VR is an ideal medium for con­vey­ing mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal con­cepts


The idea of be­ing im­mersed in a mi­cro­scopic en­vi­ron­ment and be­ing able to ex­plore mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses as if you’re an as­tro­naut sur­vey­ing a new gal­axy was pop­u­larised by films such as In­nerspace and Fan­tas­tic Voy­age. now, vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) tech­nol­ogy can sim­u­late that.

“Within the realm of bi­ol­ogy, the VR pos­si­bil­i­ties are al­most end­less,” Chilcott ex­plains. “With the help of VR, we can ig­nite that child­like won­der in us that helps us en­gage with and un­der­stand such com­plex bi­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses.”

it’s so en­gag­ing that Ran­dom42 have cre­ated a VR showreel that you can watch for your­self by go­ing to ran­dom42.com/ vir­tual-re­al­ity. if you don’t have a viewer like google Card­board or some­thing sim­i­lar then there’s no need to worry – they will send you one for free.

“Ex­plor­ing the hu­man body at that scale is some­thing peo­ple have been play­ing with the idea of for decades, and it is now be­com­ing much eas­ier to sim­u­late,” says Chilcott. “We want to be the pioneers on this fron­tier, and our showreel is there to give a taster of what is pos­si­ble at the mo­ment. We are cur­rently putting to­gether our new VR showreel, a more story-driven ex­pe­ri­ence, which we are very ex­cited to re­lease, so keep an eye out for that!”

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