Virtual Antarctica uses the latest photographic image/scanning technology to produce immersive 360° virtual reality journeys through our research facilities. Whether you are a polar researcher planning your forthcoming Antarctic fieldwork, a teacher preparing lesson plans, or a friend of someone living and working in Antarctica, this innovative technology aims to give you an opportunity to discover this amazing world.
As well as exploring Antarctica on PCs, laptops or phones we will be taking VR headsets to events and exhibitions to give visitors a taste of what it’s really like to be in the frozen continent. We use a 3D camera to collect accurate visual and spatial data that enables us to map entire areas.
The first phase of this project (2017-18) involves BAS Creative Services Manager Pete Bucktrout capturing 3D images of our offices and laboratories in Cambridge, and at our Antarctic and sub-Antarctic research facilities. He’s been onboard the RRS James Clark Ross and will in future be creating a virtual tour for our new polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough.
Augmented reality, where users can navigate through the 3D experience to discover more about our science, people, places or equipment are planned from 2018.
Coupled within these VR worlds will be embedded video, documents and sounds to help tell our engineering and science stories as well as allowing visitors to take journeys around our stations, ships and aircraft. We will also create access to a downloadable App giving full VR capabilities to your own mobile devices.
Virtual Antarctica has three distinct but related strands: