Gleeful 90-Year-Old Grandmother Reacts to Oculus Rift on Video

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As a technology journalist, I'll be the first to admit it's easy to be cynical in this business. Developers often promise the moon and stars when touting new products, only to fall well short of delivering the goods (Duke Nukem Forever, if you need an example). At the same time, we inevitably take technology for granted, nitpicking devices to death partly because our expectations are so high, but in some cases, it's also because we've simply forgotten what a beautiful age we live in. That's what makes this video of a lovable 90-year-old grandmother so awesome.

YouTube user Paul Rivot filmed a video of his grandmother wearing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as she excitedly takes in the 3D wonders presented in the Tuscani demo. Her reactions are priceless, and near the end, she describes the experience as being "like magic," serving as a reminder of why we love technology in the first place. Have a look:

The Oculus Rift raised over $2.4 million in funding on Kickstarter, blowing way past its initial goal of $250,000 to rank as one of the crowd funding site's most successful projects. The development kit is already available to pre-order for $300, and it was also announced that Valve will support the project with a VR Mode in Team Fortress 2.

Whether or not the virtual reality headset will capture the hearts (and wallets) of gamers remains to be seen, but lest cynicism gets the best of us, we need only be reminded of the 90-year-old grandmother and her reaction as to why these projects need to exist.
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Johnny3D replied on Tue, Apr 16 2013 1:41 PM

I'm so excited to get an Oculus Rift. The first VR system that's viable in the wild.

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realneil replied on Tue, Apr 16 2013 2:43 PM

This one was fun to watch. I loved it.

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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Clixxer replied on Tue, Apr 16 2013 4:35 PM

I could see this with steam onboard for TF2 go somewhere. Well that and I would want to play TF2 with this to test it out.

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KOwen replied on Tue, Apr 16 2013 6:55 PM

My initial impression is that the Oculus Rift will be good for atmospheric and adventure first person games because they enhance the users immersion. I personally would love to play the upcoming horror game "Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs" with a set of these bad boys.

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I would love to try one of these!

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 1:04 AM

pffttt nothing can beat the days of the VIRTUAL BOY!!!!! ok jk. Yeah i really look forward to this

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SDonaldson replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 10:15 AM

I really thought virtual reality technology would have been in widespread use over twenty years ago. Many have attempted to bring it to the masses, but obviously none have yet succeeded. Hopefully, this will be the one to break through.

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