Oculus Debuts VR Experience Featuring President Obama, Yosemite National Park

Oculus VR debuted a new virtual-reality experience Thursday featuring President Barack Obama on a visit to Yosemite National Park.

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Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks was created by National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios and Oculus, and it is available via the Oculus Store for the Gear VR, with an Oculus Rift version coming soon, as well as via Facebook (embedded below).

Though the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National…

Earlier this summer, President Obama and his family visited Yosemite National Park. Today, explore the first-ever virtual reality experience with the First Family in celebration of the National Park Centennial. Available on the Oculus Store for Gear VR with Rift coming soon. (Created by National Geographic, Oculus, and Felix and Paul studios)

Posted by National Geographic on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Oculus said in a blog post that highlights of Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks include: Obama interacting with students during an event tied to his “Every Kid in the Park” initiative; the president speaking with Yosemite National Park superintendent Don Neubacher; Obama and his family (Michelle, Malia and Sasha) crossing the footbridge by Vernal Falls; a time-lapse sunset from Glacier Point; and a canoe ride framed by mountains.

National Geographic vice president of social media Rajiv Mody said in the Oculus blog post:

National Geographic has been a pioneer in visual storytelling throughout its 128-year history. We see virtual reality as a new frontier and are thrilled to use this powerful medium to help celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary.

Felix & Paul Studios co-founder Félix Lajeunesse added:

As filmmakers, we wanted to use cinematic virtual reality’s unique transportive power to bring audiences into a journey with President Obama where they could experience firsthand the vertiginous, lyrical and timeless beauty of Yosemite. We were deeply inspired by the idea that American national parks such as Yosemite were originally established “for all people for all times,” as a way to allow future generations to experience the extraordinary and untouched beauty and richness of these natural wonders.

Readers: Will you check out Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks?

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