspiring cloudy winter day. But none of that matters anymore: I've got a VR headset strapped to my head and I am checking out the 2016 ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Issue which has gone VR. I turn to the left: well, hello there Hannah Davis, didn't know you were here as well!
This is the kind of experience that you get with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 new virtual reality application that is now available for iPhone and Android. Yes, you need a VR headset to enjoy it, but don't worry: if you buy the issue of the magazine, you get a free cardboard one (similar to Google Cardboard). The issue will cost $10 (a tad more expensive than usual), but consumers will also be able to get the headset for $3.

The app itself (download links below) is free to download but will have unlockable content that you get for free if you buy the issue or if you're an SI subscriber, while for everyone else that content will cost $5.

So what do you get? "This year's virtual reality shoot answers the question we get every day: 'What is it like to be on a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo shoot?'", SI creative director Christopher Hercik says. In reality, you get raunchy, risqué one-on-one session with some of the world's top models. In bikini, on the beach. It's sexy... and a little weird experience.

Purely technically, it's not perfect: the experience won't be a perfect fit for the Gear VR, as Sports Illustrated wants its users using the app, but it's novel, it's provocative and it has everyone talking about it. It won't be a one-off project for the magazine - it hopes to make virtual reality a long-term project. Welcome to the... uhm, future?

  • Download the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 app for iPhone | Android



13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Derek Jeters girlfriend is bangin. Damn!!!

9. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 748; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Does this means I can watch porn on VR?

11. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

You already can. The Gear VR has an internet app on it. The videos aren't 360º though.

6. Podrick

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4. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Ok, now I know why all the nerds were getting excited and restless with the whole VR craze. Wouldn't blame them.

2. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Porn will also look cool... Just be sure where you shoot your materials... :p

7. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Internet is for porn! Grab your d**k and double click for porn!

1. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

We all know what's gonna Fappen

3. TerryTerius unregistered

I remember there was an article on cracked talking about how the adult entertainment has been at the forefront of many major technological revolutions. Virtual reality, AI and robotics probably won't be any different. Found it. http://www.cracked.com/article_18888_5-ways-porn-created-modern-world.html

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Porn and robotics... an episode of big bang theory pops to mind where Howard made a wanking robot help lol

8. TerryTerius unregistered

Lol I rember that. But I really do think that's prescient. It brings a bunch of questions to mind about exactly what rights intelligent robots will have and how we'll deal with that inevitability in our lifetimes. I'm fascinated with the advent of artificial life forms and exactly what that will mean for us.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Given how many rights intelligent animals have globally, I doubt that AI driven robots will have any right in the near future. But AI does bring a lot of (ethics) questions to the table.

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