Alchemy Virtual Reality Experiences at The Australian Museum

After a remarkably successful sell-out run at London’s Natural History Museum, David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Virtual Reality Dive experience is now at The Australia Museum in Sydney. Audiences get the chance to sit next to Sir David and explore the astonishing plants and wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef in a state-of-the-art submersible, as featured in the award-winning TV series David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef. Also showing at the The Australia Musuem is David Attenborough’s First Life Virtual Reality experience; transporting viewers back millions of years to the very dawn of life on Earth and into the oceans with the very first species to exist on our planet. Learn more about the making of these extraordinary experiences from executive producer and CEO Anthony Geffen talking to 2GB Radio and ABC Far North. and producer David Bradshaw on ABC Radio, or  Mashable.

 

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.

 

Mantis Shrimp Vision VR now at the Natural History Museum

Alchemy VR has produced a new experience for the Natural History Museum in London, featured as part of their Colour and Vision exhibition. Visitors will be able to see the world through the eyes of the remarkable mantis shrimp; a small ocean-dweller with one of the most unusual and fascinating visual systems on the planet. Find out more here.

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.

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

Guardian First Life Article

”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. 

 

8 awesome virtual reality experiences everyone needs to try

VR in the home doesn’t really take off until 2016, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sample some great immersive experiences without splashing out on a headset. Trusted Reviews have picked out some awesome VR experiences to try out, including David Attenborough’s First Life VR experience:

“As if the combination of Sir David Attenborough’s dulcet tones and the BBC’s award-winning nature cinematography haven’t proved immersive enough in 2D, now you can get it in true 3D at the National History Museum. Promising to take you on a 3D journey to meet some of the Earth’s earliest inhabitants, David Attenborough’s First Life VR experience once again utilises Samsung’s Gear VR system to bring to life ancient sea creatures”

Read the full article

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Alchemy VR is live…and we’re featured in Tech Crunch!

We’re really excited to announce Alchemy VR to the world today. It’s been the product of months of hard work, enthusiasm for wrangling with ever-changing pieces of hardware and technology and late-night creative sessions – but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Tech Crunch has written a great article about who we are and what we’ve got planned for for the future. We’d love to hear what you think about it all, just drop us a message or follow us on twitter or facebook and we’ll keep you up to date with what we’re getting up to at Alchemy VR.

 

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