YouVisit: Oculus Rift allows potential students to take virtual reality tours of Ivy League schools

Do you 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 from one Ivy League school to another in seconds!

Imagine a college tour without having to step outside.

It's possible by wearing Oculus Rift, 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.

Oculus Rift tracks your eye movements.

Anytime you want to go somewhere, you just look at it and you're transported.

It's virtual reality aimed at making college more of a reality.

"Our mission from the day we started the company is making a campus visit more attainable to students," says YouVisit's Taher Baderkhan.

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.

We tested it out with some professional critics. Our intern goes to Syracuse:

"This is the Carrier Dome at Syracuse Yniversity and it actually feels like I'm back in the student section," said Syracuse student Jared Mandel.

The technology 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.
 


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