One of the most popular ideas for virtual reality (VR) experiences is undoubtedly virtual museums. Using head-mounted displays (HMDs) developers can either create brand new exhibitions or recreate world-famous ones, allowing users to tour them without ever having to leave their own homes and inspect items without the risk of damaging them. We’ve seen plenty of examples of this over the past few years but, this week, HTC has revealed its own official exhibition in its homeland of Taiwan that uses its upcoming HMD, the HTC Vive, which is co-created by Valve and its SteamVR system.
As reported on Focus Taiwan, the company has revealed a partnership with Taiwan’s National Palace Museum that turns one of the site’s art exhibitions into what it describes as an interactive showroom. Those attending the museum’s Lang Shining New Media Art Exhibition will be able to put on the HTC Vive and inspect the details of 8 paintings by Italian artist Giuseppe Castiglione, who served as a Jesuit missionary in China some 300 years ago, later adopting the Chinese name of Lang Shining.
The piece has been created as a celebration of the National Palace Museum’s 90th anniversary. As seen in an official HTC photo below, it uses the HTC Vive’s position-tracked controllers. It’s not clear if it also utilises SteamVR’s main feature, the Room Scale tracking that allows users to talk within an area of up to 15-feet by 15-feet and have those movements replicated within the experience. The HTC Vive itself is expected to launch in a limited fashion before the end of the year before enjoying a wider release later in 2016.
The kit is yet to receive a full price. VRFocus will continue to follow the HTC vive closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the kit and its compatible experiences.