Recently on VRFocus we have been talking a lot about virtual reality (VR) and specifically how it can be used as an aid in preserving history. There was both the story about its use in museums generally and only yesterday we brought you a story about how a future museum, currently being built, is looking to ‘augment history’ through the use of VR. So it is oddly appropriate we begin the week on New To VR with another historical app.
Martello Tower Z is nothing to do with zombies; it is instead a representation of one of the many Martello Towers that were built across the then British Empire back in the 19th century. Used from the Napoleonic era through to World War Two as a defensive outpost, Martello Tower Z walks you around Martello Suffolk Tower as a narrator describes the current scene and how the small forts changed from one era to the next.
Made by Digital VR, Martello Tower Z was made with partial backing from the Lottery Fund as an educational experience and supports the Oculus Rift DK2 head-mounted display (HMD). You can watch a video preview of Martello Tower Z below and you can download the experience from the Oculus VR Share platform.