Preparing for the Next Tsunami with Virtual Reality
Oculus Rift simulation could help prepare for natural disasters
It is in Japan’s geology and geography to be prone to tsunamis. The highly advanced society suffered a disaster in 2011, when Japan’s east coast was devoured by waves reaching up to 40.5 meters high. Aiming to prepare citizens for a similar disaster, faculty at the Aichi University of Technology is using the Oculus Rift DK2 as a convincing head-worn simulator of cities being devoured by monster waves.
One of the worst things you can do in an emergency situation is panic and the best solution to panic is experience. With the grand scale at which tsunamis occur, it's impractical to build simulators aiming to educate the entire country. The next best thing would be virtual reality where people can actually experience the terror of floodwater rushing left and right minus the danger. These kinds of immersive experience can help people cope, plan and remain coherent even under pressure during real-world situations.