Oculus 'Considering' Free Rifts for Schools

VRFocus - Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset, announced its intention to start engaging with educational institutions last month. CEO Brendan Iribe revealed that the company hopes to interact with universities 'in a big way', though didn't reveal many specifics on the company's plans. This week company founder and Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey has suggested that those plans could involve free headsets for schools.

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Clover9041325d ago

That's it Oculus. Get 'em hooked while they're young.

Seriously though, I believe VR could be a serious teaching tool, given time.

Squeaky_door1325d ago (Edited 1325d ago )

How could it be a serious teaching tool?

Clover9041325d ago (Edited 1325d ago )

As a child I was never fond of history. I learned enough to get an A or B on a test, and quickly forgot the information soon after. I just couldn't get invested in old stories of pioneers, presidents, or wars. However, if I was placed INSIDE those history stories, I'd undoubtedly know much more about our past. Imagine being there for something like the Boston Tea Party. One of many acts of defiance that would lead to war, and eventually independence.

Or in biology class, when you're shown diagrams of cells and told how each part worked. Now imagine shrinking down and seeing it first hand. It's like The Magic School Bus (a teaching tool when I was a child), but only I'm actually there.

Now, I'm not saying VR should replace books or anything like that. But if I got a chance to "visit" the roman coliseum at school, I'd be much invested when I read about it at home.

user56695101325d ago

i remember them saying this while they was looking for funding. glad to see they havent lost their way, even though the haters want you to think so

Squeaky_door1325d ago

If I was in charge of a school, not sure How I'd feel about this

dcj05241325d ago

All aboard the magic school bus!