After watching her grandmother become weaker due to the effects of her cancer, game artist Priscilla Firstenberg used a development kit of the Oculus Rift to help her grandmother experience a virtual world.
Priscilla’s grandmother, Roberta, became confined to her home after becoming too weak to walk and enjoy hobbies because of her cancer. After becoming familiar with the newest gaming technology, Priscilla decided to reach out to Oculus VR and request their development kit.
Kevin Crawford, the company’s customer service lead responded to her request by saying,
“Unfortunately, we can’t send you out a brand new unit as we’re still trying to fulfill our backlog queue of existing orders, but, we have just received a few developer loaner samples back in the office…Keeping with the spirit of these specific Rifts, it only makes sense that we loan a working developer Rift to another game dev.”
The decision was unanimous and Oculus VR sent over the kit that very day.
Once received, Priscilla had her grandmother experience the Rift’s Tuscany Demo which allows players to experience a virtual villa. Her grandmother even got to experience her favorite animal, butterflies, as they flew around her.
All that seemed impossible became possible with the use of the Oculus Rift. Priscilla even developed a level for her grandmother which included butterflies, waterfalls, and a forest with fairies. Four weeks after her first use the virtual reality headset, Roberta Firstenberg passed away.
A video of her experience can be seen below.