The Economist has launched two new VR apps, an exploration of the Japanese city of Osaka and an investigation into the issue of overfishing.
The two new apps follow on the success of The Economist’s first app “RecoVR Mosul” which recreated the Mosul Museum. The museum and many of its artifacts had been destroyed by the Islamic State in 2015. RecoVR Mosul won the silver medal for the VR category in the 2016 Lovie Awards and a jury prize at the 2016 British Interactive Media awards.
The Economist’s “Passport: Osaka” is a 360 degree video which accompanies the “Passport” travel films. In “Passport: Osaka” you can visit a tattoo studio, a sento bathhouse or the city’s famous fish market. The 360 degree experience also gives you the opportunity to walk around the city at night.
The Economist’s third VR experience “OceansVR: Net Positive”, explains the issues involved with overfishing on the high sea. The VR experience allows you to step into the perspective of policy maker, fisherman, a diner and even a fish. “Oceans VR” has been selected for the 54th New York Film Festival convergence track.
The Economists VR experience are available through the VR app which is available for both iPhone and Android.