Watch Yosemite Tour With Obama In Virtual Reality
Back in June, President Barack Obama visited the Yosemite National Park in California and, while standing in front of the spectacular Yosemite Falls, he talked about Yosemite’s natural beauty, climate change, and conservation. He even told the crowd that you can’t capture such a beauty on a painting, a flatscreen, or an iPad.
But You Can Capture Yosemite’s Beauty In Virtual Reality
Earlier today, Felix and Paul Studios published a short 11 minutes video showing the presidential visit to the Yosemite National Park. The VR content studio produced the short film for Facebook-owned Oculus in a partnership with National Geographic. “Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks” is the title of the short film and it features material from 6 days of filming. The VR video tour through the National Park is the first one in history to include a President, and Obama even serves as the narrator.
You can see the 360-degree video in Facebook from your web browser. In case you want to see it from a smartphone, you must have the Facebook app installed. So far, the Virtual Reality video can only be experienced using the Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus Rift. You can download it from the Oculus Store.
The Presidential Tour Through The Yosemite National Park
In the video you can see President Obama narrating and describing how important national parks are to future generations. He also talks with one of the park rangers, jokes with a group of kids and spend some time on a bridge with his family. As you might notice yourself, there were no Secret Service agents surrounding the President during the film. That’s because they were hiding behind the trees.
Barack Obama is seen by many as the most tech-friendly President. Besides the support to new and clean technologies, he does things like managing his Twitter account, taking pictures with a selfie stick and even receives emails from US citizens through a messaging bot. This interest in gadgets and technology may have been the reason why the White House approved the virtual reality film.
The White House Is A Strong Supporter of Virtual Reality
It was actually the White House who first approached Oculus for the project, and Oculus then handed it to its most trusted team of VR content developers, Felix and Paul Studios, which has a long history of working together with the VR headset company. The video was meant to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service
This virtual reality presidential debut is a huge and fun publicity for Facebook and Oculus. But it’s also another great step towards innovation and technology. Virtual reality isn’t just something for geeks or tech-addicts, virtual reality is the future, and we are witnessing its first steps.
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