With VR becoming ever more sophisticated, it’s not really surprising that users are starting to think outside of the box. And in January 2017, the technology and art worlds will collide with the first ever 3D printed artworks created in virtual reality as part of an exclusive project between HTC Vive and London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Arts, titled ‘Virtually Real’.

The World’s First 3D Printed Virtual Reality Art Is Here

Alumni and students from the Royal Academy, Adham Faramawy, Elliot Dodd and Jessy Jetpacks, have spent the last three months creating unique artworks using the HTC Vive VR and Google’s Tilt Brush. Aspects of each of the artists’ individual work will then be 3D printed as part of a display at the Royal Academy, where visitors will be able to experience these ground-breaking creations in both virtual and physical form.

Using real-life graphics, the HTC Vive lets you move around and interact in hundreds of virtual worlds with an innovative hand controllers and 360° room-scale tracking. You can walk through, over, under and around the artworks, fully immersing yourself in the virtual pieces.

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As well as being able to explore the pieces using the HTC Vive headset, visitors to the exhibition in January can also try their own hand at creating masterpieces in VR using the same virtual reality programs used by the artists.

We headed down to the RA this week to see a demo of the ‘Virtually Real’ works ourselves and we were blown away. The Vive is probably the most impressive headset we’ve used and while gaming is the most obvious industry to see the benefits of VR technology, we could see the freedom and possibilities within the arts sector. In short, there are now no limitations.

The HTC Vive and Royal Academy of Arts ‘Virtually Real’ exhibition begins on Thursday 12th January until Saturday 14th January. Tickets are priced at £45 and you’ll need to pre-book. For more info head over to the Royal Academy Website and find out more about the HTC Vive over at the Vive Website.

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