To show how powerful virtual reality (VR) can be when an immersive experience truly works, a VR fan posted a video online of his dad playing The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience, on an Oculus Rift DK2 head-mounted display (HMD).
The video posted by Hoopermation, captured his dad’s honest emotions of experiencing what it would be like in space, as it was one of his life log dreams.
Hoopmation commented: “It was difficult watching my dad play the Apollo 11 VR demo with the Oculus Rift DK2. I wasn’t expecting it to affect him as much as it did. I’ve known that he’s always wanted to go to space, so I thought that I might bring it to him. It’s been his dream to go to space for a long time.” He added: “Oculus and VR Education: You’ve helped my Dad get just a little taste of his life-long dream. I only hope that one day he’ll be able to do the real thing. Thanks for making my dad cry :)”
The Apollo 11 demo was created by Immersive VR Education after a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign, and a demo is free to download if you have an Oculus Rift DK2. The title incorporates official NASA archive footage and audio to create an experience that aims to educate students with a brand new way to learn about the events of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s landmark mission in 1969.
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