Posted by: crudbasher | June 12, 2015

A VR Star Wars Experience

I have often seen movies described as an “Experience”. While there have been certain movies that have moved me a bit, overall I prefer a real life experience to a film one. In real life you use all your senses to process what is happening. I feel like the more senses involved and the fidelity of that information helps to clarify a memory. This is why Virtual Reality is so intriguing. Rather than being a passive viewer, in VR you are actively participating in the experience. VR has been around for a while but it is only recently that the conflux of smartphone technology, video game technology and the Internet has made worthwhile VR feasible for a relatively low cost. This technology is going to impact the world in a substantial way including in the field of Education.

Do you have problems with your students falling asleep during class? Do they use their phones and laptops to do other things? They won’t in VR.

Check out a VR product being worked on right now. H/T theverge.com

There is a lot of excitement about the upcoming Star Wars franchise refresh, but Lucasfilm, Skywalker Sound, and Industrial Light & Magic have just announced what might be the coolest news yet. The companies have formed ILM Experience Lab, or ILMxLab, for the express purpose of creating virtual and augmented reality experiences, and they’re starting with the galaxy far, far away.

The Star Wars experiences created by ILMxLab will debut later this year alongside or even before the debut of The Force Awakens, according to USA Today. And just like ILM and Skywalker Sound work with other filmmakers, the new division will eventually offer its services to Hollywood as well.

Here’s the video.

Now just imagine using this to explore history, physics, and economics. This is a very cool technology and it’s going to be here in Q1 2016.

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