Hang out with a hologram of Sir David Attenborough thanks to VR

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Sky has teamed up with London’s Natural History Museum to assist fulfil the lifelong dream of many a pure historical past fan: to hang around with, and be educated by, the legendary documentary maker Sir David Attenborough.

Sky is making a digital actuality model of Attenborough as a part of a “three-dimensional hologram” expertise dubbed Hold the World. It will take guests on a one-on-one tour behind the in any other case inaccessible glass circumstances of the Natural History Museum, permitting them to go “hands-on” with the artefacts inside. Meanwhile, Attenborough will provide insights into the gathering, which incorporates fossils, bones, and skulls.

Unfortunately for HTC Vive followers, Hold the World will solely be launched on Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and iOS. Press pictures present Attenborough monkeying round with an Oculus Rift VR headset, full with Oculus Touch controllers, which reveals that irrespective of how sensible, revered, or clever you might be, carrying a VR headset is assured to make you look a bit derpy.

Hold the World is being created by Sky VR Studio in partnership with “immersive content studio” Factory 42, which was began by former Sky Arts and Sky 3D boss John Cassy in 2016. Sky made its first foray into digital actuality final 12 months with a VR cellular app, which showcased content material from its movie and sports activities channels.

The partnership was introduced alongside Sky’s monetary outcomes for the nine-month interval ended March 31, 2017. While income was up, income fell 11 % to £1 billion, which Sky attributed to the elevated value of Premier League soccer matches. It additionally claimed to have performed a fairly good job of holding on to broadband clients, regardless of one other spherical of worth hikes.

Those eager to present Hold the World a go may need a wait on their arms: it is solely scheduled to enter manufacturing “later this year.”

That stated, should you’re eager for some Attenborough VR motion proper now, First Life—a narrated tour of the beginnings of life within the historical Cambrian ocean—is on the market on PlayStation VR. Just be careful for the scary large squid factor.

This publish originated on Ars Technica UK


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