Traversing Mars with a school bus: This is virtual reality for groups

The conquest of space seems corner of one of those lengthy term goals lie we sending our probes as far as we can, as the case of the Juno mission. Although we have made great strides in the space race, the moment the idea of manned trips to Mars is still something we see only in movies or books, but if reality hampers for that we have the imagination and technology. And now travel to Mars by bus is possible.

Obviously not a real Mars, but a simulation of the red planet within a school bus that is part of the initiative Generation Beyond Lockheed Martin, a company engaged in aerospace engineering and security. An idea reminiscent of those 360 screening rooms, but with the added attraction that we uploaded into a vehicle and can travel the virtual environment that we see around us.

Traversing Mars
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VR glasses to bus VR

The virtual reality glasses are fashionable and it is clear that there is much to see in this format, but despite that we see more helmets and more types of content is a single device, and for environments such as a classroom arises almost like a resource impossible. Perhaps this motivated someone thought that there should be a way to have an immersive experience for groups.

Perhaps the first thing that is displayed for this is one of the theaters that we mentioned and not a bus, and indeed Alexander Rea, creative director of technology Framestore, describes in the video that we then like the craziest proposal I had received. Even Gary Marshall (senior developer) refused at first to carry it out.

We had to create a VR experience group. That is, how the hell are you doing to transform a bus in a helmet?

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The question of Jon Collins, president of the company, has an obvious answer as curious; it was clear that the key had to be some windows, but these had to exercise both the exterior and glass screen. And just that is what was done: installed windows containing within it a 4K panel and a film that turns from opaque to transparent or vice versa as appropriate, with technology that they say is new and is still very little available (and not specified).

What is projected in these panels is not just a video, but it is a path with which it interacts at all times (if the bus turns right, the panels will be the same thing, but on Mars virtual). They explain that all Washington DC mapped so that the real and virtual scenarios overlap, so the scenario varies depending on where the bus is physically (there is no standard or fixed-point start). To offset data combine GPS a three – axis accelerometer, a magnetometer and a speedometer laser surface.

The sound here is an important component, and not in vain speakers installed throughout the vehicle. But the key point is that the sound is consistent with the content displayed on the projection, i.e. if the bus passes through a sandstorm it sounds inside.

A fun preparation for future astronauts

At the moment it is an experience that is part of the educational program of Lockheed Martin and, although the video tell us that the kids had good words are unnecessary watching scream every time the bus changed the boring urban setting in the dunes and mountains of Mars (which there are facilities that cause us vu of a book or movie based on the Red Planet déjà).

It would be curious to start seeing this in other buses and even cars, if this new technology is expanding and if you create another virtual entertainment niche groups in parallel hulls. A family minivan with projections? A limousine? Who knows!

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