A 360-degree virtual reality film, called “Under the Canopy,” lands you in the heart of the Amazon rainforests, among the three-toed sloths, the orange-cheeked parrots and panoramic greenery you wouldn’t have imagined within the confines of your walls earlier. The project by a nonprofit group, Conservation International, blends technology and entertainment to raise awareness about the serious implications of deforestation in Amazon.
The 11-minute video features a personal guide, who is a member of an indigenous community inhabiting the region for centuries, writes IFL Science. With simple clicks, one can pause to have a “look around,” while the story continues to run in the backdrop.
M. Sanjayan, Conservation International's executive vice president and senior scientist, says the virtual-experience lets people know what is at risk in the Amazon region, how deforestation is disturbing the ecosystem and what riches are on the brink of extinction, notes Live Science.