Virtual reality

We make virtual reality experiences for education and to raise scientific awareness.

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be the size of a molecule deep inside a single cell? How does your DNA move and how do the tiny molecules and proteins behave to keep you healthy?

Virtual reality (VR) has evolved, and no longer comes with the motion sickness that tainted early experiences. VR is not only for gaming, it is also making waves in education and in medicine.

When you put on a head mounted display, VR changes your perception and convinces users that they're present in landscapes that are otherwise impossible to visit.

With hand-held controllers, VR lets you interact with molecules and affect their processes – an experience that creates both a meaningful and memorable learning experience.

Two types of virtual reality content

GarvanVR App – designed for Google Cardboard VR headset 

We've developed an animation about gene transcription that can be watched using your mobile phone or iPad by moving your device around to see the animation in 360 degrees.

Using a mobile head mounted display such as Google Cardboard, you can also watch this as a 3D stereoscopic animation immersed in virtual reality. 

Cell Explorer VR 

Cell Explorer is a high end interactive VR experience developed in collaboration with the 3D Visual Aesthetics Laboratory at UNSW Art and Design

This experience is designed for HTC Vive, and utilises hand-held controllers to allow people to grab molecules and DNA inside the nucleus of a cell.

GarvanVR app is available for iPhone or Android

This video presents a snapshot inside the Cell Explorer VR experience. Book a tour to experience it for yourself. 

Heartbeats of our Genome - 360

This 3D animation can be viewed in 360 degrees and shows how genetic information is copied from DNA into RNA.

VR Artist Mark Arrebola talks about the Cell Explorer VR experience. This video was produced by UNSW for the 2018 National Science Week Project: Practically Virtual.