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Oculus Rift places users atop a 47-story skyscraperMarriott is hoping virtual reality gives visitors the travel bug. The hotel chain has partnered with tech companies to create a 4D experience using the Oculus Rift VR headset. But how realistic is it?
At the San Francisco Marriott Hotel, visitors were recently invited to step into a booth, put on the virtual reality headset, Occulus Rift, plus a pair of headphones, and try out what was billed as a 4D travel experience. So the fourth dimension really is, it's touch, it's smell, it's wind. It's sea water being blown at you. Visitors were transported from a hotel lounge to a black sand beach in Hawaii. And then to the very top of a skyscraper in London. To enhance the experience, sprays of mist simulate an ocean breeze. The platform vibrates as you travel to destinations. And rises to heighten the feeling of being atop the tower. There's a part where they wormhole you to a thousand feet above the city. And I almost lost my balance because the wind is blowing, it is, it's beautiful, it's just amazing. Not surprisingly, Marriott hopes the virtual trips inspire wanderlust. There is talks about developing new content. There's talks about taking this to some of our fabulous new destinations. While users are anxious to see what else the technology can do. If I could actually walk and be more, kind of physically interactive with it, that would be an even better experience. It's still early days for this tech. Occulus hasn't even announced when the headsets will be available. But the potential could be dizzying. In San Francisco, I'm Sumi Das, cnet.com for CBS News