Sir David Attenborough is collaborating with Sky Television and the London Natural History Museum on an immersive learning experience.
The project was announced last year but now a trailer along with new details have been released. The virtual reality (VR) experience will allow users to immerse themselves in the London Natural History Museum in a one-on-one audience with the world-renowned, Sir David Attenborough.
Titled Hold The World, viewers will be able to get hands-on with virtual recreations of some of the oldest and rarest fossils in the world, as well as skulls and other bones belonging to extinct creatures. All of this is of course accompanied by Sir David Attenborough, who was filmed by more than 100 camera to allow for a highly detailed digitally recreation. Users will be able to pick up, hold, enlarge and expand the rare objects, offering unparalleled access to explore and learn about some of the world’s rarest natural history specimens.
Talking about the project Sir David Attenborough said: ”Sharing my passion for the natural world is something I have done for many years through different technologies, from the days of black-and-white TV to colour, HD, 3D, 4K and now virtual reality. Hold the World is an extraordinary next step in how we can communicate and educate people about experiences they wouldn’t usually have access to in the real world. I am delighted about what users can learn and discover from the Natural History Museum’s treasures in this new VR experience – it really is one of the most convincing and bewitching experiences that the world of technology has yet produced.”
The experience is said to last between 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the how users choice to journey through the experience. A number of locations from the museum are available meaning a user is free to explore at their own pace and spend as much time with Sir David Attenborough as they wish. You can see a trailer for Hold The World below which offers a taste of the experience along with a short interview from Sir David.
Hold The World will be releasing in Spring within the Sky VR app on Google Daydream View, Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift.
Other VR projects in a similar vain include the British Museum’s Two Million Years of History and Humanity project, which is available now on the Oculus Store and the VR recreation of destroyed artifacts from the Mosul Museum.
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