“Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks” was created by National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios and Oculus, and it is available via the Oculus Store for the Gear VR, with an Oculus Rift version coming soon, as well as Facebook (you can view the 360 video via the Facebook link).
And while it might seem like an odd thing to experience something as magnificent as Yosemite in virtual reality, the reality is that many of us may never have the opportunity to see the park in real life. By using the emerging media of virtual reality the National Park Service is raising awareness about the importance of our natural resources in addition to the U.S.’s national park system.
Who knows – you might be so moved by the VR experience of Yosemite that you actually make it a vacation priority. According to Ryan Horrigan, chief content officer of Felix & Paul in interview with wired.com says that, “…[We are] transporting your mind and your heart, ideally, to this place, but we don’t want you to stop there. We want you to actually go see this place.”
So be it with virtual reality or real reality, either way take this opportunity to rediscover what the National Park Service has to offer. You will not be disappointed.