National Geographic and Facebook plan first presidential virtual reality video for August, featuring Obama in Yosemite

(Photo: David Guttenfelder, National Geographic)

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

“President Obama will become the first sitting President to participate in a virtual reality video experience,” the White House press pool reported this weekend. “The virtual reality video will feature the President’s visit to Yosemite and include a conversation with Don Neubacher, Superintendent of Yosemite National Park.

“The virtual reality film, shot by National Geographic, Facebook and its Oculus team, and Felix & Paul Studios, will be released in August to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service.”

In the exclusive interview, Obama called the National Parks “America’s Best Idea” as he walked through Yosemite with the National Geographic Channel’s Explorer host Richard Bacon. An excerpt is here. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first national park in America.

(Photo credit: David Guttenfelder, National Geographic)

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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