Yesterday VRFocus reported that WoofbertVR had launched its new app for the Gear VR mobile-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The experience allows players to visit the Wolfson Room at The Courtauld Gallery in London, UK and even includes narration from best-selling author and illustrator, Neil Gaiman. But he’s not the only high-profile figure attached to the app; legendary actor Kevin Spacey has also invested in WoofbertVR as part of his belief in the future of ‘immersive storytelling’.
The Australian Financial Review is reporting that Mr Spacey, most recently known for his work on Netflix’s House of Cards, is also on board as an advisor at the company. “A lot of the early problems with the technology have been solved, it’s time for the content creators to produce,” he said of VR.
Much like Palmer Luckey, the creator of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display, Mr Spacey also thinks that VR will help revolutionise the classroom. “The schoolroom hasn’t changed a whole lot in decades. So imagine being able to slip on the goggles and be at the bottom of the ocean learning about the Pacific, Gettysburg hearing about the Civil War, or on the stage of The Globe in the 1600s, running lines with the actors?”
It was just over a year ago now that Mr Spacey revealed that the Oculus Rift had ‘opened his eyes’ to the possibilities of theatre and VR, imagining a world in which users can sit in the front row of the Sydney Opera House or in the pit of a theatre in the 1600’s. He’s far from the only movie and TV star to be enthusiastic about the future of VR; Pacific Rim and Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro is also excited about the tech as are a number of others.
VRFocus will continue to follow Mr Spacey’s work in VR closely, reporting back with any further updates.