While the Oculus Rift is still in development, we’ve heard from lots of people excited about the possibilities of this next-generation virtual reality headset – especially when combined with the Leap Motion Controller to create immersive interactive experiences. Along with Elon Musk and SpaceX using the virtual reality headset to design rocket components, check out how our developers have used the Oculus Rift with Google Earth and the popular Airspace app Licht little adventure.

Google Earth

Back in May, the Leap Motion Controller was combined with the Oculus Rift and Google Earth at the Google I/O conference. The stereoscopic display on the Oculus Rift creates a realistic illusion of depth and space, while the Leap Motion Controller takes you further into the virtual world by interacting with it directly. People lined up for the opportunity to feel like Superman, flying above the world and through dense cityscapes.

LICHT little adventure

Licht little adventure takes you into a strange, beautiful world of darkened chambers and corridors. Designed to take advantage of the Leap Motion Controller’s unique capabilities, it allows you to explore a fully realized 3D world. Using light and shadows to navigate through dark mines and gravity zones, you must find orbs to unlock your surroundings.

Earlier this year, LICHT creator Gerald Terveen integrated Oculus Rift with the game – making it the first Airspace app that officially supports Oculus Rift.

“When I finally got to use the Oculus Rift in the virtual places I had created, I was blown away – because even though I created everything, I had no idea how huge some places actually are,” he says. “When you guide the orb up and look down, you suddenly realize how high the room actually is – and that you are flying 30 feet high in the air.”

By taking away gamepads and keyboards, Gerald says, the Leap Motion Controller allows us to directly interact with a virtual world – and that’s a powerful experience.

“Using a gamepad, you’re one step further away from immersion, since your brain has to process one more step for each movement. With the Leap Motion Controller in virtual reality, you get the exact movement you make with your hand and that is awesome.”

Our developers are always experimenting with new ways to build uniquely immersive experiences. We’ve seen many videos of additional Oculus Rift + Leap Motion experiments, and this is just the beginning. We’d love to hear your thoughts – which apps would you like to see in a whole new way by using the Leap Motion Controller and Oculus Rift?

Update: Check out developer.leapmotion.com/vr for setup instructions and start developing for VR!