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Virtual College Tours With Oculus Rift Headset

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/17/2014

Want to visit the college of your dreams to find out if you like it? Well, you don't have to get on a plane or even drive there. You can take a tour, and go form one Ivy League school to another, in seconds. Laurie Segall shows us how. "Check out the ceiling, the paintings." "And so this is all exactly how it's like?" asks Segall A college tour, without having to step outside. "So now we're at a beautiful courtyard at Yale," Segall says. "That's me wearing Oculus Rift,it's a virtual reality headset that made headlines after Facebook bought it for $2-billion earlier this year." Now a company called YouVisit is using it for virtual college tours. "We have markers in these locations," says Taher Baderkhan, CTO of YouVisit. "You have a yellow marker to your left. So if you make it right in front you, that will transfer you to your next location." Right now, it's tracking my eye movements," Segall says. "I'm looking down to get a gallery of places I can visit, anytime I want to go somewhere, I just look at it and I'm transported. "So, I'm gonna go to the stadium because I don't wanna get in the way of this young lady doing her homework," Segall says." It's virtual reality aimed at making college more of a realty. "Our mission from the day we started the company is making a campus visit more attainable to students,"Bakerkhan says." Oculus isn't widely available yet, and even when it is, most people won't have a $350 headset at home. But you could start seeing these devices at college fairs and recruitment events. "We're not replacing the actual visit, we're making kids more excited about the actual visit," Baderkhan says. "So this is what it's like to either be a cheerleader, a football player or in the band," Segall says. If you're not an athlete, this might be the closest you're going to come to the football field. We tested it out with some professional critics. Our intern goes to Syracuse. "This is the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University and it actually feels like I'm back in the student section," says Jared Mandel. "While this looks like a cool technology, the best way to experience a school and to know if this is the place you want to study is to actually go and visit and meet the people, not just look at an empty dining hall in virtual reality," says Jordan Malter, producer of CNNMoney. But it does enable you to fly across the country, from the Ivy Leagues to the Big Ten, in the blink of an eye. Like any developing technology, it's a work in progress. "fter wearing the headset for 15 minutes, I was dizzy and ready to finish my college tours," says Segall. "Whew."

   
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