The Schmidt Ocean Institute is using virtual reality to help scientists explore the ocean floor.
Virtual reality offers a wider and detailed view of the vents when compared to traditional cameras typically used on remote-controlled submarines, Tom Kwasnitschka, chief scientist at Germany’s Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, told Smithsonian Magazine.
“Imagine walking through Manhattan and only being allowed to see [the city] through the viewfinder of a camera,” he said. “What kind of experience would you get?”
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