Experience Space Descent VR with Tim Peake at the Science Museum from 24 March

This morning Alchemy was at Science Museum for the press preview of Space Descent VR with Tim Peake which launches to the public next Thursday 24 March. It was great to see people trying out this amazing experience and we can’t wait for everyone to be able to have a go – you can book your tickets online here

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Visitors at the Science Museum this morning viewing the experience

This is Alchemy’s most ambitious project to date and we’d just like to say thank you to the amazing team that worked on this production, the Science Museum and of course Tim Peake himself who commented that the VR ‘really is breath-taking – and that comes from someone who has spent an awful lot of time using VR systems while training for my first mission. Science Museum visitors are going to experience something that truly is very close to the real thing.’

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Behind the scenes with Tim Peake at Alchemy VR and Tim Peake with founder and CEO Anthony Geffen

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First Life VR Wins Innovation Award

The First Life virtual reality experience has won a Museum & Heritage Award for Innovation, given jointly to Alchemy VR and the Natural History Museum in London. Narrated by David Attenborough, this immersive experience takes audiences into the depths of the Cambrian oceans to the very dawn of life where they encounter the first animals ever to live on this planet, brought to life in visually-stunning and scientifically accurate CGI.  The judges commented that it was an outstanding piece of work which set the benchmark for the future in museums. First Life was previously available in London’s Natural History Museum from July to December 2015, and is now showing at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

For more about the Museum & Heritage Awards and the 2016 winners, click here

 

A Look at the Museum of the Future

There’s a revolution afoot inside museums as technology sparks experiments in exhibit design. From virtual reality to 4-D films, read the full article from the Wall Street Journal to find out what to expect. Here’s what the WSJ had to say about ‘David Attenborough’s First Life Virtual Reality Experience’

London’s Natural History Museum scored a popular hit with “First Life,” a virtual-reality film starring hallucinogenic ocean creatures brought to audiences in color using museum-backed research. Visitors wear headsets inside a 65-seat theater and experience 360-degree views of prehistoric sea life swimming around them. Producer Anthony Geffen said the educational film goes beyond the “dusty little fossils” also featured in the exhibit. Mr. Geffen, who made the film with British broadcaster David Attenborough, said seven American museums plan to show it.

Power to the pixel: First Life VR previews at ‘Virtual Stories’ exhibition

Virtual Stories (10-18 Oct)

Power to the Pixel and BFI London Film Festival invite you to experience the latest in virtual reality and immersive storytelling at this free exhibition at BFI IMAX. Exhibiting 16 projects from some of the world’s greatest VR creators, audience members will experience an immersive journey into the world of VR stories, spanning fiction, documentary, animation and art, including a free preview of First Life VR. Find out more about the ‘Virtual Stories’ exhibition here.

 

 

Alchemy VR and Google Bring Virtual-Reality to Classrooms Around the World

Today Google launched their ambitious virtual-reality education program that will take students on virtual field trips using Google Cardboard headsets. 

Alchemy VR has been working on a series of Expeditions following a partnership that was announced at Google’s annual I/O conference earlier this year. The Expeditions focus on a variety of curriculum topics – from Biology to Natural History – with some featuring the acclaimed naturalist David Attenborough. 

The Expeditions Pioneer Program is rolling out in schools around the world during the 2015/2016 school year. 

 

First Life VR launches at the Natural History Museum in London

© Atlantic Productions_Alchemy VR First Life VR launch at the NHM.

© Atlantic Productions_Alchemy VR First Life VR launch at the NHM.

To everyone who’s been waiting to hear what we’ve been doing, we’re finally there. We’re pleased to announce that First Life VR launched at the Natural History Museum in London this morning. Thanks to Samsung, the Natural History Museum and Atlantic Productions for helping to make this happen! You can get tickets for the event at this link on the NHM Website.

If you haven’t yet seen it, check out the trailer for the project below which Wired posted just a few days ago. We’ve had a lot of emails over the last couple of weeks and not much time to respond, so we’re sorry for that. Now that First Life has a home at the Museum we’ll be a bit more talkative. If you’re in London, get down to the Natural History Museum to check it out, and if you own a VR headset, stay tuned.