Surround yourself with sharks, skateboards and survival on VR network (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Surround yourself with sharks, skateboards and survival on VR network
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Discovery is unleashing the first videos for its virtual reality network, Discovery VR. It is a fledgling service that is testing the limits and capabilities of the immersive format.
 
The videos debuting on DiscoveryVR.com, YouTube and on Android and iPhone apps, reveal some of the promise of the medium. It covers every angle you could possibly look. It's navigable by moving a smartphone around you. Or even clicking and dragging the viewing angle around with a mouse.
 
In the short video, "Shark Shipwreck," sharks swim around and above you. One even bumps the camera rig. Meanwhile, a narrator explains that the scent of food is being released by a diver nearby. Details that might not be obvious, like the parasitic fish that swim along the underbellies of sharks cruising overhead, are revealed when you swivel and look around.
 
In "Freeboarding: San Francisco," viewers are put on the helmet of a skateboarder cruising down San Francisco's famously winding Lombard Street. Looking backward or staring at fans lining the road doesn't get you into an accident.
 
And you might be surprised at which direction outdoorsman Les Stroud enters the picture in "How to Survive the Wild." That is because the forest scenery and burbling brook are entrancing on their own before he walks in unnoticed and starts discussing the day's survival lesson.
 
Conal Byrne, Discovery Communication Inc.'s senior vice president of digital media says the point of the project is to determine what works in the emerging format. For instance, finding out what could make someone feel ill or disoriented.
 
"It needs to be repeated that we're experimenting a lot," Byrne says. "There are borders and boundaries that we're really going to try to push."
 
In addition to computers and mobile devices, the Discovery VR content can also be viewed using virtual reality headset devices. Those include Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. They are on sale now. It also will be available on Facebook's Oculus Rift. That is expected early next year.
 
Some content will be linked to existing shows such as "Survivorman," ''Gold Rush" and "MythBusters." Others are original creations that will exist in categories like the thrill-seeking Adventure and placid Planet. Discovery VR plans to unveil new content every week at least for the next 12 months, Byrne says.

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why might this format make you ill?
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COMMENTS (28)
  • lyliao-agn
    9/09/2015 - 11:56 a.m.

    Amazing!!!! Look how far we have advanced in technology!!!

  • annabel1226-yyca
    9/09/2015 - 08:46 p.m.

    It is so cool! You could navigate by moving a smartphone around you. I would get that device right now because it in sale. I think it will not be good for your eyes because you put in your eyes right in front of it.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    9/09/2015 - 08:58 p.m.

    I think this is cool because you get to experience virtual reality with only your smartphone. I wonder how virtual reality works. I want to try it out. There are already virtual reality headsets that are on sale. Also, Facebook is releasing its Oculus Rift next year. This is exciting.
    Critical Thinking Challenge: Why might this format make you ill?
    Answer: This format might make you ill because of bright flashing lights, you might get scared, and you may experience something that is highly disturbing.

  • joemm-har
    9/11/2015 - 04:17 p.m.

    cool i guess

  • alexusroly-
    9/17/2015 - 12:03 p.m.

    There is shipwreck with sharks all around video on this head set that might show you what it is like to have to be in a survival. The other one is a picture and it says " how to survive in the wild. The people who made this are using more experiments.
    CTQ: No because I would think it would look really cool and I would enjoy it.

  • johngoly-
    9/17/2015 - 12:30 p.m.

    Discovery RV is revolutionary in the fact that. People can watch there favorite shows on TV in 4D. They can also look around in different ecosystems. They can also fake skateboard and think it is real.

  • kalvinholy-
    10/15/2015 - 01:14 p.m.

    amazing. this will be good for not only people but paraziled peole too!

  • kalvinholy-
    10/15/2015 - 01:15 p.m.

    ctq. it could give you motion sickness.

  • dylansoly-
    10/15/2015 - 01:28 p.m.

    This is pretty cool sence we are so far into technology I would love to try this my self sence I would hat being stuck in a ocean with sharks

  • christianb-cam
    10/23/2015 - 09:59 a.m.

    I think it will make you feel dizzy because it will feel like it is happening to you in real life.

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