This virtual reality project will let you fly like a bird

–Courtesy of Swissnex Boston

Because just using your imagination is so last century, an art and design center in Cambridge will let you soar like a bird, using the wonders of virtual reality.

Flight simulator, Birdly, will be on display at Le Laboratoire Cambridge next month, The Boston Globe reports. The simulator puts users on their stomachs, straps their arms into holsters, and uses Oculus Rift 3D goggles and headphones to simulate the feeling of flying through the air. A fan even sits at the head of the contraption to mimic wind.

According to the Globe, uses can control their direction and their speed based on how they flap their “wings.’’ According to Carrie Fitzsimmons, the executive director of the Cambridge lab, some people have even experienced vertigo with the device.

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“You are actually fulfilling the dream of what it would feel like to be flying,’’ she told the Globe.

Birdly will be on display and free to the public December 2 through 5.

Read the full story at The Boston Globe.

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