First and foremost the Oculus Rift founder was an avid gamer in his spare time, 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:
Adrift: It’s like playing the movie Gravity.
Eve Valkyrie: Space flying/fighting simulator.
Project Cars: Racing Simulator
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.
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. The main purpose is that the mind can be tricked to beleive that turns are tighter, the drops are steeper, and the speeds are faster while wearing a VR headset while 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.”
UCLA Scientists are using virtual reality for 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.”