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Facebook's vision for Oculus Rift realized: YouVisit takes VR beyond gaming

Caitlin McGarry | July 24, 2014
YouVisit has taken hundreds of thousands of panoramas on more than 1,000 college campuses and put together virtual walk-throughs for prospective students.

Because YouVisit uses Rift to immerse people in panoramas, not quick-moving video games, there's no sickness or latency issues. And the company has bigger plans once it receives the Dev Kit 2, which Mandelbaum said should arrive any day now. The second-gen kit so improves upon the first that YouVisit is waiting to introduce new features until it arrives. The future of YouVisit may include travel tours. Imagine jetting off to Paris without leaving your couch--that's exactly what Zuckerberg had in mind when Facebook bought Oculus.

"It's the same experience: How do you allow someone to get a feel for a location without actually being physically there?" Mandelbaum said. "It's the same concept for a hotel, for a restaurant, for residential real estate. It serves the same purpose."

YouVisit isn't working with Facebook, but has reached out to Oculus to get its hands on more development kits.

"We wish Facebook and Oculus would be moving faster, but that's not slowing us down," Mandelbaum said.


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