Last year, David and I worked on a project together that allowed viewers to view the impact of climate change on the Columbia Glacier over the past 30 years. It was a 360° immersive experience on the Google Cardboard. But there was a huge problem. There really were no visuals of the Columbia Glacier that were:
This was among the best images we found of the Glacier. And it only showed one small angle of it.
In essence, the visuals we needed just did not exist. We had to recreate the Glacier. Here is what it looks like.
What we want to do about it
Keeping this in mind, we decided that we wanted to work on gathering visuals of parts of the world that are difficult to reach, but could be used by designers, artists, story tellers and scientists to use as tools for their work. Most importantly, we want to provide this information for public use and completely for free. We call it Catalog.Earth and we want to start with recording the Columbia Glacier in Alaska.
How you could help us?
If you feel like you could use these visuals for your own work, let us know! Tell us about your needs and how you would use incredibly high fidelity 360 views of different parts of the world in your work!
If you know someone who has experience in virtual reality and 360 degree video recording, please link us! We are looking for as many insights as we can get!
If you, or someone you know would like to collaborate and give us some support, let us know as well!
- Saba Singh, Co-Founder