Sir David Attenborough to become a hologram for Sky VR documentary

Sir David Attenborough to become a hologram for Sky VR documentary

20th April 2017

Sir David Attenborough is to be turned into a hologram for a virtual reality tour of the Natural History Museum in London that promises to allow users to “handle” rare fossils from the comfort of their own home.

Sky has commissioned the new experience, called Hold the World, which it says is a marriage of interactive video game technology and TV documentary. The public will be able to take the tour, which offers an up close and personal experience with fossils, bones and skulls, with insights from Attenborough, if they have a VR set, controller and phone app.

“Hold the World offers people a unique opportunity: to examine rare objects, some millions of years old,” Attenborough said. “It represents an extraordinary new step in how people can explore and experience nature, all from the comfort of their own homes.”

Sky, which has plans for 12 VR film projects and released two linked to its Formula One coverage, wants to showcase the potential and bolster the popularity of the technology.

“VR and augmented reality have good long-term potential in the market,” said the Sky chief executive, Jeremy Darroch.

Source: Mark Sweney for The Guardian

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