Dogwood Initiative Simulate Oil Spill Through Oculus Rift
As previously established, the field of virtual reality is not only restricted to gaming and has slowly started expanding to incorporate awareness about many issues in the world. One of these issues has been tackled by an environmental group that goes by the name of Dogwood Initiative.
To alert Americans to the plight of the world and our deteriorating circumstances due to our own carelessness, the Dogwood Initiative used the Oculus Rift headset to simulate an oil spill in B.C.’s coast. This virtual reality video showed the extent of the damage that was being done to our water bodies all over the world.
The Dogwood Initiative was brought into reality about 15 years ago with the goal of being the biggest non-profit organization in British Columbia. The core team is based in Victoria, Vancouver and other areas surrounding British Columbia. The rest of their team works in communities all over the country and is dedicated to being the most effective and innovative association when it comes to environmental change. The basic aim of Dogwood Initiative is to empower the locals of British Columbia to be the decision makers in matters of land and water. Most of British Columbia’s land and water bodies are being ruined by timber, mining and oil companies. This is hazardous to both the environment and the people living in nearby areas. The depth of pollution and damage caused by these companies can literally boggle the mind.
The organization set up virtual reality headsets using Oculus Rift’s products, disguised inside pairs of coin operated binoculars along the English Bay. Visitors were encouraged to look through the binoculars which then showed them the horror of what oil spills could do to their beautiful land and sea. These people were not warned before hand of what they would encounter through the viewing lens, which is why the impact was even more effective.
A 3-D animated version of the destruction an oil spill can cause was shown to these innocent viewers. The images show an orca whale who is dying because of the dangerous oil, sand defiled with all sorts of horrible debris, and poisonous clouds of thick black smoke being blown into the sky. Pools of slick oil on fire are also shown, to make the images even more realistic. Although the images seem disastrous and uncontrollable, this is only one small part affected. Imagine what would happen if this happened on a mass scale? These binoculars were only installed for one single day but they may be brought back soon by the Dogwood Initiative. Virtual Reality Times will keep updating you with the latest information available about the many uses of virtual reality through Oculus Rift headsets.