NASA and Harmonic Offer Spectacular 360-Degree Astronaut Training Virtual Reality Experience
Harmonic Will Demo the Groundbreaking, Immersive VR Video at IBC2016
The video for the VR demo was shot at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston. The NBL training facility features a large indoor pool of water, with a life-size replica of the ISS, which is used by astronauts to perform simulated tasks in preparation for upcoming missions. This new NASA VR/360 video, and the NASA TV UHD channel, were created with Harmonic’s market-leading end-to-end UHD video delivery solution. Powered by the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine™, it ensures superior video quality, up to 2160p60, at minimum bitrates.
“Bringing together UHD and VR technology with NASA astronaut training footage, we’re offering a truly spectacular experience that elevates immersiveness and viewer engagement to a completely new level,” said Bart Spriester, senior vice president, video products at Harmonic. “As video consumers look for new and exciting entertainment outlets, Harmonic and its technology partners are innovating with the mission to free viewers from the boundaries dominating traditional television and enjoy a 360-degree, 2160p60 first-of-its-kind video experience.”
VR is one of the innovative technologies Harmonic will highlight during IBC2016 in the company’s stand 1.B20, Sept 9-13 in Amsterdam. Through VR headsets, demo participants at IBC2016 will get an intimate, 360-degree look at the NASA astronauts in action. Harmonic will also be giving away VR headsets through daily drawings at the show.