Summer is slowly winding down, but keep your chin up as you can carry on to enjoy it if you put on your head-mounted display (HMD) and crank up the heat in your house with superswell VR’s Tahiti virtual reality (VR) experience.
The Los Angeles based studio has produced this experience along with Tahiti Tourisme, and there will be a series of VR 360 videos where the islands of Tahiti will be captured in all their glory. “viewers will feel like they can reach out and grab black-tip reef sharks as they glide past” – although it can’t be said that this is an entirely desirable thing to do – “or wander out to the balcony of their overwater bungalow to watch the sunset.”
There are three experiences to try out: the first is a boat ride around Mount Otemanu to the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa to stay at an overwater bungalow and have breakfast delivered by a canoe. The second lets the user explore underwater on a snorkel safari, followed by a cooking demonstration. For the third experience, viewers can see the island of Huahine to learn about the history, culture, and religion of its people.
“The superswell VR team beautifully captured the visual aspects of The Islands of Tahiti,” said Jonathan Reap, Managing Director, Tahiti Tourisme North America. “We debuted this compelling and immersive content at the Tahiti Tourisme North America Business Forum, and they were blown away. Everyone was thrilled at the chance to be able to bring The Islands of Tahiti to potential travelers in such a visual and innovative technology and share what makes the islands one of the most desirable locations in the world.”
This Tahiti experience is viewable in Google Cardboard and Gear VR, as well as on Facebook and YouTube’s 360 players on the desktop. There is a behind the scenes video below, and the YouTube version of the first episode as well as the Samsung Gear VR is available right now.
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