Virtual reality is often painted as the herald for the future of entertainment and immersion. In the case of one Russian man however, it was the cause of an unfortunate tragedy.
As the Russian news agency TASS reports, a 44-year old man from Moscow was found dead in his apartment this week from what is believed to be the first VR-related death. Yulia Ivanova, Senior Assistant to the Head of the Russian Investigative Committee’s Main Moscow Department, offered the following details about the man's death:
"According to preliminary information, while moving around the apartment in virtual reality glasses, the man tripped and crashed into a glass table, suffered wounds and died on the spot from a loss of blood."
The identity of the man or any other details about his VR setup were not revealed.
As promising new advancements in augmented and virtual reality are made, stories like this one underline the need for a greater emphasis on safety and security while using these devices.
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