Attenborough’s “First Life” debuts in London

Visitors to London's Natural History Museum can now immerse themselves in the depths of Earth's oceans in the virtual reality exhibit, David Attenborough's First Life (pictured).
June 19, 2015

Visitors to London’s Natural History Museum can now immerse themselves in the depths of Earth’s oceans in David Attenborough’s First Life (pictured), an original virtual reality exhibit.

The 15-minute production is a collaborative project between Atlantic Productions and its virtual reality studio Alchemy VR, while Korean tech giant Samsung provides the Samsung Gear VR headsets, which are powered by the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones, to deliver the experience.

Narrated by David Attenborough (Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Life), the deep water virtual reality presentation will reveal not only Cambrian period seas from 540 million years ago, but also long-extinct creatures such as Opabinia, Anomalocaris and Hallucigenia.

David Attenborough’s First Life VR experience is a landmark moment for virtual reality storytelling, where the world’s most celebrated naturalist is able to guide audiences through an ancient ocean,” said Anthony Geffen, CEO of Atlantic Productions, in a statement.

“We’re always looking for new ways to challenge the way people think about the natural world,” added Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum, in a statement. “We know VR can transport us to impossible places. This is a compelling example of how technology can really revolutionize the way we experience museums and their collections.”

David Attenborough’s First Life is currently open to Natural History Museum visitors, and is scheduled to run for three months. Tickets to the presentation will cost £6.50 (US$10.35) for adults and £4.50 for members and patrons.

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