So begins the video presentation for a new Kickstarter campaign that's seeking funding to create a virtual ride to the highest reaches of our atmosphere. The team of researchers developing the idea is working at Surrey Space Center at England's University of Surrey. They propose to send a series of 24 GoPro Hero3 cameras attached to a balloon approximately 12.5 miles into the air. There, the balloon will pop, a parachute will open, and the whole works will drift peacefully back to Earth, filming all the while.
The video footage of the journey will then be stitched into a continuous immersive experience that will be available as software for the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, complete with its own musical soundtrack (which you can customize using your own MP3 player). The software will allow you to speed up, slow down, and reverse time -- all the while looking wherever you want thanks to the magic of the OR headset.… Read more