How VR Can Help You See World Wonders Before They Disappear

How VR Can Help You See World Wonders Before They Disappear

A tech-based preservation technique ensures future generations can see extinct landscapes

Lara Piras
  • 18 april 2016

Arguably the most talked about technology of last year, it looks as though 2016 will follow suit as a new VR concept aimed at future generations blends 360-degree video with VR.

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A new Kickstarter project named Catalog.Earth has been successfully backed to produce a 360-degree 4K video for VR purposes of the Columbia Glacier in Alaska. With urbanization, deforestation, tourism, war, and climate change transforming the world before us, two students aim to capture the quickly fading, iconic sight. An endangered landscape, the glacier descends from an ice field 3,050 meters (10,000 feet) above sea level, down the flanks of the Chugach Mountains and into a narrow inlet that leads into Prince William Sound in southeastern Alaska. It is known as one of the most rapidly changing glaciers in the world and will cease around 2020, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder. Alongside the super detailed, high res 360 video, the project’s founders also aims to deliver audio recordings so users can truly grasp what the environment feels like to be in.

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