Explore dinosaur fossils with new interactive VR experience

A new virtual reality (VR) experience will allow people to explore dinosaur fossils and other rare artefacts from the Natural History Museum.

Produced in association with Sky and immersive content studio Factory 42, Hold The World will combine VR and interactive video game technology to let viewers go ‘hands on’ with fossils, bones and delicate insects.

Viewers will be able to feel as if they are really handling the objects, according to a report by Forbes. Using a VR headset and hand controls, they can hold them up, tilt them, peer inside them, and look more closely at them.

Naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough will provide the commentary for Hold The World, which is planned to go into production later this year.

Sir David said: “I have enjoyed helping people to discover more about the natural world, and Hold The World offers people a unique opportunity: to examine rare objects, some millions of years old, up close. It represents an extraordinary new step in how people can explore and experience nature, all from the comfort of their own homes, and I am delighted to be able to help users uncover some of the treasures the Natural History Museum has to offer in a thrilling new way.”

Director of the Natural History Museum Sir Michael Dixon added: “We are always looking for innovative ways to share our collection, and Hold The World offers the chance to explore it as never before.

“Objects in the museum collection offer invaluable insight about the origins of life, the Earth and our solar system — stories that are key to understanding how we can best protect our planet’s future.”

The experience is Sky’s first fully interactive production and will be available through the Sky VR app.

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