The Green Planet Project
The Green Planet AR Experience is a project developed in conjunction with the ground breaking BBC television series, The Green Planet. Guests will travel through six digitally enhanced worlds – including Rainforest, Freshwater, Saltwater, Desert, Seasonal and Human, as they explore our “Green Planet” as never before.
A 5G mobile phone, powered by one of EE’s ultra-low latency Private 5G networks allows you to explore through a number of different biomes, guided by a volumetric capture of Sir David Attenborough.
Through this technology, the experience engages audiences with plant life in an immersive and intimate way, allowing guests to witness the extraordinary nature of plants and in doing so, learning why they are so vital for the future of our planet.
The Green Planet Experience consortium members have innovated to combine content, exciting story-telling, ground breaking interaction, design and visual effects, 5G technology, Multi-access Edge Computing, science and volumetric capture video technology to create this inspiring immersive experience.
The project consortium is led by Factory 42 and includes BBC Studios, 5G mobile network operator EE, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Talesmith and Dimension Studios. These industry leading companies are part of the DCMS 5G Create project.
Experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have worked in partnership with Factory 42 to ensure that every tree, leaf and flower appears as it would in the natural world.
A world class experience delivered using world class technology. The breath-taking augmented environment is joined using the latest ultra-low latency Private 5G technology from leading providers EE and Ericsson. Galaxy S21 5G smart-phones from Samsung allow guests to join the immersive world, which is delivered from a GPU accelerated MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) platform and powered by a number of Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers. Each Server is equipped with AMD EPYC CPUs, paired with NVIDIA RTX 8000 GPUs and NVIDIA RTX Virtual Workstation software. This combination of technologies provides a powerful and wonderfully rich experience, which can be enjoyed by multiple guests simultaneously. The overall functionality and management of the MEC is further enhanced by utilizing the latest technology from VMware, which provides near bear-metal performance, but with all the benefits of virtualisation. The Augmented Reality content is delivered over the 5G network in real-time by NVIDIA’s CloudXR technology, which allows the content to be delivered in full fidelity, without compromise.
With stunning content created by the highly talented team at Factory 42, delivered using the latest 5G technology from EE and Ericsson and integrated by The GRID Factory, this platform provides a truly world class immersive showcase, which will be welcoming visitors throughout February 2022 at 55 Regent Street, London.
Success of the Project
The project is a significant milestone in the partnership between Ericsson and EE, who are already working together to deliver 5G connectivity to millions of EE customers across the UK. As network partners, Ericsson and EE are committed to exploring exciting opportunities for future collaboration around new and innovative 5G services, such as cloud gaming, AR/VR entertainment, immersive communications and private network solutions to meet the growing demands of consumers and enterprise customers.
Guests will enter the experience from Regent Street through a living rainforest complete with hundreds of tropical trees, plants and shrubs. Before entering the first of the digitally enhanced biomes, guests will be given a smartphone device which will become their dynamic window into the world of plants. With the magic of Augmented Reality and 5G technology, visitors will discover the world of plants on their timescale and from their perspective.
As Sir David Attenborough explains “You’ll see that plants can be as aggressive, competitive and dramatic as any living thing on the planet – and how they form intriguing relationships with animals. And you’ll discover why plants are so vital for the future of our planet. Your device is a window into a secret world.”
Sir David Attenborough in holographic form will accompany visitors with useful prompts showing guests where to point their devices to see all of the Augmented Reality plant and animal life in all its glory, as well as offering insights on the plant life on display.
The first of the biomes offers visitors the chance to join a virtual David Attenborough under the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest to witness the wonders of this intricately balanced ecosystem and watch as the giant balsa tree grows from a digital seed to join the canopy as a towering virtual tree. The Augmented Reality allows guests to see years of rapid balsa tree growth in a matter of seconds, as well as over 350 plants and animals that call the rainforest their home.
The Augmented Reality magic continues in the second biome, where guests will venture into the depths of the Amazon Basin where they will learn the secrets of the Giant Amazon Water Lily, following the perilous journey of the scarab beetle as it’s captured by the flower for pollination.
In the third biome, visitors can wander through the underwater meadows of Neptune Seagrass, learning about this wonder plant that captures incredible amounts of carbon and plays a valuable role in cleaning up our oceans. By moving through the Augmented Reality Neptune Seagrass, visitors will become the current, watching as shoals of Damsel fish feed between the fronds and turtles, barracuda and amberjacks swim past.
Guests will explore the Saguaro Cactus of the Sonoran Desert of Mexico in the fourth biome, hearing from Sir David about this pillar of the community and how many animals depend on it for food and shelter. Visitors will be awestruck at the scale of this cactus as they watch the Gila Woodpecker make its nest.
In the Seasonal Biome, visitors will enter the South African Cape to be taken on a tour of the Fynbos, one of the richest and most diverse ranges of flowering plant species on the planet, before being engulfed in a huge digital fire The environmental conditions created by the fire prompt the mysterious Fire Lily to bloom before visitors eyes, filling the biome with opportunistic pollinators including the Table Mountain Butterfly.
Concluding this virtual journey through some of the world’s most fascinating plant life, visitors will visit the Human Biome where they will learn about how domesticated plants are impacting thousands of wild species.
Through this technology, the experience engages audiences with plant life in an immersive and intimate way, allowing visitors to witness the extraordinary nature of plants and in doing so, learning why they are so vital for the future of our planet.
Scientists and horticultural experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have been involved in the creation to ensure every tree, leaf and flower guests experience is a scientifically accurate representation.
Put nature at your fingertips, in a ground-breaking experience powered by EE’s 5G network. Tickets can be booked at: www.TheGreenPlanetExperience.co.uk
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