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The godfather of nature documentaries is making one for the Oculus Rift

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Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2014 01:17 AM by AlexMuller

Sir David Attenborough may be 87 years old, but he's still embracing the latest technology. After spending 60 years sharing nature's marvels with documentary series like Planet Earth and Life, his latest work may appear in virtual reality.

 

According to a report at Realscreen, the upcoming Conquest of the Skies is currently filming with a special eight-camera rig to deliver 360-degree video for users of the upcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. While we don't actually know the subject matter of the film, you can expect some airborne footage, as the eight-camera rig was recently used in a flight over Borneo.

 
Oculus recently achieved mainstream recognition when it was purchased by Facebook for $2 billion, and an Attenborough documentary likely won't hurt its success. The success of the film, however, won't rely on Oculus and Facebook. Conquest of the Skies will actually be Attenborough's seventh stereoscopic 3D film, produced through a partnership with the UK's Sky 3D television channel. The program is slated to air in late 2014.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-13
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I am not surprised! Sir David Attenborough has always been impressed with latest as advances in technology and used them so well to present nature to the public - clearly he recognises the future of VR is promising Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-13
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As someone just stated " This seals it. Definitely buying the Oculus Rift." Great news!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-13
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For sure, virtual reality has the potential to completely revolutionize entertainment as we know it. One day, we'll all be wearing VR headsets and enjoying our games and movies with total depth immersion Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-13
+1
The best thing about this is that Sir David Attenborough will be doing the series and not someone else, no one does nature documentaries better than him. Great show for Oculus!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-13
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Yes, if this is anything like Life or Planet Earth, this alone is sufficient to make the Oculus feel like a worthy buy. Here’s hoping the final price would be less than $400. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-13
+2
Recently we had some very big news regarding Oculus and VR! First 2 billion from Facebook and a leader in the field, Valve Software‘s virtual-reality guru Michael Abrash, joining - this should ensure that great developments and achievements follow soon. Having Sir David using it is going to be an enormous influence! Reply


 

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