For CL Day 4, my group and I visited Byond, which is a travel company that uses virtual reality in their work. First in our schedule was a brief introduction about virtual reality headsets and 360 degree video cameras, which was commendable and interesting. It was amazing. We learnt about the two types of VR sets and that the camera is made up of two 180 degree cameras. We learned that VR can be used in the healthcare field. By this I mean that doctors can simulate operations and surgeries. Virtual reality can also help in education. These technologies can enable students to virtually visit locations that they aren’t able to physically visit. These locations can range from the Amazon rainforest to the surface of The Moon.
We were then shown demo videos on the headsets. The video was of the Cirque du Soleil. Most of us thought it was creepy and macabre, while the rest thought it was boring, although everyone agreed that it was strange. The headsets and cameras were passed onto each of us to inspect.
The hosts then taught us how to use the cameras and instructed us to make our own videos using it. We were then divided into two groups. In our groups, we were given time to discuss and plan our plot for our videos as the teacher had specifically told us that it had to be a story. The first few stories we came up with were horrible but hilarious. For example we came up with a story of one of us choking on our food. This idea was spitballed into the brainstorm mainly because it was our lunch break. We then agreed to do a murder mystery. The plot of our story was, two people get murdered and the police try and solve the mystery. It was extremely hard to shoot this as we kept laughing during each clip. This became a waste of time as we had to take each scene at least 7 times.
Finally we had finished. One of the hosts showed us samples of our clips. The result of our video wasn’t as good as I expected because the quality of the video and the sound were terrible. Overall the trip was likable and something to learn from. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Here are the videos students created during the day:
Please use this app to view them in 360.