This year, you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in Virtual Reality. While you hopefully have plans of you own, check out the celebrations in other locations in VR. It’s been an incredible year for VR developments and cities around the globe will be offering 360 videos.
Here’s a quick guide for an immersive experience of New Year’s Eve in Virtual Reality. Just remember to keep in mind the time zone difference!
- London Fireworks Display. Tickets for London’s New Year’s Eve show have long sold out but the BBC network has come to the rescue with a 360 virtual broadcast tonight. The live stream begins at 11:50 GMT and you can use this YouTube link or the video below.
- Eye Heart NYE in San Francisco – December 31st, 2016. If you’re in San Francisco, check out the Virtual Reality playground. According to Virtual Reality Reporter,
Sponsored by UploadVR, HTC Vive and Syber this is an awesome opportunity to experience VR as you usher in the New Year. Live music from Klingande, Viceroy, Kill Frenzy, a giant Ferris Wheel, plus food and drinks will make this a New Year’s to remember.
- Madrid New Year’s Eve Celebration from a GoPro. Here’s the countdown in Madrid from the vantage-point of a well-placed GoPro camera for the New Year’s Eve countdown.
- AlSpaceVR. Once again, the Social VR platform will be hosting an event. And if your family and friends are not around, you can still celebrate virtually with others. And since AltSpaceVR can bring in live video feeds, you can still watch the ball drop in New York City and check out the events in other cities around the world.
New Year’s Eve in Virtual Reality and Real Life
However you celebrate tonight, we wish you a wonderful New Year! See you in 2017!
Emory Craig is a writer, speaker, and VR consultant with extensive experience in art, new media, and higher education. He speaks at global conferences on innovation, education, and ethical technology in the future. He has published widely and worked with the US Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Living at the intersection of learning, games, and immersive storytelling, he is fascinated by AI-based avatars, digital twins, and the ethical implications of blurring the boundaries between the real and the virtual.