How The Oculus Rift Helped A Cancer Patient Experience The World Again
This story from Rift Arcade is a really uplifting and wonderful example of what virtual could do for people besides just making it more fun to kill dragons and shoot things. Cancer had confined Roberta Firstenberg to her home, but thanks to the help of her granddaughter — a 2D and 3D video game artist — and an Oculus Rift development kit, she was able to have the experience again of being outside, interacting with butterflies and walking through an Italian villa. There were plans to make more scenarios for Roberta, but sadly she died four weeks after her first experience with the Rift.
As Tom Rudderham writes in the article:
Roberta’s experience with the Oculus Rift only hints at the possibilities that virtual reality affords. It’s escapism in its most visceral form, transforming the lives of those with severe and crippling limitations. The Rift headset enabled Roberta to walk again, to reach out at virtual butterflies, and to forget all of her problems if only for a brief moment.