Apollo 15 Moon Landing VR App

Apollo 15 mission on the moon

Apollo 15 Virtual Reality App

We are descending onto the surface of the moon, you can hear the jets guiding your Luna pod toward the grey surface! We land then you exit the pod and slide down the stairs, you look out and you can see Earth floating before you! This is the experience of the Apollo 15 Moon Landing Virtual Reality App. Going through this process drives home how brave these Astronauts were, in space and alone!

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Once you are on the Moon follow the basic navigation prompts to help you put together the Luna Rover and then explore. I found myself drawn toward the Earth floating in the black sky, it was not a full Earth but more a Half Earth. Imagine being there looking at that for real? Well this is the next best thing. The other surprising thing is the Sun, it looks distinctively different from how it is on Earth, I wonder if it is really like that?

I found myself drawn toward the Earth floating in the black sky, it was not a full Earth but more a Half Earth

Driving the Rover is quite easy, once you are started you turn by which direction you look. The Moon surface is very hilly and the craters are many so be careful when driving around, we don’t want to lose you out there. I actually took advantage of the lack of gravity by driving off craters and catching some air, really fun. The most amazing fact that I learnt at the end of my time on the Moon was that one of the Astronauts spent 2 days solid on the Moon!

Imagine that.

You can read more about the Apollo 15 mission here, it is quite the story online task manager. At the bottom of this Wikipedia post there is a bunch of video from that Moon landing and mission. One of the coolest videos is of an Astronaut testing Galileo’s theory by dropping a Hammer and Feather and seeing which one hits the ground first.

Take a trip to Mars on a School Bus with extreme Virtual Reality

Here at AusTechVR we love hearing about awesome uses of Virtual Reality Technology and this is one of them. Imagine, sitting on a school bus and then looking out the window and seeing Mars!

This is what Lockheed Martin did with a school bus in the USA. The Technology used behind the scenes with the coding and the Technology used within the bus is tremendous. Just sit back and watch this amazing Vimeo video and imagine what will we be seeing 5 years from now.
 

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A stroll through Vincent Van Gogh’s world via Virtual Reality

We happened upon this great YouTube Video and it is very interesting this page. It shows a kid strolling through some of the worlds painted by Vincent Van Gogh. I am not a big art fan but it is curious that this is our second post in a row on Art and Virtual Reality co-existing.

Anyway, sit back and check this out!

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Google Arts and Culture Virtual Reality App

Google Art and Culture App

There are always great new Apps being developed by many groups, Google is one that just keeps on giving. This latest Google Arts and Culture App is brilliant and caters to a different audience than one that you would normally associate with Virtual Reality (VR).

This App can be used independently to search and find information on your favorite artist or the colour yellow in expressionist art! I have been on a few of the VR tours in my Google Cardboard. The first tour was of Robin Island Prison in South Africa which once was home to Nelson Mandela. I have also been on a tour of the Dulwich Picture Gallery which was fascinating.

There are many other tours that you can complete whilst you are wearing your Google Cardboard Headset such as a Virtual Tour of the Street Art scene in Rome. Or if you prefer a tour around the ancient Greek temple, Zues!

As well as this you also have a function called an Art Recognizer! To use this you simply point your phone at a painting in say the Dulwich Picture Gallery that we mentioned earlier and it will give you all the info on that piece of work. This function is limited to only select Museum’s and Gallery’s around the globe. This will will soon grow to include more and more locations so watch this space.

This App is brand new and does suffer from some thin information here and there but it will certainly fill out and become a valuable companion on your phone. You cannot beat it when you feel like throwing your Google Cardboard Headset on and touring an art location. It is Apps like this that really are useful that show how useful that this technology is getting. Art and Culture is important, you can now be with it at all times!

You cannot beat it when you feel like throwing your Google Cardboard Headset on and touring an art location

We do recommend installing this App and enjoying everything it has to offer. You can read more on this App via Google’s Blog Post on the Art and Culture App. You can get this App either at the Itunes Store or Google Play Store.

Sit back and enjoy the video.