“Adult content has been the industry's dirty little secret for decades,” Haussman said.
She’s bullish about porn as the driving force for innovation in virtual reality and she has good reason to be.
The adult industry has been propelling — and in some cases initiating — new technologies since the invention of the printing press.
Mainstream tech like VCRs and DVDs, streaming video, encryption, even credit card verification all owe at least some of their success to porn. “110 percent,” says Anna Lee, president of two Vancouver, B. “Porn is the driving force right now that is actually causing the headset sales.” Lee co-founded Utherverse, an adult social network, in 2005.
Skin flicks soon will be stripped from all Marriott TV screens, but industry insiders say X-rated offerings are not likely to disappear from America’s hotel rooms.
While revenues from in-room adult videos are down for the hotel industry, mature content and the business traveler remain familiar bedfellows, experts say.