To start there is a video on a cinema screen in which David Attenborough introduces you to the exhibition, with tips on how to get the most out of your experience and encouraging you to look around the virtual environment in 360˚ throughout.
The footage you view on the headset is created completely by 3D computer graphics. Atlantic Productions worked closely with Dr Greg Edgecombe, the museum paleontologist, in accurately modelling and animating these creatures to truly bring them to life. It was fascinating and unique in the way the production company manages to tell a story in a 360˚ environment and draw your eye to the action. As sea creatures swim past you can’t help but turn your head to follow the action only to find a huge creature lurking behind you! Being immersed in bubbles or far too up close and personal with dangerous predators makes the exhibition exhilarating and educational.
The exhibition has been a huge sucess and as a result the National History Museum has decided to extend the exhibition until 6th September 2015, so if you fancy diving into a truly cutting edge VR meuseum experince you can book tickets on their website.
With growing interest and popularity companies are finding new and innovative ways to use VR to create unique experiences, tell stories and truly draw you into a world that takes you to another reality. It’s easy to see that VR is here to stay.
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