Just a wee bit ago, we reported that Queen’s Brian May was creating his own low cost virtual reality headset. Dubbed the “Owl”, his product gave Google Cardboard quite a Victorian vibe, and was composed of just a few fold-able pieces of plastic, some lenses, and a magnetic strip. While we’re not completely sure what prompted May to create the product, his message was clear: VR is here, and it’s here to stay.
Brian is back, this time with the a few of his buddies from the iconic band. In collaboration with Google, the band has developed what they like to call “The Bohemian Rhapsody Experience”. Through its own dedicated app which users can download on Google play (and soon on iTunes), viewers will have the opportunity to dive in to an animated world detailing the artistic workings of the song Bohemian Rhapsody. Perhaps the group’s most popular song to date, the track was a great choice, as it allowed the group to produce a lengthy interactive animation based around the story Freddy Mercury wrote all those years ago.
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When users launch the app, the are greeted with the option to watch with Google Cardboard, or just use their phone’s gyroscope to watch regular 360 degree video. While the normal video experience works just fine, viewing with cardboard makes a huge difference. I tried this out for myself with my own headset, and having animated characters fly right by you is a wholly different experience. If you’ve ever used an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
If you’ve ever been a fan of the group, make sure to check this out. Though it feels more like a Beatles movie than a Queen experience, it’s still cool that the team put in this much work to showcase the band’s unique talent.
If you want to check out the app, you can download it here.
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