In addition to providing immersive and engaging virtual reality video, Oceans 360 is engaged in a number of exciting projects. Below you will find a description of each of them.
Oceans 360 in the Classroom, Aquarium, Museum, and at an Event
Our library of engaging and immersive ocean videos are now available via subscription for classroom, aquarium, museum and event use. Our videos are stored on a cloud server and are available in the Pixvana Spin Play app on the Oculus Go, via enrollment in our institutional subscription service. We currently have nine videos and we are growing the library all the time.
In the photo above, you see Dr. Roxanne Beltran, Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr. Dan Costa’s lab at UC Santa Cruz, getting ready to present a program based on our videos to a group of high school students.
We are also available to give presentations at events, set up a table with Oculus Go VR headsets for viewing by your guests, and participate in private and public events. Please contact us for more information.
Oceans California – 3D
Using custom designed underwater and surface 3D cameras, Oceans 360 will be telling the story of the California and Baja California coastal waters using the latest virtual reality technology and the Oculus Go VR headsets.
From iconic coastlines like Big Sur, the pristine waters of the Sea of Cortez, to the sublime beauty of the kelp forest, the Californias of the US and Mexico boast some of the most diverse, beautiful and richly populated ocean environments in the world.
In partnership with the California State Park System, scientists from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and professional underwater photographers, a series of short, immersive and engaging 3D VR videos will tell the story of why these coastal environments are so special and worth conserving.
Whale dis-Entanglement Team (WET)
Oceans 360 is aiding in the development of a remotely-controlled camera boat that will transmit a live HD image, from above and below the water line, to a monitor up to one mile away. The WET team can then access the degree and type of entanglement without further stressing the whale.
The ORCA 1, as the remotely-controlled boat is named, operates using two ROV electric motors that are very quiet, thus lessening the stress on the whale as the boat approaches. The boat is currently in the early testing phase doing open ocean practice runs away from any whales or other ocean mammals.