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Becoming A Tree In Virtual Reality

Nest caterpillars in your arms, and watch the days pass.

Sometimes I save articles and then forget about them, which is what happened with this wonderful piece from last year. It’s by Mark Wilson about a VR project from the MIT Media Lab. The title of his article was “Escape From The Horror Of 2017 By Becoming A Tree” but I’m sure you’d agree that’s something we need even more in 2018.  Enjoy.

“Is it possible to experience being another lifeform?”

That’s the foundational question asked by Tree, an unusually immersive VR app developed at MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group. Featured on Prosthetic Knowledge, the short experience places you inside the bark of a tree in the Peruvian rainforest. But you don’t just get a view of the forest around you. You feel it, too.

Because of a suite of technologies, as you rise from the dirt, sprouting from seedling into a full-grown tree, a fan blows wind over your skin, like the passing breeze, as a smell machine pipes in what I can only assume is the fragrant green funk of a forest canopy after the rain. Cont’d at Escape From The Horror Of 2017 By Becoming A Tree | Co.Design

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David Attenborough and producer dive deep into potential of VR

Source: David Attenborough and producer dive deep into potential of VR | Media | The Guardian

I am sitting in the Natural History Museum and have just been lunged at by a giant swimming scorpion with glittering eyes. It’s so scary I instinctively duck and cower in my seat.

These are the final few seconds of First Life, an experiment in using virtual reality to tell the story of the natural world that is narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and being shown at the South Kensington museum’s educational studio named after the world-famous naturalist.

First Life recreates the startling sunlit Cambrian ocean of 540m years ago and the extraordinary early creatures which suddenly developed, based on fossils and knowledge from the museum’s acclaimed palaeontologist Dr Greg Edgecombe. MORE: David Attenborough and producer dive deep into potential of VR | Media | The Guardian