Let’s not understate this: birds are awesome. They can fly. They can make cool noises. And they can get amazing views of the world that most of us can never imagine achieving—that is, unless you’re into hang gliding.
For the rest of us, there is Birdly, a virtual reality experience coming to Cambridge for a limited time that lets you experience what it feels like to be a bird, from the flapping of the wings to the amazing views (and the the wind).
The experience—which was created by Max Rheiner, a senior lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland—combines an Oculus Rift VR headset with a full-motion rig you lay on top of. Your hands are then locked into “wings” that you can flap in order to stimulate the feeling of flying.
There’s also a fan that blows in your face (#realism).
You can get a chance to try Birdly at Le Laboratoire in Cambridge from from Dec. 2 to Dec. 5, and the first night will include a talk by Rheiner, who “will outline the story behind his multi-sensory flight simulator, and talk about the methods used in the exploration of the field of full body immersion,” according to Swissnex, the event’s organizer.