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Oculus Rift VR Tsunami Simulator Helps Japan Prepare for Future Disasters

This past week Japan marked the fifth anniversary of the devastating tsunami that left 18,000 people dead or missing, but now the Aichi University of Technology has taken it upon itself to use virtual reality (VR) technology to train the public for potential future occurances, using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).

Analysing footage from video footage taken from car-mounted cameras during the tsunami, the creators have made a realistic set up of a city that has just been hit by the natural disaster, placing the user in one of the cars in the street, which can be seen in the demo clip featured below. The technology used to make the experience realistic includes wave movements and collision predictions, and it takes place in three different locations which are Tokyo’s Asakusa district, Minami ward in Nagoya, and Kokura-Kita ward in Kita-Kyushu.

The VR simulation is to be shown tomorrow, 13th March, at Morikoko Park in Aichi where the public can try out the project, and it is encouraged that those from both the north and south of Japan try it out for safety.

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