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Oculus Rift can now be used to simulate being a bird

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A group of deisgners at Zurich University in Switzerland have figured out a way to simulate bird travel using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset: meet Birdly.

Birdly uses the Rift, along with a fan, scent machine and rather complex setup to make players feel like they're birds. Players "flap" their wings by laying stomach-down on the mechanism and pushing down with their arms. Through the Rift, players can view terrain from a bird's perspective and using the team's mechanism players can control where they go by tilting their hands.

The fan adds the wind-in-your-face (or feathers) effect, and the scent machine adds a smell component to up the realism factor. Players will be able to smell their environment as they fly through, dodging other birds and checking out the farmland and mountains spread out below.

Check out the video above to see the Birdly project in action.