President Obama embraced Virtual Reality in his recent visit to Yosemite National Park. He has been turned into a unique VR experience where you can take a walk with the President.
June 19, 2016
Written by: 360DegreeInsanity
President Obama To Be In New Virtual Reality National Park Experience
Whether you agree with President Obama’s political views or not, there is no denying that the man is probably one of the most tech-savy individuals we have ever had in office. While Obama has embraced solar and wind energy, and helped prop up research groups working on some of the more advanced types of technology, such as 3D printing and stem cells, this week he has embraced virtual reality for a good cause.
The President has been visiting national parks as a way to commemorate their 100th anniversary. One recent stop at Yosemite has put him on the VR map per se. National Geographic along with Facebook’s Oculus and Félix & Paul Studios will be filming the White House’s first virtual reality experience, and the President will be in the middle of it all. The idea is to bring awareness to America’s National Parks, and who’s better to help do that than Barack Obama, one of the countries biggest proponents for clean energy and the protection of the environment.
The virtual reality experience, which will take place at Yosemite and feature an interview with Obama walking in the park, while discussing it’s beauty and his concerns with Don Neubacher, superintendent of Yosemite National Park, will air sometime in August. While many here may not agree with everything he’s done as President, one can not deny that his embrace of technology can’t be a bad thing. Obama used the opportunity to discuss global warming a bit as well.
“One of the things that binds us together is we only have one planet and climate change is probably the biggest threat – not only to natural wonders like this—but to the well-being of billions of people, coastal cities, agricultural communities that can be displaced in the span of a few decades by changes in temperatures that mean more drought, more wildfires,” the President said. “Part of why it’s so important for us to raise awareness (about climate change) with the general public is: This is a solvable problem.”