A little background:
Architect, photographer, videographer, traveller, app developer, creator, with a great interest in virtual reality. I have completed a Master’s in Architecture, with my final thesis aptly titled “Infinite Regress: The Blurring of an Architectural Game-space”. My thesis explored the various game spaces and the inter-wining space between reality and the virtual world, touching on virtual reality in the process.
I am not new to creating my own projects and have some of my photography published.
With the vast amount of work being done on the hardware end to virtual reality, it is a good time to continue my work in the field of alternative video capture, projection, immersivity and virtual reality technologies. I have been experimenting with the immersive 360 degree video capture and have been keeping up with the latest news on Virtual Reality, namely the Oculus Rift.
I want to transport a person on an exercise bike across the world. Using today's innovations and consumer Virtual Reality’s amazing power of immersion, I would like to be the first and best to bring a large amount of media to new users, as this technology comes to the market at a large scale. The media will be 360-degree surround videos, captured by powerful high frame cameras. I would like to take users to amazing places around the world, as they spin on bike in a gym or from the comfort of their own home.
Using the 360 Heroes rig above, I have done some test and a sample to watch is available here.
I plan to bring a large amount of high quality video content to the masses. As virtual reality headsets and glasses become widespread, with a massive investment as we see today, users will need to experience something new. Immersing users and simultaneously giving them a great experience to help them exercise would be an ultimate goal. I will be using the funding and status of the project to either funding or sponsored cameras and equipment from companies that will provide them. I hope to create videos beyond the 8000x4000 resolution, which would be view through high resolution Head Mounted Displays.
Imagine riding a bicycle in the countryside of Vietnam, along the beach in Barcelona or in the Alps in Austria to only name a few examples. The location possibilities are truly endless, and users will be able to download them and to experience them over and over again.
A deeper, more embracing concept integral to the videos will be the immersive discovery of places around the world. With such a different array of life, be it varying economic, climatic and cultural, the users will open themselves to new outlooks on life in various parts of the world.
Virtual Reality head mounted displays will be coming on to the market in a big way, by various manufacturers such as Oculus Rift, Sony Morpheus, Avegant Glyph and Samsung Gear VR to name the most popular. I want to make ready an ample amount of content when this takes hold powerful media takes hold.
In a gym setting, the gym can have the option to set up a projection system that will project on 3 or 4 walls from the fantastic footage, for a collective ride.
Risks and challenges
Some risks and challenges will be the amount of time it will take to complete these videos. Some powerful laptops and many harddrives may need to be transported to test the footage taken. I don't want to leave a certain place until getting it perfect. Keeping the footage and equipment safe will require some research. On the other hand, it will be easier and much quicker to compile the footage back home on a PC, with higher processing power.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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