And then book a cottage at www.Oakwood-Gardens.com where each night comes with a bucket of alpaca food so you can woo the therapeutic buggers to join you for breakfast. You know you want to.
And then go buy some alpaca stuff from Alpacas.com. Proceeds to go Quechua Benefit, a non-profit founded in 1996 to help break the cycle of poverty amongst under-served communities in the highlands of Peru.
Whenever we're involved with a project that focus on access to nature and parts of the world that the public either has never seen before or hasn't had access to in generations, we get all warm and fuzzy inside.
So when we were approached by the Willamette Falls Trust, who are working in conjunction with Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro and the State of Oregon, to help them bring to life their vision for restoring public access, for the first time in 150 years, to THE NATION'S SECOND LARGEST WATERFALL, we were beyond thrilled.
Superswell VR, was insanely fortunate to be asked by the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology to produce a 360 virtual reality tour of their campus - a campus that sits at the trailhead of one of the most spectacular spots on the Oregon coast - Cascade Head.
The Sitka Center is a pretty impressive and special little place. With it's robust ecology & arts-inspired programming and its artist-in-residence programs and its location...oh its location...you couldn't find a better way to spend a weekend...or a week...or a month….
We've got some pretty cool stuffs to share - Superswell VR has just been approved and classified as a Trusted Google Street View company. What this means is that if you're a business, destination or organization looking for exposure, as Trusted providers by Google, we are able to help you gain visibility quickly and easily by
Some of the most important and purposeful work we can think of involves inspiring the future of our environment's stewards to learn about, care for, and share their care for, Mother Nature. And there's a local non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon doing just that - Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors (ECO).
Through both in-classroom ecology lessons and hands-on ecological enrichment programs, over the past 12 years, ECO has inspired over 20,000 elementary school students to connect to our natural world. TWENTY THOUSAND! What this insanely talented and dedicated group of creative and passionate administrators and educators have put together and managed to accomplish has been nothing short of incredible. Needless to say, Superswell VR cannot be prouder and more humbled to be working with ECO…
Last month, Superswell VR co-founder Wasim Muklashy was asked to head out to Branson, Missouri, the location for the 16th annual North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) conference, to deliver a presentation entitled "How Virtual Reality Is Changing The Travel Industry."
Superswell VR co-founder Wasim Muklashy and a couple of his buddies recently backpacked Olympic National Park's High Divide Trail, an 18-mile loop that takes you through old-growth forests, sub-alpine meadows and valleys filled with alpine lake after lake and rivers and streams, rocky ridge-lines affording you a peek at Mount Olympus, and so much more.
Well, to save you a few mosquito bites and blisters…
Science, nature, and a sustainable future are all topics that we hold near and dear to us at Superswell VR, so we could not have been more excited when the North American Forest Partnership invited us to their latest conference in Portland, Oregon to show their members what's possible in virtual reality.
In staying true to their mission of sustainability, the first day found us at the offices of Ankrom Moisan Architects, an architecture firm dedicated to sustainable and communal design, and on the second day…
When Superswell VR co-founder and professional photographer Wasim Muklashy made the choice to move up to the Pacific Northwest he knew he had to pay homage to the Santa Monica Mountains - home to his beloved Topanga Canyon.
"No question about it, that range played one of the most pivotal roles in the development from one version of me to another," Muklashy states. "From…
If you haven't noticed, we at Superswell VR like to get our adventure on, and when it comes to the outdoors, who better to team up with than Outdoor Project. Here's a recent hike we did to Oregon's beautiful Clackamas & Memaloose Falls in the Mount Hood Forest in, yup, full 360˚ virtual reality video. Ropes, mud, bridges, tunnels...this one had it all. So strap on your hiking boots, a couple liters of water, a snack, some sunscreen, and your VR headset and join us while we do it again...and again...and again...
Roskilde Festival is Scandinavia's WILDEST party, and it's happening for the 45th time beginning June 24. If you're headed out to Denmark, or just curious what the experience is like, this one's for you. Come along for the ride as we explore one of the world's largest music festivals in 360 degrees!
If you've got a VR headset and want to check out the shenanigans we found ourselves caught up in at last year's festival, jump in via…"
The ocean is the most important ecosystem on our planet, and Doug Aitken isn't about to let us forget that. The internationally renowned contemporary artist has created "Underwater Pavilions," a traveling exhibit that you can only see by diving or snorkeling. The exhibit consists of three swim-in, swim-out sculptures that utilize a mix of rugged and reflective materials. Part of each pavilion is mirrored, surrounding divers with a kaleidoscopic seascape.
Our first season focuses on off-the-beaten-track experiences in the greater Los Angeles area. In episode one, we strap on our seatbelts, tighten our helmets and get behind the wheel at Drift 101. Drifting pros Naoki Kobayashi and David Kim think they can teach us how to drift in less than 20 minutes. Lunacy? We think so…
Well that was something! And a crazy fun something at that! Last week, the Superswell® VR team braved the Pacific Ocean's winter waters to capture a cutting-edge underwater sculpture exhibit in 360˚ VR video.
As a co-founder of Superswell® VR and producer of virtual reality and 360˚ video, I’m am completely and continually fascinated by the various applications of how this technology can be used. While we’ve been using this for a lot of travel content, I was recently asked by AJ+, a very popular millennial news source, if I had any interest in heading out to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to cover the Dakota Access Pipeline situations.
Kurhotel Skodsborg is the Danish Rivera’s premiere health and wellness retreat, with a history that spans centuries.
King Frederic VII of Denmark acquired the Skodsborg county estate in the mid-1800s to summer here with his wife, and vestiges of the past add both character and a sense of place to the property. The King’s Hall—where state meetings and banquets were held—has been painstakingly restored according to the estate’s original drawings, so it looks just as it did in the 19th century. You can spot the king's seal and a bust of the king himself if you look closely.
Huahine may not be a household name like Bora Bora or Tahiti—that’s because this sleepy island in the South Pacific is one of Polynesia’s best-kept secrets. Formally home to Polynesian royalty, Huahine has the highest concentration of pre-European marae (sacred meeting places) in all of Polynesia.
See the ancient marae and learn about the ceremonies preformed here, visit the scenic shores where the Europeans first landed and find out where religion started on this island. Your local guide Manava with Island Eco Tours will share the culture of his ancestors with you, from tales of battles and human sacrifice to the folkloric birth of Huahine.
Bora Bora’s lagoon has enchanted visitors for centuries, and it’s easy to see why. An ideal way to experience its legendary turquoise waters is with a full- or half-day snorkel safari with Lagoon Service. During the first part of the excursion, you'll find yourself snorkeling around coral gardens, teeming with tropical fish and getting an up-close look at endemic stingrays and even black-tip reef sharks. Don’t worry, they’re friendly.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the overwater bungalow with superswell VR's 360° video tour of the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
What image comes to mind when you think of Bora Bora? Chances are it’s the overwater bungalow—French Polynesia’s signature accommodations that just happen to be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Unlike a typical hotel room, the thatched-roof overwater bungalows of Bora Bora sit above turquoise lagoon waters. Each bungalow offers a glass-bottom feature, so you can actually spot tropical fish swimming beneath your feet. In this VR video, see the overwater bungalows of the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa and other highlights of the resort including a canoe breakfast, beach activities and a killer sunset.
It’s hard to imagine a destination that could look better in virtual reality than the islands of Tahiti, from its coral gardens and overwater bungalows to its epic purple sunsets. Naturally, when superswell VR was given a prototype of the world’s first true 3-D omniview camera, we grabbed our swimsuits and headed straight to the island paradise of French Polynesia.
But shooting with a prototype camera in unpredictable conditions wasn't without its challenges (i.e. "dude, this sh*t is hard").
So what happens when you expose a prototype VR camera to extreme heat, high humidity, salt water, aggressive wind and sharks? Watch the video below to find out.
A couple of months ago, we found ourselves in the fortunate situation of shooting virtual reality footage with a prototype VR camera...in Tahiti. Needless to say, that was an insane experience that I will never ever forget. If you want to read about that experience, check out this post, but here, we're going to lay out a few things we learned about shooting virtual reality, because, believe you we, it's nothing like shooting regular video...
So this is a project I've had to keep under wraps for almost a half year now, and it's been hot darn damn difficult! I recently found myself shooting virtual reality (VR) footage for a week in March with a prototype high end VR camera system. The idea was to gather footage to demonstrate the system's capabilities at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) in San Francisco at the end of last month, as well as Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference (SVVR) in Palo Alto that same week.