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Virtual reality comes to Bakersfield, going beyond just games

Cimulated VR is bringing virtual reality to Bakersfield, Calif., and is looking to expand its brand, Dec. 7, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

It's the new way to interact with the world. Bakersfield is home to a new virtual reality studio, called Cimulated VR.

The VR head set takes you to another world. You're not just seeing a scene, you can look and walk around inside it.

"Los Angeles is fairly close. There's a lot of technology out there. We figure, if we can bring some of that business here, it's going to help everyone," Dustin Daves, head of development at Cimulated, said.

Daves said he wanted to help turn virtual reality into an everyday reality.

According to Digi-Capital, virtual and augmented reality revenue could reach $120 billion by 2020.

But this trend goes far beyond gaming.

Right now, Cimulated is working with local firefighters to simulate fires.

"We're trying to give them as real a feeling without the dangers," Daves said. "You don't have, you know, the smoke inhalation, anything like that, you have a controlled environment, an air-conditioned space and they're still able to get a lot of their training."

Daves says all sorts of businesses are considering the possibilities of this technology.

A 15-minute session costs $10; for 30 minutes, it's $20; and a full hour is $30. The business is located at 4100 Easton Drive, Suite 10.

To find out more about the experience, go to the Cimulated VR website.


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