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Experiential Design n.

1. the design and development of physically interactive experiences for the use of art, advertising, education, and/or entertainment.

2. the use of interactive technology to develop unique experiences which promote brand recognition.

(also see) interactive, technology, user experience, installation, events, design, art, architecture, creative coding, physical computing, social media

Shadows of Isolation

Shadows of Isolation, a Virtual Reality artwork, is a lucid dream like journey through an ever changing worldscape. Exploring urban isolationism and the replacement of nature with technology, it uses VR as an installation space, stepping outside of the traditional gallery/museum model to distribute immersive art freely to the masses. Download and explore for free (currently for Windows only):Shadows of Isolation: Small World Dusk

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People in Mexico Test Out Early Versions of Shadows of Isolation Virtual Reality

During the experience, the you’ll be fully immersed in different themed environments, some pass through, others stop and walk, swim, or fly around. The current twelve scenes vary from asteroid fields in outer space to underwater with whales to elephant stampedes, even base-jumping off a Hong Kong building. We’ll continue to add-on to the piece as an ever-evolving artwork, eventually integrating additional peripherals such as scent emitters, EEG, fans, and body tracking.

Shadows of Isolation: Small World Dusk

Innovative Control System

Shadows of Isolation can be experienced via game controllers, keyboard, and/or positional tracking. The most robust control scheme is a new positional tracking system we designed specifically for this experience. It utilizes the users’ bodies as controllers for navigating the virtual world, simply leaning in the direction they want to move and rotating their body to face any direction. This control method vastly reduces VR sickness and increases the sense of persistence. Anyone can utilize this control system by altering the DK2 setup by mounting the positional tracking camera directly above head. See the diagram below for instructions:

Shadows of Isolation: Oculus Dk2 Sensor Diagram

Shadows of Isolation: Base Jump

Shadows of Isolation: Cloud Islands

Shadows of Isolation: Whales

Shadows of Isolation: Ocean Hall

Shadows of Isolation: Small World Night Flood

Shadows of Isolation: Space

Shadows of Isolation: Street

Shadows of Isolation: Small World Summer

Shadows of Isolation: Fish