10 mind-blowing Oculus Rift experiments that reveal VR's practical potential

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The Oculus Rift's official consumer release is still months away, but that hasn't stopped developers from getting excited about the virtual reality headset and forging deeply innovative software that takes full advantage of VR's breathtaking potential.

And it's not just gaming developers whipping up mind-blowing projects, either.  

Although it was originally created for games, the Rift headset is already promising to transform more practical fields like tourism, filmmaking, medicine, architecture, space exploration, and the battlefield. Even the basic way we perceive ourselves is up for grabs when the lines between physical and virtual begin to blur. 

Here are 10 of the coolest Oculus Rift experiments that have nothing whatsoever to do with gaming...and everything to do with changing the world we live in.

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