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In the very near future you will be able to travel the world and experience the sights without going anywhere. That's because you'll have access to a device that will make you feel like you're there. It's called the Oculus Rift. Our Iris St. Meran sat down with an SU professor who already has one to get a sneak peak.

UNITED STATES -- Daydreaming of being in another place will eventually get easier.
What Journalism Innovation Chair Dan Pacheco is wearing may look strange but the Oculus Rift can take you anywhere you want to be.

Syracuse University Journalism Innovation Chair Dan Pacheco said, "When you put it up right onto your eyes because you have these two images that come together, it's a stereoscopic effect, it's what it's called and it tricks your mind into thinking that it's seeing things in 3D."

Right now developers are the only ones that have access to the Oculus Rift. In the near future, it's expected to be widely distributed so more people can have access to virtual reality.

The virtual reality headset is making a name for itself now that Facebook is acquiring it for two-billion dollars. Palmer Luckey developed the technology while in college. Pacheco is one of the lucky ones to have this device and what you're seeing is a 3D world he created. He's using the rift along with other technology with his journalism students.

"They were creating content that they would then put in these environments and they would test it out,” Pacheco explained,” Or they would go and create some kind of experience using these technologies and the invite three people to try it out and interview them about their experience."

He says this is more than entertainment. From a journalism perspective he believes this will have an impact. You're not just telling someone's story or showing video, it will help you be as he says, "present."

"My hope is that that kind of journalism, this immersive journalism can really close a lot of divides and help kind of heal our world," said Pacheco.

It’s a world that we eventually have access to with just one device.

The Oculus Rift is expected to be widely distributed by the end of the year. It is currently priced under $400.

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