Back in January we reported on a new
initiative from HTC Vive called VR for Impact. The company
announced that it was devoting $10 million to this program,
which aims to fund positive VR content and technologies. Today,
the program’s first grant recipients have been announced.
Fittingly, these new projects all tie into tomorrow’s Earth
Day, showcasing how VR can be used to make a positive impact on
First up is SpaceVR, and it’s an ambitious-sounding
project. Rather than a simple 360 video to raise awareness of
climate change on the planet, SpaceVR will launch a VR
satellite, named Overview 1, into space. Launching later this
year by Space X, the satellite will stream 360 degree video. It
will allow people to put on a VR headset and find themselves
not in a virtual recreation of space but the real thing. Space
X also plans to launch 360 satellites across the solar system.
Next up is Tree from New Reality. This unique experience uses
haptic feedback to transform viewers into a rainforest tree.
Their arms become the branches and their body becomes the
trunk. While that might seem like an initially pleasant
experience, viewers will soon encounter the tragic
circumstances that face the rain forests of our world. The
experience is on display for the next week at the Tribeca Film
Finally, we have The…