Will all the VR projects that Happy Finish has been helping with recently, people forget that they’re not a VR-specific organisation; more that they dabbled with the technology, and are now diving into a maelstrom of additional projects. (I also feel bad for Visualise who previously worked with the company – it’s a bit like an ex boyfriend picking a new partner). The View From the Shard is one of them, and it certainly looks intriguing.

The View From the Shard has introduced two new Virtual Reality experiences on its open-air Skydeck.

Happy Finish shot four high resolution 360-degree images from all four corners of the viewing platform, using a custom-made jib. Stitching these images together to produce a singular 360-degree image of London, this then went under extensive retouch and post production to produce the extremely detailed finished product. When donning the virtual headset, the visitor will feel like they are sitting in the real world due to the surroundings.

Rory Byrne, Client Director, at Happy Finish said, “The View from The Shard asked us to build a thrilling addition to enhance their already spectacular view. By using virtual reality and our three degrees of movement motion platform we are able to give the visitors an experience like no other in London. An unparalleled view of the city during an exhilarating ride around The Shard at speeds of 100mph.”

Nifty stuff, and would love to have a go someday. The experiences are free with attraction tickets until 4th August. Tickets are available to book online at www.theviewfromtheshard.com and are priced from £25.95.

Tom Ffiske