If you came across a bunch of people sitting in the woods with spheres on their heads, would you join them? You probably would if you knew that they were using new virtual reality technology to explore England’s Grizedale Forest through the eyes of different animals.
(If you happen upon any other sphere-wearing weirdos in the woods, we suggest backing away slowly.)
The helmets were developed by design studio Marshmallow Laser Feast.
They combine real-life scenery with technological imagery.
And yes…they look really, really silly.
To create this virtual experience, Grizedale Forest was scanned, and then the images were combined with CT scans of various insects and animals. The idea is that the wearer can experience what life is like through the eyes of other creatures.
You can fly over the trees as birds, or get up close and personal with nature’s tiniest details through the eyes of insects.
Here’s what you’d see if you took one for a spin.
It offers a truly new perspective on nature.
Watch this video to learn more about the project:
(via My Modern Met)
While we might not have the ability to transform into different creatures, these helmets let us step outside the confines of our human selves for a moment and see the world in a whole new way. You can see more of Marshmallow Laser Feast’s creations on their website and Vimeo channel.