You’re stuck in SOCO. You feel the need to get out of the desert. You don’t have the wherewithal for the trip. Consider virtual reality. Most people who are into VR are gamers, but the travel industry is picking up on the trend as equipment prices have fallen. Travel professionals are using VR to tempt people for tours or to tout fancy hotels. Why take someone’s word or a couple of slides to choose your destination, when you can immerse yourself in a spot before you go. A website for travel pros, revfine.com has several 3D videos to give you a sampling of destinations.
Museums are getting on the VR bandwagon, too. Gearbrain.com credits lack of space, delicate art, and the possibility of heists for the museum boom in 3D creativity. Some of the VR activities need to be viewed in situ at each museum, including a creepy offering called Felice Grodin: Invasive Species at the Pėrez Art Museum in Miami. For homebodies, both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The British Museum offer tours that can be downloaded from any web or mobile device. You’ll have to have your own equipment to have the full experience, and some tours work best with certain brands. Without a headset but with just a swipe, you can see some really cool art.
OK, so you’re not going to spring for an Oculus Rift, $200 and up. What should you do? Head to Bisbee. The Bisbee Science Lab has a neat VR setup. They are pushing it for teens at “Reality is an Illusion,” a free Guided Experience on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids in grades 7 — 12 will get to try on the goggles and see some fascinating stuff, including some STEM experiences. Adults can enjoy the VR experiences just as much as the kids. You’re welcome at 24 Main St. Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where else in SOCO can you climb Mount Fujiyama or stroll around Paris?
The Bisbee Science Lab is a community organization set up as “a place to explore and practice science in the borderlands” and is operated as part of the Design Phase for a permanent Science Center.