The Wild Atlantic Way on the West coast of Ireland is being captured in a whole new way, with specialised 360 degree videos that you can explore using virtual reality.
It’s an initiate by Fáilte Ireland to bring an extra dimension to the way they showcase the stunning beauty of our fair island using the latest emerging technology. A unique camera rig was created which includes multiple GoPro cameras mounted at different angles. With their wide lenses, these cameras capture a large amount of data which is then assembled using complex software to stitch the different videos together.
The result is a video which plays out as normal but also allows you to look around as though it was actually happening live. With a VR headset like the Oculus Rift, users would feel like they were at the heart of the action – soaring high above the Cliffs of Moher or diving deep beneath the waves of the Atlantic.
It’s just one way this new technology is being used, and an example of how it has a part to play far from videogames or conventional movie experiences. The possibilities for the tourist trade are massive, giving people a firsthand experience of the best of what a country or area has to offer, complete with enveloping sound and images and high production values. Beyond that, it could also provide an opportunity for people who would never have the resources to travel to get an idea of what it’s like to visit far flung areas.
The Oculus Rift VR headset will be available soon at Harvey Norman.