The above video is of a man (the video-maker’s father) fulfilling – in some way – a dream of going to space by taking a simulated ride with the Oculus Rift.
The Oculus Rift is a device created to increase the sensual immersion within gaming. It’s a set of video goggles that give you a three dimensional image of your surroundings within a game or simulation, and is motion sensing to allow you to move your head around within your virtual environment, as shown in the video.
This is a neat bit of technology, and I’m very excited to see what sort of innovation it will yield. My guess is that in the future it could help people with phobias deal with their fears through exposure therapy, or could encourage aspiring astronauts to go into space. Just remember to go outside every once in awhile.
Image on home page also comes from Oculus Rift’s website.