Hall City Cave: An Immersive Look


#1

Undoubtedly, you've heard Eric or me talking about the Hall City Cave. It was impetus for starting OpenROV. We recently went back with a whole film crew, including Immersive Media, who operate a 360 camera that allows you, the viewer to look around the scenes. Here's the link:

http://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/driven/the-diy-explorers-20131001/openrov-immersive-clip

Try it out! Move your cursor over the screen and look in whatever direction you like. It's like you're there with us.

More importantly, use your imagination a little. This is where we're going with OpenROV (they already make 360 GoPro mounts that we could attach to the OpenROV to achieve a similar effect). We think this the very tip of the iceberg as far as using new tools to re-imagine exploration. More on that coming soon!


#2

That would be cool!


#3

Real-time 3D immersive underwater exploration. Displayed on a 3D dome display. I was with Jason (WHOI) when they did a live HD video feed of the deep ocean volcanic vents off the Washington coast. That was pretty neat, but this would be REALLY exciting!


#4

Yes! Wouldn't it?!?

And we're actually not that far away form that. We've been eyeing these 360 GoPro mounts to do something similar. The software will be the hard part.


#5

I don't know, I think the biggest limitation will be bandwidth. You can create 3D dome video with the GoPro already ( http://www.dome3d.com/content/fulldome-video-cameras ) that can be post processed and projected on half dome displays. I think the hard part will be doing all this live and sending up multiple live HD signals up the tether. I don't even think GoPros are capable of sending out live video, are they?

One other question regarding using the GoPro's underwater, are you using a red filter? If not, you should seriously consider adding one. They aren't expensive and the color quality is exponentially better with a red filter.


#6

This is really neat, and makes me want this in virtual reality! Apparently there is a company making 360 video for the Oculus Rift virtual reality format, so doing 3D video for making VR games is possible?! I just tried an Oculus headset today... wow.


#7

I was trolling around and I noticed this link is broken. @David_Lang do you have an updated link or archived version?


#8

Hmmm. It used to live here: http://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/driven/the-diy-explorers-20131001/openrov-immersive-clip

Seems to be gone now. Not sure what happened…


#9

This was the group that did it: https://immersivemedia.com/

It seems like their whole gallery is missing.