Virtual Reality allows us a great many things, including things that we would never be able to do in real life (or at least in our lifetime) – like visiting Mars – and new experiences that we get to see without having to travel thousands of miles away from home. Like the new VR tour of an ancient Egyptian tomb called Nefertari: Journey to Eternity.
Developed by Experius VR, Nefertari: Journey to Eternity takes you to a photo-realistic recreation of the tomb of Egyptian Queen Nefertari. Created for the HTC Vive, the studio used photogrammetry technology to capture high-resolution textures of the inside of the tomb, and worked with CuriosityStream to have have the images digitally scanned – resulting in an amazing quality free virtual remake of the real thing.
There’s a 360 video available online that shows off the experience but it’s worth it to visit Nefertari’s tomb yourself if you have a VR headset.
Check out the video below:
Nefertari: Journey to Eternity is a great example of what the future of VR education will look like. Though short, the quality of the experience lets you look at the finest details of the old Queen’s life – including depictions of Egyptian culture and religion. The tomb, which is nestled in the Valley of the Queens and was built around 1255 BCE, is lit by oil lamps, realistically recreating what it would have looked like back when it was built. But you can explore around with a flashlight in hand, while getting up close and personal with the walls.
Exploring the tomb also takes on a solidly educational format with a handy guide you can activate while looking at some of the paintings on the walls. The guide will then go on to explain more about the images depicted and the cultural and religious implications around them and on Nefertari’s life.
Nefertari: Journey to Eternity is available for free on Steam and Viveport. No news on whether it will be coming to other platforms as well, but since it’s a free experience, it might still be worth a try even if Oculus Rift and Windows MR isn’t officially supported.