SPACE DESCENT VR WITH TIM PEAKE

We are very excited to announce our next VR museum experience –  Space Descent VR with Tim Peake!

From 24 March 2017 visitors to London’s Science Museum will be able to join ESA astronaut Tim Peake in a virtual reality descent from the International Space Station (ISS) to the steppes of Kazakhstan, in the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.

Earlier this year the Science Museum acquired the actual Soyuz capsule in which Tim Peake returned to Earth in 2016 after 186 days on the ISS. To accompany this landmark acquisition the museum commissioned Alchemy to create an out of this world fully immersive experience. The result is a 12-minute 360 3D state of the art VR experience where museum visitors are transported inside one of the most enduring spacecraft of the modern age. Using the very latest in VR technology they will experience what it feels like to sit inside the Soyuz’s descent module as it takes its journey back to earth, travelling at speeds of over 27,000kph and reaching temperatures of around 1600 degrees c.

Alchemy was lucky enough to be invited to the breakfast launch of the Soyuz capsule earlier today where Tim Peake talked about his incredible journey.

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We are delighted to have worked on this amazing project with an such an incredible partner and can’t wait for everyone to be able to see the experience for themselves. Tickets are available now at http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

We have many more exciting projects about to launch so watch this space!

 

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David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef VR Dive goes to Glastonbury with Greenpeace

Over 3000 festival-goers at this year’s Glastonbury battled through the mud to dive the Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough at the Greenpeace field.

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We were even honoured by a visit from the mighty Michael Eavis himself! As well as founding arguably the world’s best festival, Eavis is also a longtime supporter of Greenpeace and their work.

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Alchemy VR were commissioned by Greenpeace to help raise awareness of the plight of the The Great Barrier Reef: Over 22% of the reef has been destroyed by coral bleaching since the experience was filmed in October 2015.

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It was a great pleasure for the Alchemy team to support Greenpeace in the vital work they do, and we had an awful lot of fun with their wonderful hard-working volunteers and all the lovely people who came and enjoyed the VR Dive too. If you want to know more about the Greenpeace campaign and what you can do to help, please click here.

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.

 

 

First Life VR Wins World Summit Award

We are pleased to announce that First Life VR was among the 40 winners of UN- based World Summit Award, showcasing the world’s best practices in digital innovation. Amid 39 projects from 24 countries First Life VR will be honoured with the World Summit Award. In front of UN representatives, ICT ministries and the private sector Alchemy VR will receive their Award at the World Summit Global Congress in Shenzhen, China, in February 2016. Find out more about the World Summit Awards 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. 

 

‘David Attenborough and producer dive deep into potential of VR’ – The Guardian

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”I am sitting in the Natural History Museum and have just been lunged at by a giant swimming scorpion with glittering eyes. It’s so scary I instinctively duck and cower in my seat.

These are the final few seconds of First Life, an experiment in using virtual reality to tell the story of the natural world that is narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and being shown at the South Kensington museum’s educational studio named after the world-famous naturalist.”

Read the full article at the Guardian. 

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.