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The Immersive Experience of Expo Milano 2015. The 3D Tour with Samsung VR Gear

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A new project, born out of a collaboration between Dassault Systèmes and Samsung, Edutainment Partner of Expo Milano 2015 , enriches the Universal Exposition visitor experience. After the Virtual Tour, the online platform that allows a virtual visit to the city of Milan and to the pavilions along the Decumano, now there are also new virtual and augmented reality helmets to view in detail the some of the pavilions’ architecture and additional information on the history of the featured pavilion’s host. The experience becomes immersive thanks to a helmet with special lenses attached to a tablet. The visitor is launched into a 360 degree virtual world to be navigated with a very unique rudder: his or her own eyes.  
 
Watch and learn!  Interact with the 3D environment through your eyes
 
While wearing the virtual helmet, thanks to sensors in the device – the gyro and accelerometer - you can experience and explore the virtual environment in 360 degrees. Once immersed in the 3D environment the viewer sees icons, and looking at these icons triggers commands to access different spaces or for  new content to appear, such as images and 3D reconstructions of a location. With the Oculus-Samsung GEAR VR helmet, visitors can time travel too: In front of the Tree of Life the sky passes from day to night and in the piazza in front of Milan’s Duomo,  the early Christian basilica that preceded it, appears.
 
Expo Milano 2015 offers approximately 40 Oculus-Samsung GEAR VR helmets to entertain visitors in the lines in front of the Pavilions. Here's what can be seen:
 
TURKEY: IMMERSIVE PREVIEW OF EXPO ANTALYA 2016
You can have a virtual preview of the Antalya 2016 Horticultural Exhibition. Wearing the virtual reality glasses, you can fly over the exhibition site, which will be a large botanical garden, developed from the Antalya theme that will be flowers. With the same application you can visit the sights of the city and the region of Antalya.

SLOVAKIA: immersive TOUR OF THE COUNTRY AND THE PAVILION
Slovakia has aroused great public interest with its immersive tour, comprised of  24 locations throughout the country’s eight regions. And the citizens of Bratislava can virtually "teleport" themselves to the Slovak Pavilion of Expo Milano 2015.

PLANET Lombardy: VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE UNESCO SITES
The ten UNESCO sites in Lombardy can be visited virtually, within the Planet Lombardy space of Piazza Italia, thanks to a series of Oculus viewers available to visitors. The application also includes time travel, views of the historic pile-dwelling sites and the Lombard city of Brescia.

MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT: IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE NATIONAL PARKS
The Biodiversity Park of Expo Milano 2015 offers ten Oculus Gear VR helmets for a virtual tour of the 24 national parks and protected marine areas.

SLOVENIA: TOUR OF REGIONS AND HOT SPRINGS
The Slovenia Pavilion’s Oculus helmets are dedicated to two applications made by Telecom Design: the tour of the country (two locations for each of the 12 regions) and an immersive experience in the Slovenian hot springs.

UGANDA: TOUR OF THE COUNTRY
The national parks and location of Uganda are visible through the Oculus helmets at the Coffee Cluster, where the Pavilion of the African country is found. The application also includes 3D simulations of the Ugandan territory.

The city of Milan also offers a chance to test the immersive experience of Expo Milano 2015. The Oculus helmets are available at Central Station, Linate Airport  and Expo Gate in Piazza Castello.
 

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