Virtual Reality and Special Needs


This wiki site gives information on using virtual reality headsets with pupils with special needs. It is part of a larger site looking at using emerging gesture based technology with special needs pupils. Click here to go to the main Gesture Technology page. This site is currently run by Anthony Rhys who teaches at Trinity Fields School in Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly (Wales, UK).

Our initial school trial was with the Oculus Rift DEV2 kit in 2015-2016. Read about how we got on here.

GETTING STARTED IN SCHOOL

The Oculus Rift development kit was great, but it was just that, a development kit for developers. Now our school has the commercial Oculus Rift kit. The headset looks like this:

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It retails at around £500. The problem is you need a high specification PC to run it. Ours cost around £1,300. Plus we've bought the Oculus Controllers, which set you back another few hundred. The expense can be worth it though as the controllers enable the player to see their hands in real time for some games.
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