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Inside South Korea's Space 360 spherical projection theater

January 30, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by ISPR

The Gwangju National Science Museum has recently opened South Korea's first spherical projection theater Space 360.

In 2006, famous movie director Steven Spielberg outlined his idea on what movie theaters of the future could look like. "Some day in the not too distant future you'll be able to go to a movie and the movie will be all around you. The movie will be over your head, it will be a 360 degrees around you, even be a little bit under you," he said in an interview with Time magazine.

A decade later, his words are becoming reality as spherical immersive 360 theaters are starting to emerge around the world. One of them has been recently built in South Korea. Ukrainian creative studio Front Pictures was responsible for engineering and installing the projection system and software.

Space 360 - which is 12 meters in diameter - is located next to Lucerium National Science Museum in Gwangju. This spherical projection theater can be considered a true VR theater of the future. When visitors step inside, they find themselves on a transparent glass observation bridge, which crosses the sphere's interior. A crisp 360 video projection around, above, and below the viewers fully immerses them as they stand and watch. They literally dive into a virtual world without having to use VR headsets.

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