A Terminally Ill Woman Uses Oculus Rift to Take Her Very Last Stroll
As it has been previously established, Oculus Rift is more than a gaming and entertainment device. Where it has allowed paralyzed patients to enjoy the sensation of walking around, it has also provided an opportunity to a critically sick woman to enjoy a day out in the sun.A short time ago, a cancer patient named Roberta was sent home with only a few months left to live. When asked what would make her happy she replied with a number of places she had always wanted to visit. Due to her inability to travel and high expenses involved, it seemed that her last wish would never be fulfilled when Oculus Rift came into the picture. She penned down a list of places she desired to visit and with the help of the Oculus Rift, she was able to virtually visit all the exotic places she wanted to.
In 2013, Roberta Firstenberg was informed that her cancer treatment had failed and she had only months left to live. When Priscilla, Roberta’s granddaughter and a gaming artist, was not able to fulfill her grandmother’s wish, she decided to write a letter to the Oculus Rift support team. The team was highly moved and sent an Oculus Rift unit with a 3D headset to Roberta’s home. When Roberta put on the headset, the Oculus Rift took her to Tuscany Villa with virtual trees, stairs and butterflies. Not only she was able to move again in virtual reality and visit the places she loved, Roberta even saw a younger version of herself and her deceased pet through an unintentional Google Street View snap.
With the help of Google Street View, Roberta listed out the places she wanted to visit in virtual reality. Priscilla took the matter in her own hands and asked the Oculus Rift team to add luscious forests, fairies and waterfalls as well. Sadly, just after four weeks, Roberta’s condition worsened and passed away. To honor her memory, Priscilla made a video that documented Roberta’s virtual reality experiences with Oculus Rift.
Oculus Rift Helps Terminally Ill Woman Take One Last Stroll in the Sun
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