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Exploring Chernobyl Made Possble with the Use of Virtual Reality

Travelers Today       By    Kim Cabatuan

Updated: Dec 06, 2015 11:30 AM EST

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The Farm 51, a game studio from Poland who possess some next generation graphics technology, are is making virtual reality exploration of the infamous nuclear power plant at Chernobyl possible.

The Chernobyl VR Project aims to give a promising experience for those who would want to travel and discover the radioactive accident location in Pripyat,Ukraine without exposing themselves to harmful chemicals. It is a virtual reality trip to the nightmares of the Cold War.

Developers scanned and recreated the site in 3D and will let players explore the virtual place what would have been impossible in real life. The development staff used photogrammetry and filmed the place using a stereoscopic 360-degree camera in order to achieve an accuracy of photorealistic levels. It's amazing that they were given exclusive access to the disaster site and were even referred to as a research team rather than a game development team. The game creators will be using Reality 51 technology which is capable of developing VR content and applications.

Users will play the role of a documentary crew where they will be able to look around the Exclusion Zone and interact with objects. The developers also included some 'surprises' which the players will certainly enjoy.

The Farm 51 are hoping to release the virtual reality exploration experience on multiple VR headset devices such as Oculus, Playstation VR, Samsung Gear VR and Vive.

The venue have been deemed off-limits by the Ukraine authorities after evacuation orders were issued in 1986. The end of April 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. It was recorded as the worst nuclear power plant related accident in history due to the devastation and casualties it caused. Along with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, Chernobyl is a catastrophic accident on an International Nuclear Event Scale. 31 people were reported dead and there are on-going investigations on its long term effects such as cancer and mutation.

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