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[VIDEO] NHK Develops New VR Experience with 8K Video Projection and Hemisphere-Shaped Screen

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Two people get a virtual reality tour of Tokyo’s Sumida River and Ryogoku Kokugikan on the 8K VR attraction at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Koto Ward on Tuesday. | KAZUAKI NAGATA

 reports: The virtually reality experience is no longer limited to bulky head gear with the advent of a new headset-free 8K high-resolution video projection system.

Some Japanese firms have come up with a headset-free VR entertainment experience that projects ultra-clear imagery, and they are trying to gauge its popularity with the public.

Along with other firms, NHK and affiliate partners came up with a VR attraction that takes people on a virtual tour of Tokyo, which was demonstrated at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in the city’s Koto Ward on Tuesday for reporters.

It provides an immersive experience without the need for headsets by projecting 8K high-resolution video imagery on a 3.4-meter tall by 5.2-meter wide hemisphere-shaped screen while users sit in chairs that are synced with the video.

The 8K VR Tokyo tour makes users feel like they are sitting in a two-seat flying chair. During the tour, they get the chance to visit some of Tokyo’s most popular spots, including Shibuya, Asakusa and the Ueno district. The video tour often takes users high into the sky, even above the Tokyo Sky Tree, while the combination of the hemisphere screen, 8K imagery and moving chair provides a very immersive experience.

“We happened to come across this Sphere 5.2 (the hemisphere screen) and thought we could create highly immersive content with it,” said Kotomi Watanabe, a senior engineer at NHK Media Technology Inc., which is a research and development arm of NHK. The public broadcaster has been looking to promote 8K content … (read more)

via The Japan Times

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