Monday, November 23, 2015

What the Heck Is That On Your Head?

These helmets may look strange, but what they do is truly fascinating.

Buzzgoodie  October 26, 2015

If you were walking through the woods and came across a group of people wearing weird objects on their heads, what would you think? What if those strange looking things were a new form of technology that gave you the ability to experience the wild through the eyes of animals that live there, would you join them?

Well, that’s exactly what these lucky few got the opportunity to do in England’s Grizedale Forest.

These helmets were developed by design studio Marshmallow Laser Feast. The helmets combine the look and feel of the real-life scenery with technology imagery, to give the user a truly fascinating experience.

The virtual experience was put together by scanning the Grizedale Forest and then those images were added with CT scans of various animals and insects. The purpose of this technology is so the user can experience what life is like through the eyes of creatures that call it home.

The user is able to fly over the tree tops as birds, or get to witness the finest details through the eyes of the smallest creatures. This technology gives its user a whole new perspective of nature.

“Creative collective Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) delight in exploring the line between virtual and real-world experiences. In this work they use the mask of virtual reality to explore different perspectives of familiar landscapes. Through observing the function of animal sight – a dragonfly experiences life over 10 times faster than a human and in 12 colour wavelengths (a human in a combination of three) – the film & accompanying soundtrack are a speculation of an alternative reality,” the video description mentions.

To learn more, you can watch the following video:

If possible, I would love the opportunity to experience the forest through the eyes of an eagle and a bear. What would be your animal of choice be? Let us know in the comment section :)

To learn more about Marshmallow Laser Feast’s creations, you can do so here.

(All images via: Marshmallow Laser Feast)