New technology and ready-made astronauts make The Infinite a special experience for visitors to Tacoma Armament Factory
TACOMA, Wash – Space travel is a real possibility for the super rich and the very lucky, but for the rest of us, the next best thing, a virtual reality experience called The Infinite.
In fact, you’re wandering in a large dark room at the Tacoma Arsenal, but The Infinite makes you feel like you’re part of the crew on the International Space Station.
When Jim Dever and Saint Bryan visited, they were given VR headsets and were free to explore the ISS. As they reached out toward the floating blue bubbles, they were immersed in one of 60 human moments captured over a three-year period using a specially designed 360-degree 3D camera.
The cameras were set up by the astronauts themselves.
In one, ISS astronaut Anne McClain observed the Earth below. We heard her say, “I really wish everyone on Earth could have the perspective that we’re living here.”
In others, we saw astronauts gathering to eat, toss soccer balls, and to jog on treadmills.
“We encourage astronauts, if they’ve ever been inspired or if something exciting isn’t on the schedule but is happening, just pull out the camera and frame the shot yourself. “, said Paul Raphael of Montreal. based at Felix & Paul Studios. Their producer won an Emmy for the documentary that brought viewers into the Obama White House. This is a bigger, more technical challenge.
Game developers and architects joined the filmmakers, who recorded 200 hours of video. The astronauts learned to contact the camera. But some of the most powerful moments are just seeing the Earth quietly spinning below.
“The overview effect is extraordinary in the sense that it can trigger very deep emotions,” says Felix LaJeunesse. “Because it’s quite powerful to be able to see the fragility and preciousness of the biosphere in one perspective.”
Infinite can be experienced at Tacoma Armory through September 5.
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