1. Chemy JMHT's Avatar

    PHOTO: Participants wear headsets that immerse them in the documentaries. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

    Virtual reality (VR) technology is being used to give visitors at the National Museum of Australia the chance to dive deeper into the documentary works of Sir David Attenborough than ever before.

    From today, the museum is offering two experiences narrated by Sir David, made specifically for VR technology.

    One looks back to the origins of life on Earth, while the other explores the Great Barrier Reef.

    Sir David has previously made more conventional documentaries on each of the two topics.

    At the National Museum, visitors are each provided with a headset, which completely isolates them from the rest of the theatre.

    Sick bags are also made available for those prone to motion sickness.

    "For some people it's like being on a boat or riding in a car on a long journey, so better to be prepared," Ruth Wilson from the National Museum said.

    "You're very much in the experience; the headsets provide you with that sort of private experience. They're immersed in their own world."
    The maiden screening proved a hit with attendees, who praised its immersive qualities.

    "I feel a bit exhausted by it; it was quite demanding," one said.

    "It was really amazing, at some points you could look up and see the surface of the sea and look down and see the bottom," said another.


    PHOTO: Sir David has made documentaries on the origins of life and the Great Barrier Reef. (Supplied)

    Ms Wilson said the museum was eager to expand its involvement in VR exhibitions in coming years.

    "VR is an emerging technology ... some of the newer technology comes with a console so you actually help drive the experience, so it's a bit more like a PlayStation or an Xbox kind of experience," she said.

    "Museums and galleries generally have got a role to play in the development of content for virtual reality, and that's something that the National Museum's certainly very interested in.

    "We'll run right through 2017, and we will change up the content as the year goes by."

    The David Attenborough VR experiences have previously run at the Australian Museum in Sydney, and the Natural History Museum in London.


    PHOTO: Sick bags were provided for attendees prone to motion sickness. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

    Source: Virtual reality helps David Attenborough works come to life at National Museum of Australia - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
    12-27-2016 08:49 PM
  2. pjs37's Avatar
    Probably easier and cheaper than having to handle the massive IMAX systems that most museums seem to use.
    12-27-2016 09:35 PM
  3. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    For sure cheaper, that's why even iMax is buying VR headsets.
    12-29-2016 11:29 PM
  4. pjs37's Avatar
    For sure cheaper, that's why even iMax is buying VR headsets.
    Makes sense they got the recording bits down more or less for their dome systems and that viewing angle is perfect for VR (2170 degrees or whatever it is)
    12-30-2016 08:39 AM
  5. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    Makes sense they got the recording bits down more or less for their dome systems and that viewing angle is perfect for VR (2170 degrees or whatever it is)
    yes, take a look at this:

    http://forums.vrheads.com/vr-news-di...highlight=imax

    Actually search for iMax here in the forum and you will find like 6 threads about it, from movies to equipments and VR rooms.
    12-30-2016 03:25 PM
  6. Talkivr's Avatar
    yeah was checking out starVR 4k headset they partnered with acer to make headset for Imax they should be rolling out over next year. Still interesting everytime i see a new place make a vr experience expect to see tons of them in public exhibits within yonder years.
    12-30-2016 05:41 PM
  7. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    yeah was checking out starVR 4k headset they partnered with acer to make headset for Imax they should be rolling out over next year. Still interesting everytime i see a new place make a vr experience expect to see tons of them in public exhibits within yonder years.
    They are a lot right now, more than we can expect actually, but I hope in the near future see more houses and less places like that, as before when Internet was something very exclusive and expensive only some place offered the service because nobody has it at home, later those places closed because Internet became the must to have in every home.
    12-30-2016 08:19 PM
  8. GustavMahler's Avatar
    The exciting thing about this is that it "recruits" people to VR and make them aware of it and its potential.
    Only this way can we achieve development and growth in the VR world. Those people will then purchase a headset for themself, thus supporting the company and helping it grow.
    We are not far away from the golden days of VR!!
    01-05-2017 03:28 PM
  9. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    As once was for Internet with the Internet Coffee Shops (not the ones in Hollands), later everybody was installing those old dial ups connections and later the DSL, at first you needed to go to a place just to browse internet.
    01-08-2017 08:40 PM

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