Now you can slide down Europe’s tallest constructing in VR.
Guests to London’s “The View from The Shard” experience (1020ft) are getting an added bonus on their visit this month, with The Shard opening up two VR experiences on the viewing deck.
You’ll be able to strap on an Oculus Rift VR headsets and hurtle at 100mph down imaginary open-air tubes corkscrewing across the skyscraper. Or you possibly can take a nerve wrecking step throughout a girder on top of London’s sky line utilizing physique movement monitoring expertise paired to a HTC Vive.
Each experiences have been in-built Unity and comprise a mixture of high-resolution 360° HDRI photographs and a full-scale CGI mannequin of the shard.
Daniel Cheetham, the CIO of Completely satisfied End, who produced The Slide experience, expressed pleasure on the experiential potentialities of VR converging with real-world environments.
“We can now use virtual reality to totally immerse someone in an experience that would have previously only been available to the imagination,” stated Cheetham. “We are able to elicit emotional responses that really feel completely actual—with The Slide we instantly evoke worry, pleasure and exhilaration equally by making individuals consider they’re actually sliding out of the Shard on an adrenaline-fueled journey.”
In the meantime, Adrian Leu, Chief Govt of Inition, producers of Vertigo defined how VR can allow you to take actions in your surroundings that you simply’d by no means be capable of do with out.
“Try to balance on a narrow girder, take a construction elevator to the top or just take in the view from an open platform at dizzy heights while wind rushes around and the city noises envelop you,” stated Leu. “It’s all in the power of virtual reality to fool your senses and to transport you in time and to a place which otherwise you would only dream to visit.”
Some hilarious social media posts have already made their approach onto the online, and we’re guessing this one specifically might be somebody’s first experience in VR…
The experiences are for ages 12 and up, run till August 4th, and may be bought with the £26 “View From The Shard” tickets as an extra price.