The Science Museum’s first VR experience

By Phil Stuart, News

In collaboration with the Science Museum and Samsung, Preloaded are very excited to announce the creation of the Handley Page VR experience developed for the museum’s newest public space; Mathematics: The Winton Gallery.

The group’s newly formed Digital Lab has been set up to conduct experiments in emerging technologies and visitor experience within the museum. Preloaded were commissioned to create Handley Page VR, the first of these experiments, setting out to discover how an encapsulated experience can aid the understanding of a physical gallery.

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery tells the story of how mathematics has shaped our world. Designed by world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, the new gallery spans 400 years of human ingenuity and brings mathematical history to life through the design and architecture of its displays. At its heart is the Handley Page Gugnunc, an experimental British aircraft built in 1928 and famous for design features which solved one of aeronautical engineering’s biggest challenges; landing safely!

In creating this VR experience, Preloaded set out to demonstrate how this plane’s design was only possible due to the mastery of mathematics and why it’s the perfect example of mathematics in action.

The experience will premiere at the next Science Museum Lates Series in January 2017 #SMLates, and we’ll post more details in the New Year. 

If you are interested in using VR to enhance your audience’s experience of a museum or public space, or want to find out more about our VR with purpose get in touch.

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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery (photo © Nick Guttridge)

Phil is the co-founder and Creative Director of Preloaded. A fanatical gamer and a champion for the power of games which do more than just entertain, he is responsible for the studio’s ‘Games with Purpose’ vision.

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