Drones and the Virtual Reality Experience
The desire to present a simulation of genuine experience—verisimilitude—is at the heart of of the visual arts. During its nearly 200-year history photography has evolved ever closer to a simulacrum of human vision. From early efforts to create 3D experience, to the most recent head-mounted display (HMD) video virtual reality imaging, the desire to extend the illusion of reality within a mediated visual experience continues. With the availability, beginning in 2017, of drone-based VR cameras, the limits of the virtual reality experience were no longer bound to the earth. This website, which explores fifteen different use cases for drone-augmented virtual reality, won a “Best of Festival Award” at the 2019 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.