With Virtual Reality, You Can Now Visit Real Life Forbidden Locations
Virtual reality technology has taken the tech industry by storm and every day we continue to find new and exciting ways in which we can put it to good use. It is increasingly becoming popular in many circles and it is not long before we have mass adoption of the technology. It is very obvious to see that the future of virtual reality will go far beyond gaming and entertainment into realms like travel and tourism. The new virtual reality project tagged The Farm 51 seeks to make this leap into tourism, forbidden tourism if you like with their documentary on the totally forbidden and inhabitable Chernobyl.
The Nuclear Disaster of Chernobyl
According to Game Informer, we have reached the 30th anniversary of the infamous Chernobyl disaster which occurred in the city of Pripyat. The developer of The Farm 51 documentary released a tease trailer recently to show us how far they have come with the interactive documentary of the nuclear disaster and give us a glimpse of what to expect.
This disaster occurred on April 26, 1986 when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat exploded. This unleashed a shower of radioactive particles in the surrounding are deeming it the worst nuclear power plant accident in the history of man. Various long term effects like cancer have been reportedly associated with this fall out and they are still being investigated today.
The Farm 51 Documentary
The video will show people the disaster zone 30 years from the actual event that made it what it is today. This video will include 30 real life scans of the disaster site ad use augmented reality to make the experience feel as real as possible. All of the proceeds from the documentary will be donated to the affected families of the nuclear disaster.
This project will be a stepping stone for further such virtual reality projects that will aid us in discovering our historical roots through locations and places that we cannot visit for one reason or the other. Chernobyl is far too dangerous to visit but virtual reality technology has made it possible to do so without the adverse health effects associated with being there physically. This is a very good example of how virtual reality can be utilized in expanding the tourism industry to new horizons and allowing people access to the wonders of the world without spending as much money or time if they were to embark on such journeys physically. You also don’t need to worry about the stress of the journey, hotel and accommodation bills, air fare etc. from the comfort of your living room you can experience the world in high quality video.
The Farm 51 project is set to be released in June on the Oculus Rift.
Audiences around the world and especially those who are privy to the events of 1986 in Pripyat cannot wait for this release and continue to anticipate a very close and touching account of what has become of Chernobyl.