The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset offers many new types of experiences, but its latest use may one day save your life. The Rift is currently being used by med students to view surgeries from a first-person perspective. After a donation from the MOVEO Foundation, surgeons have begun recording medical procedures using GoPro’s Dual HERO system, which captures video from two GoPro cameras, then converts it to 3D in post-production. In the past, med students could only experience a surgery from a first-person perspective by being in the room, but that means there was a chance some of the process and techniques would be missed. With Oculus Rift, though, med students can see the surgery first-hand, then re-live it all through the surgeon’s eyes. Experts say the Oculus, which is owned by Facebook, likely won’t become a medical device, because Facebook won’t want to deal with the FDA. But this trial run shows one of the endless possibilities of virtual reality, and offers a possible glimpse into the future of medicine.

Shelly Palmer

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