Samsung – UNESCO pact: Soon Indian Heritage Sites in 360-degree & VR view

The Samsung India has signed pact with UNESCO MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development) to launch 360° Degree Video and Virtual Reality (VR) content of two magnificent Indian heritage sites. These are as follows:

  • Sun Temple in Konark of Odisha and
  • Taj Mahal in Agra of Uttar Pradesh
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Free VR Content & Indian Heritage Sites

The content on Indian heritage sites will be available freely across all social media channels in both 360° and VR formats. VR content will also be provided to the Union Ministry of Tourism and State Tourism Boards to be used for tourism promotion in India and across the world.

Virtual Reality Project

This project will provide experiential educational content to students across the country. The immersive content will also be available to students at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), where Samsung Smart Classes have been set up in over 500 schools since 2013.

Indian heritage sites 360° Video & Virtual Reality (VR) View
Students of JNV experiencing the 360° Video on Sun Temple at the Samsung Smart Class using Samsung Gear VR

Latest VR Content

On 16th of December 2017, the 360° video & Virtual Reality (VR) content of Konark Sun Temple was launched at the Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (TECH) 2017 in Visakhapatnam, which was organized by UNESCO MGIEP .

Future Perspective

Right now, there are 36 UNESCO heritage sites in India. Samsung India may take up more sites to develop 360° video and VR content in future.

Who signed MoU?

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the content was signed between Samsung India and UNESCO MGIEP in the presence Satya Pal Singh, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Shri Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Minister of Human Resources Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Samsung India & UNESCO pact
Samsung India & UNESCO pact
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