Already in virtual reality (VR) you can visit extraordinary places across the world, from dazzling cities to shimmering sandy beaches. Now a project called WildEyes plans to capture all 59 U.S. national parks in 360 degree VR video, with the help of an IndieGoGo crowd funding campaign.
In 2016 the National Park Service will turn 100 years old and WildEyes wants to celebrate the centenary by documenting all 59 parks in 360 degree VR video. From the Everglades in Florida to the harsh desert of Death Valley in California the team will be travelling across the U.S. in a converted bus that will act as sleeping and eating area as well as a mobile working environment to produce the captured video.
The videos will be playable though a smartphone using a Google Cardboard device. The team at WildEyes will be using the Unofficial Cardboard device, which will be available to backers on some of the reward tiers.
Alongside filming the team will also be developing lesson plans for schools, so the kids can take ‘virtual field trips’ to these national parks without leaving the classroom.
WildEyes is looking to raise $24,960 USD with $1,855 USD already raised at the time of writing.
VRFocus will continue to follow the progress of WildEyes IndieGoGo campaign over the coming weeks and report back.