Facebook’s Oculus to bring virtual reality to California libraries

From The Mercury News

“Strapping on a virtual reality headset can digitally transport a person under the sea, to the red surface of Mars or even inside the human body.But purchasing a virtual reality headset isn’t cheap, especially for low-income families.Teaming up with the California State Library, Facebook’s Oculus said Wednesday it hopes to bridge the digital divide by donating 100 sets of Rift headsets, touch controllers and computers to 90 libraries throughout California as part of a new pilot program.Participating libraries include those in San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland, Sunnyvale, Campbell and other locations in the Bay Area.“By having access, it takes away the mystery of what it is and inspires,” said Cindy Ball, Oculus’ education program manager. “No matter how many videos or news reports you’ve seen about VR, once you put on that headset for the first time, that’s when you really get it.”Califa Group, a San Mateo nonprofit, is overseeing the program.VARLibraries — a network of libraries sharing best practices for implementing virtual and augmented realities — will run daily operations and deployment of the equipment.”