Over the summer I created the Virtual Forest project. The aim of the Virtual Forest project is to immersively track the seasons using 360 photography and time lapse movies (once enough data is collected) of a forest in the North Eastern US.
You can track the season in a regular browser, or on a mobile device supporting gyroscope feedback. For a complete immersive experience Virtual Forest supports Google Cardboard and Samsung GearVR. Additional support for VR headsets such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift is provided through the A-frame framework.
The project gives everyone the experience of tracking the seasons in a North Eastern deciduous forest through tele-presence. It allows for leaf peeping from a distance and visualizes, otherwise slow, ecological processes using timelapse movies. The images gathered will also support research efforts in understanding the timing of changes to the canopy structure. Above all, I hope Virtual Forest will inspire people to venture outdoors and explore a forest in real life as Virtual Forest remains a proxy for what is a wonderful world.
virtualforest.io got a nice feature on MotherBoard!
virtualforest.io went viral and hit > 18 000 users in 3 days (and still rising)
— Koen Hufkens (@koen_hufkens) October 18, 2016
The project was mentioned on the Adafruit Blog.