You know him, you love him, and now you’ll have the chance to interact with the Internet’s champion in an entirely new way. That’s right, Neil deGrasse Tyson – world renowned astrophysicist/the science teacher you wish you had in middle school – is appearing in his first ever virtual reality experience.
Tyson’s Space Odyssey VR Experience will make its debut at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Described in an official statement as both “an educational and entertaining interactive exhibition that will highlight some of the upcoming advances in virtual reality, as well as showcase the forthcoming Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Space Odyssey multi-platform franchise.”
These platforms will include an immersive game with virtual reality missions, a series of comic stories, and an animated series. This content will be available “on home and mobile devices – and eventually at museums, science centers and in classrooms.”
Space Odyssey will make its debut as a part of the inaugural VR Con – Comic-Con’s very first immersive-tech focused exhibition. VR Con is described as:
“An officially-sanctioned Comic-Con event that celebrates the boldest and coolest of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (VR), and artificial intelligence (AI), with the latest from the leading equipment makers, film studios, television networks, brands, designers, coders and innovators. VR CON covers entertainment, gaming, education, travel, medical, architecture, and more.”
Tyson’s VR experience will be showcased at VR Con in partnership with Radiant Images. Radiant is a VR content house known for 360 video tie ins for feature films such as Southpaw, and In The Heart of The Sea.
Exact details on Space Odyssey’s content are sparse, but considering the pedigree of this partner studio it would be safe to assume that it will be a 360 immersive video experience featuring Tyson doing what he does best – educating people on the wonders of the cosmos with relevant facts and exciting visuals.
A Comic-Con panel featuring Tyson will also be live streamed in VR by Radiant and VRLIVE on Saturday July 23.