Virtual Reality working at the Forge

After a few teething problems the system developed by Dr John Murray of the University of Lincoln using a HLF grant delivered a Virtual Reality system to the Forge today. The project is designed to emulate the work of the Blacksmith and the inside of the Forge. The viewer wears an Oculus Rift headset and as the head moves the view changes giving the impression of being immersed in the virtual world of the Forge. In this virtual world the Blacksmith can heat a piece of metal in the hearth and then using a virtual hammer modify its shape much as is done by a real Blacksmith. The video shows the images displayed to the left and right eye. The system can be viewed in the Forge and visitors over 13 can try this new experience by the end of January.