National Geographic did an immersive VR helmet with the same astronaut


In order to promote the series of documentary “One Strange Rock” to be launched at the end of March, National Geographic and Tomorrow Lab jointly launched Space Projection Helmet, a new immersive experience device. You can see at a glance how it differs from the usual VR headset because it is a fully-encased helmet with the same astronaut equipment.

Foreign media Engadget participated in the “National Geographic” small-scale internal measurement activities, we may wish to follow to see the actual experience of this product. It is said that in addition to being shaped like space equipment, the user will feel more risky, and the helmet’s visual experience is different from that of general VR.

First, before putting on the helmet, the staff will help the user put a bracket on the shoulder to fix the helmet. Afterwards, the user will be led to sit in the theater and carefully wear a helmet with the help of the staff. Devindra Hardawar, an editor who participated in the experience, said that this wearing process makes people feel “like really putting on equipment for a space journey.” When everything is ready, the user can pull off the shield of the helmet and get ready to sail.

Compared to a typical VR headset, wearing this helmet may be a bit “claustrophobia,” because your head is really stuck in a small space. But it’s very interesting that you can turn around in this small space and see different “views” just like real astronauts.

Each helmet is equipped with a 720p laser projector and a fisheye lens, which cooperate to project the picture proportionally to the front curved panel. The panel itself is transmissive so other people can see what you see. For sound, it is emitted from the speaker on the user’s shoulder bracket.

I have seen a lot of strange projection equipment, originally had no expectations for the National Geographic helmet. However, when I saw the image of the earth and gradually emerged from the dark background, I began to understand its charm.

Hardawar said. He feels that the visual effect of this helmet is different from that of a general VR headset. Wearing it to watch movies is more like looking at everything through a telescope. The event organizers have also featured a particularly shocking section of the documentary “One Strange Rock”, such as giant volcanic eruptions and thunderstorms, for this helmet experience.

Next, this series of helmets will be sent to various US campuses and planetariums this spring to provide students and enthusiasts with a more entertaining learning experience. Of course, the main role of these helmets is to promote the upcoming large-scale documentary “One Strange Rock” of National Geographic. In order to shoot this total of 10 episodes of the documentary, the team took the camera to 45 countries across six continents and rushed out of the earth into the universe, just to tell the wonderful story of the earth.

source: National Geographic

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