HTC, Emaar bring virtual reality zoo to life

The VRZOO endangered species conservation education initiative is at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall

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HTC, Emaar bring virtual reality zoo to life HTC is the hardware partner for the VRZOO endangered species conservation education initiative at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 20, 2017

HTC and Emaar Entertainment have launched a virtual way to interact with endangered animals in their habitat through live-action footage as well as through a CGI virtual experience.

HTC, which is the hardware partner for the VRZOO endangered species conservation education initiative at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall, will provide its HTC Vive.

The Vive includes a newly-developed front-facing camera which allows the user to incorporate real-world elements into the virtual world. This will also allow more freedom of movement and physical interaction with things and people around the HTC Vive.

The technology's graphic interface boasts a 2160 x 1200 megapixel combined resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate, and the console's two handheld controllers feature 24 sensors for accurate motion tracking, a multi-function trackpad for precision, and HD haptic feedback. Plus the system's two wirelessly synced base stations deliver 360-degree motion tracking for superior virtual reality experiences.

Nikitas Glykas, president, HTC MEA, said: "HTC Vive is by far the best virtual reality partner for initiatives such as the VRZOO, and we believe that the potential for applications in education, entertainment, and even in specific industry verticals are limitless.

"It has been an honour to partner with Emaar Entertainment and Wevr on this campaign, and we look forward to bringing many more such experiences to the region in partnership with other industry leaders."

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