As virtual reality (VR) technology finally starts to approach consumer availability, developers are beginning to capitalise on potential that’s only be talked about for the past few years. Education, for example, is set to be a big part of VR’s future, but teams are only just starting to work out how. UK-based team Chronicles VR is one such team, this week announcing a new VR experience for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) that it will soon be showcasing in a closed public viewing at the Great North Museum in Newcastle.
Chronicles VR has created an original Greek villa in VR. Strapping on the Oculus Rift, players are able to explore this villa, inspecting virtual artefacts, the real versions of which can be found in the museum itself. The piece is designed to give users a look at how some of these artefacts, which include vases that date back 2,000 years, would look in their original setting. The project has received limited funding from both Gateshead Council and Newcastle University and uses 3D scanning to create a convincing experience.
Those interested in experience this title for themselves can currently head to the official Chronicles VR website. There users will find a sign-up form for the event, which takes places between 10:00 and 17:00 GMT on 16th April 2015. Following its display at the Great North Museum the developer will be taking the piece over to the Museum Next Conference in Geneva, Switzerland from 19th – 21st April. It’s not been revealed when the piece might be made more accessible to museum visitors or if it will be released to Oculus Rift owners.
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