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Outcome Presentation of Blue Cave VR

Blue Cave VRNMNS, December 21, 2017 - The National Museum of Natural Science along with Marine National Park Headquarters and Penghu County Government presented today at its VIP Room a new VR film Blue Cave, which is the outcome of the first phase of its ‘VR Promotion Plans’ in cooperation with the two parties.

Like pearls scattering in the East Sea, the Penghu archipelago is located in the southwest of the Taiwan Strait. The South Penghu Marine National Park under the administration of the Marine National Park Headquarters is the ninth of Taiwan's national parks and the second marine national park. It features precious ecological resources and great biodiversity with coral reef concentrations. The Blue Cave on the uninhabited Xiji Islet is located in the Penghu South Sea Basalt Nature Reserve. The alluring fairyland-like basalt cave is becoming a new tourist attraction after photographs taken around the Cave went viral on the internet. However, it is now blocked from public access because the naturally sea-eroded cave can easily collapse, which makes it extremely dangerous.

Because the general public is not able to access the beauty of the Blue Cave personally, the NMNS with assistance from MNPH and PCG filmed the location in 360 degrees from underwater, on the ground, and in the air. It also applies the virtual reality technology, so the audience can enter the Blue Cave by wearing VR glasses. They can see the sunlight sneaking into the cave from the opening above, and dive into the ocean and see the vivid life of the underwater world. Because of the modern imagery, people feel like they were actually there.

The assistant researcher, Chung Lin-ho, who coordinates the filming project said, July and August are the only timeframe to film the proper angle of the sunlight. However, there were five typhoons this year, so they had a very limited window between the Haitang Typhoon and the Hato Typhoon to the filming site. Besides, the 3D immersive imagery is so realistic, it’ll even make people who are afraid of heights tremble. Chung said, only three minutes of films made the final cut to avoid the possibility of dizziness from the audience.

Blue Cave VR“Over the past few years, VR has expanded the way we engage with virtual worlds in crazy new ways,” said Museum Director Sun Wei-hsin and announced that the 3-minute short film is scheduled to launch in April next year. “People who come to Taichung visiting the Museum will be able to see the Blue Cave then. In addition to the 360-degree VR experience of this majestic place, they will learn about the importance of natural resources,” Sun said.

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