The University of Bradford’s Archaeological Sciences Visualisation Discussion Group, which I’m co-ordinating with fellow PhD researcher Helen McCreary, visited the National Science and Media Museum today for a special guided tour of the new Immersions Exhibition from Dr Annie Jamieson, Curator of Sound Technologies. We were kindly given complimentary access to the Thresholds VR experience designed by Mat Collishaw, a VR reconstruction of the first photography exhibition by William Henry Fox Talbot. The combination of immersive vision, sound, heat and movement (and the technology behind it all) was incredible! Plus as you can see from the top picture makes us look like we’re doing some fabulous robot dancing!
I especially liked the integration of the Leap Motion Controller with the VR headset, so you could virtually see your hands and “pick up” photos from the cabinets and zoom them in and out! It did help to have physical cabinets, railings and windows in place as references of where I was in the real world.
More info about the exhibition is here https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/about-us/press-office/mat-collishaws-thresholds-restages-worlds-first-photography-show-plus-new
Thresholds closes on 7th May so is worth going to while you still can! Immersions is running until 24th June 2018 and is well worth a visit to find out more about the history of immersive experiences that have developed over time. I always enjoy having a play with stereoscopic photos!