First and foremost the Oculus Rift founder was an avid gamer, and most of his garage building days were spent making these devices in order to experience his games in a more interactive way. So naturally the Rift is launching as a Virtual Reality gaming device where games can be found on the Oculus Home Store.
Some of the top games launching with the device are:
There are also countless other purposes to use one of these devices. Air Pilots, Police Officers, and the U.S. Army have been using virtual reality devices for years for training. There are many situations that they need to be prepared to handle in the event that they occur. Most of these cannot be trained for properly in real life circumstances, but in virtual reality it is possible. From high speed pursuits to parachute malfunction to evaluating battlegrounds, it is clear that VR can improve their preparedness in these situations.
According to CNN Wire’s “Take a ride on a virtual roller coaster” many theme parks are already experimenting with the headsets to add that extra element to their rides. This spring Six Flags will be adding virtual reality headsets to their already existing roller coasters. Before getting on the ride, the user will strap on the headset to be taken to a virtual world that is navigated during the ride. The main purpose of the extra element of virtual reality and why it is exciting is that the mind can be tricked to believe that roller coaster turns are tighter, the drops are steeper, and the speeds are faster by combining the headset with riding a roller coaster.
“It’s perfect to have this virtual reality technology that gives you the immersive feeling of being in a different world, and to combine it with a coaster that delivers motion, G-forces, zero-gravity moments — it’s a totally new kind of attraction. What makes the experience different from 3-D motion simulator rides is that the imagery playing inside the headsets is completely in sync with what the physical roller coaster is doing on the track. So while riders are flying amid high-rise buildings in the virtual world, they’re barreling through a corkscrew in real life.”
This is a separate video posted to Youtube showcasing a private company integrating the Oculus headset with a roller coaster.
UWIRE’s article “UCLA Scientists Explore Virtual Reality for Diagnosis” explains how UCLA Scientists are using virtual reality to help understand the human body and to assist doctors with diagnoses and surgery. 1500 patients have already received prostate cancer diagnoses using the virtual reality while improving the accuracy of the diagnosis by 300%. For surgeries, virtual reality can be used to treat simple injuries to assisting with treating multiple organ damage. Just like airline pilot training, virtual reality can be used as a training tool for field medics. UWIRE writes:
“Using virtual reality technology, surgeons can build a three-dimensional model of the patient’s anatomy based on a patient’s CT scan. The model can then be used to identify the injury or area of concern. After the damage is localized, surgeons can rehearse the surgical steps required before the operation takes place.”
UWIRE’s article “Facebook’s Social VR Team to Explore VR Beyond Games”describes Mark Zuckerberg’s intentions with the furture of the non-gaming aspect of Oculus Rift. He states:
” Virtual reality isn’t just space ships and video games-it extends into a multitude of human social efforts from education to business collaboration…Virtual reality is integral to the Facebook experience of the future, with the company’s early tests around 360 degree videos already generating more than one million views each day. 360 video on Facebook is the first step – it allows you to look around and feel like you are present while watching a video, whether it is surfing in Tahiti or exploring the surface of Mars.”