Relax At Sea
March 10, 2017

Took a recent cruise and enjoyed our deck view and want to recreate the feeling of sitting back and enjoying watching the view sail past.

Update: Sept 12, 2017 "Relax At Sea (Alaska Sunset)" is now "Relax At Sea" and contains two different scenes

This will allow me to add new "at sea" experiences into one application. There are three more experiences I am contemplating for this series.

Minor updates have been made to "Alaska Sunset" to improve the graphics as well as 3rd party Unity Assets have been updated.

Update: July 5, 2017 I am going on another Alaska cruise at the end of this month. I am taking my DSLR and a new zoom lens so I can take reference shots so that I may improve this experience after I return. I have also found a Northern Lights asset that will allow me to integrate that into this experience.

Update: June 23, 2017 Release Added some more features, tweaked and fixed a number of items. Make sure to enjoy the moon rise after the sun sets, the snow fluffies in the night, the howl of the wolves and the orca's and whales singing.

Update: June 16, 2017 Purchased a new yacht, now you can walk around it. Added more orca and fine tuned dozens of things.

Update: May 26, 2017 Thanks to a number of comments I realized that the first versions were much more of a prototype, but hey, I'm a developer, not a designer. I have recreated the experience from scratch with new elements, sounds, models. There are still issues, for example the yacht is having an issue and if I cannot get that handled I will have to purchase a new yacht (problems to have!).

Update: May 12, 2017 I completed recreated this application from scratch. (live and learn) to improve a number of issues. There are now more types of mountains, boats and other items to make the experience more interesting. I have updated the Lat/Long to place the experience in Alaska. There are a number of issues that still need to be addressed, but I wanted to release this for feedback.

Update: April 27, 2017 Added seagulls and mountains and a few other items. Improved the ocean as well as more random weather and now the boat gently rocks. Bouys now properly float.

"Suite Life" is a short 5 minute experience inside a cruise cabin. The user lies in bed watching the Tracy Arm Fjord pass by using footage I shot this summer. Combining real footage within a virtual environment to create a more immersive experience.

"Alaska Sunset" is a 20+ minute sail on a private yacht within Alaska's Inside Passage. Experience whales and orcas, watch the boats and ships pass into the night as the sun set, the stars come out and the moon rises above the mountains.

To select a scene look at one of the available option and the sun will change from yellow to white, press the Oculus Remote's main button to select that experience.

video of the beta version

Some of the components used in this experience.

This is my first Oculus Rift Experience, it gave me a great start to using Unity to create applications for VR

Download Relax At Sea 1.5 Sept 12, 2017. 1.2GB

Download Relax At Sea - Prototype Version 0.008 May 12, 2017. 447MB

I have kept the prototype version available so that you can see the progress from that to the released version, if nothing else for a laugh.

Technologies: C#, Unity, Visual Studio