National Geographic immediately launched the first-ever 3D VR video filmed in space. Featuring footage captured each inside and out of doors the International Space Station (ISS) the clip is a tremendous glimpse of one thing solely a handful of people have ever seen.
The video was filmed by National Geographic in partnership with Humaneyes Technologies aboard the ISS for the TV present “One Strange Rock,” a documentary collection targeted on describing the Earth as seen by astronauts.
Other VR experiences have sought to recreate the expertise of being an astronaut in space, corresponding to BBC’s Home: A VR Spacewalk, however that is the first time a 3D VR expertise has been created utilizing precise footage from the ISS.
The incontrovertible fact that it’s actual doesn’t make it any much less breathtaking than VR environments created utilizing graphics engines. Seeing the Earth outdoors of the ISS in immersive 360 video invokes the similar ‘floating’ feeling as different space-themed VR experiences.
It was filmed utilizing a Vuze VR digital camera which, based on Humaneyes Technologies CEO Shahar Bin-Nun, was the “perfect companion” for astronauts to movie with:
We have been thrilled when the Vuze VR Camera handed the check to go to space. It’s really a once-in-a-lifetime alternative to showcase the genuinely immersive experiences the digital camera creates, permitting viewers to really feel as in the event that they have been on the ISS themselves.
You can watch the video utilizing no matter display you’re studying this on, however the expertise can’t really be appreciated with out an immersive headset. It’s obtainable on Rift, Vive, Gear VR, Windows Mixed Reality, and different fashionable headsets.
I checked it out on the Oculus Rift and was blown away by the sensation of viewing the Earth in a approach that, as one astronaut in the video opined, people have been by no means meant to see.
The remainder of the ISS footage will probably be revealed in the remaining episode of “One Strange Rock,” set to air on National Geographic on 28 May. For extra info take a look at the show’s website.
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