Virtual reality (VR) fans are likely familiar with both cinematic VR company Jaunt and VR videogame developer, Ghost Machine VR. The former has been producing 360 degree live action experiences for head-mounted displays (HMDs) while the latter is developing titles such as Orc Assault and Endless Dead. This week has seen the pair reveal that they are teaming up along with Veterans United Foundation and Central Missouri Honor Flight to offer a unique new VR experience, Honor Everywhere 360.
Honor Everywhere 360 is an extension of the Honor Flight experience, which flies out Veterans to their memorials in Washington D.C.. The piece takes advantage of VR by allowing those that can’t physically make it to these memorials to be brought there virtually. Jaunt will be filming the experience on 28th May 2015, with Ghost Machine VR providing 3D visualization and interactive storytelling support. Once completed, the videos will be available on Android smartphones with support for the Google Cardboard HMD.
“While we will continue to locate WWII Veterans for Honor Flights, sadly, their health is too poor or they are reluctant to go due to their age,” Steve Paulsell, flight director of Central Missouri Honor Flight said. “One Veteran even told me he was afraid that if he left his house that he might die. Honor Everywhere 360 will now give these heroes a chance to really experience the magnitude of these hallowed grounds. Technology has given our Veterans a real chance to see their memorials while confined to their homes, hospital rooms or even beds.”
VRFocus will continue to follow Jaunt and Ghost Machine VR’s work, reporting back with the latest updates on the companies.