The future of virtual reality still hangs in the balance. Although there is a booming gaming industry, it still remains a very niche market. The National Museum of Singapore is the latest major public place to experiment with VR technology. There are 18 immersive VR experiences available at this location, which are all part of the Digimuse initiative.
National Museum of Singapore Embraces VR
It is always interesting to see ventures like these bring VR to public places. One wouldn’t associate a museum trip with experiencing virtual reality. More specifically, the mix of: old” and “new” is something very few locations actively explore right now. Something has to change in this regard, to say the very least. Thankfully, the National Museum of Singapore is making a rather positive impact in this regard. Their Digimuse initiative is well worth paying attention. It boasts 18 different VR experiences and serves as a valuable test for the future.
As one would expect, there are different options on the table in this regard. Users can view Roman Gods up close, experience history as we were taught during high school, or simply learn more about some part of history we were already aware of. It is a very interesting venue to explore for any museum or public location. It seems a bit strange to wear a VR headset inside a major museum, though, but it’s also something more and more venues actively explore as we speak.
Although this is only a temporary showcase, the general public seems to enjoy this hands-on VR experience right now. It will be interesting to see if Digimuse will make a comeback in 2018. Assuming that is the case, it will hopefully be for more than just three days. Considering how anyone can access this VR exhibit free of charge, it is only normal there is such a big interest. There is a lot of history to be told through this audiovisual medium, that much is certain.
Experts expected this Digimuse initiative to launch at some point. The National Museum of Singapore has been working on digitizing their exhibits these past few years. They have experimented with holograms, digital galleries, augmented reality, and even an interactive digital exhibit. Virtual reality seems to fit this evolution quite nicely and may help increase the number of museum goers. Digimuse is still in the very early stages, but the concept has a lot of merit.
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