BBC Launches ‘Micro Kingdoms’ Experience for Magic Leap, Narrated by Stephen Fry – Road to VR

BBC Studios and AR/VR studio PRELOADED at the moment launched BBC Earth – Micro Kingdoms: Senses, the interactive documentary for Magic Leap 1. Narrated by Stephen Fry, the AR expertise brings consumer into the tiny world of bugs and arachnids.

Created in collaboration with the BBC Pure Historical past Unit, the identical minds behind Planet Earth and Blue Planet, Micro Kingdoms lets customers rise up shut and private with a two species of creepy crawlers—a Leaf Cutter Ant colony from the tropical rainforests of Central America and the Wandering Spider from the Atlantic Forest of Japanese Brazil.

Though initially slated to launch in Fall 2019, the expertise is arriving at the moment on Magic Leap 1 headsets.

Based on a behind-the-scenes video (linked beneath), the digital invertebrate stars of the app have been created utilizing picture and video references sourced from BBC’s Pure Historical past Unit. Environmental props, resembling crops and logs, have been created utilizing photogrammetry, a method for reconstructing 3D geometry with high-resolution textures from actual pictures and different information.

And it appears to pack in a good quantity of interactivity as nicely, as its stated to incorporate a dynamic soundtrack to underpin key occasions. Peering by way of a magnifying glass, you may watch the ants go to work demolishing a leaf.

“The best way the ants transfer round, the way in which they impart, is totally genuine to how they might behave within the wild. Likewise with the spider—the way in which it stalks its prey, the way in which it responds to your presence,” stated Phil Stuart, Artistic Director at Preloaded.

The discharge of Micro Kingdoms follows a string of third-party apps created for Magic Leap 1 through the corporate’s Impartial Creator Program, together with BBC Civilizations from indie studio Nexus Studios.

Magic Leap seems to nonetheless be on that warpath for high-quality, curated content material. To that impact, the corporate is making a gift of extra Magic Leap 1 hardware and interesting extra unbiased builders quickly by way of its upcoming LEAP Con in Might, a extra intimate affair at its Florida HQ than its inaugural dev convention in 2018.

And though slick (and doubtless fairly costly) choices like Micro Kingdoms really feel like the corporate is filling out Magic Leap World with consumer-focused experiences for an impending, bona-fide client headset launch, the corporate has stated its Magic Leap 2 headset will nonetheless be targeted on enterprise and prosumers segments when it launches in 2021. So it appears solely comparatively few individuals will ever benefit from the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry as he waxes poetic about bugs, at the very least till the unique Magic Leap 1’s $2,300 price ticket is diminished.