Our clients, Museum at Prairiefire, invited the Lifted Logic team to their museum in Overland Park to test their new exhibit – virtual reality in Kansas City – Stonehenge VR.
Each Lifted Logic employee put on a HTC Vive headset, took a control in each hand and within minutes we transported across the world, through time and space, to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Once we were in the virtual reality experience we witnessed the breathtaking landscapes of the Stonehenge as if we were there in person.
Move in VR Just Like You Move in Real Life.
Each of us were able to turn our heads and bodies to view our surroundings, pick up elements in the virtual world and even toss them as if we held them directly in our hand. This feature is unique to the HTC Vive and has impressed other users!
According to the Guardian, “the ability to walk around within your virtual space, as well as turn your head, is impressive.”
So what was it like in the virtual reality experience?
For our content strategist, Taylor Lay, it was her first experience with virtual reality in Kansas City and wasn’t sure exactly what she would expect.
“Once the headset is placed over your eyes it can be a little intimidating. You initially see what looks like a force field and for a moment you lose a sense of depth and space. Really the best way to approach the experience is through an open mind and just let your body explore the virtual reality. The program was very clear explaining how to use all of the controls!”
“You begin in what appears to be a spacecraft. Have you seen the Hunger Games? It felt like I was in a spacecraft transporting me to an arena. When you’re actually in Stonehenge it felt like I was in a world similar to Avatar. The graphics were unbelievable and the visuals created an fantasy, dream-like experience.”
For an agency specializing in web design in Kansas City – digital consumer experiences are our bread and butter. Regardless if virtual reality in Kansas City is out of our scope now, not to acknowledge it as a powerful tool in the future? We would be kidding ourselves.
Okay okay, what is virtual reality in Kansas City anyway?
According to Virtual Reality Society, virtual reality is the name used to describe “a three-dimensional, computer generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person. That person becomes part of this virtual world or is immersed within this environment and whilst there, is able to manipulate objects or perform a series of actions.”
Why Virtual Reality?
Virtual reality devices goes beyond watching videos, it has the power to deliver a truer VR experience – essentially, putting you inside a video game. You move, look and play just as in real life, except the world around you is computer-simulated.
“What gives you that next layer of amazingness in VR is that you’re the one in control,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman said to Rolling Stone. “You can look left and look right, and your brain gets the feedback it expects.”
Is Virtual Reality in Kansas City here to stay?
Well, yes. Brands such as HTC, Sony and Microsoft have launched or are building virtual reality packages to be sold in the consumer market. According to Rolling Stone, Goldman Sachs predicts all of this to become an $80 billion industry by 2025.
It’s not just here to make money, but change our experiences…
Rolling Stone continues to explain:
“VR aims to alter our lives in staggering ways. Instead of chatting with a friend on a webcam, you’ll “teleport” into a shared simulation and interact as if you’re, for example, walking down a re-creation of the same Brooklyn street together. Instead of watching Jurassic World in a theater, you’ll look up at a dinosaur slobbering over you.”
But it’s also educational…
Some people might automatically perceive VR as another gaming accessory. While that holds validity, virtual reality has educational benefits. Our client, Museum at Prairiefire, is a natural history and science museum. Collaborating with the American Museum of Natural History, they create exhibits to further science education.
Visitors can explore the theories of Stonehenge’s construction, travel through time at different points during its construction, and witness breathtaking landscapes made all the more stunning by the Virtual Theater system.
How do I try virtual reality??
Only time will tell to see the impact of virtual reality. In the meantime, check our Museum at Prairiefire’s Stonehenge virtual reality exhibit. Currently, the exhibit is open to members only. So either join as a member (<— ugh yes!) or wait until it’s open to the public? Yeah probably the first option, it’s that cool.