The Circadian Rhythm is a brand new Virtual Reality experience that takes you on a journey inside the cell, explaining the processes behind the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology.
A year in the making, the Circadian Rhythm has been well recieved, both among scientists and VR-enthusiasts. The production has been a great leap in our mission of raising the bar for immersive education.
The Circadian Rhythm features both a 7 minute narrated journey, explaining the discoveries and the molecular mechanisms that create the 24-hours cycle, and an interactive mode, where the player can move freely and learn more in his or her own pace. This model has been very successful, and especially young people enjoy the interactive ability.
The researchers rewarded with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology worked with fruitflies ( Drosophila melanogaster ). Fruitflies are used because of their relatively simply composition and short reproduction cycle.
The 24-hour cycle of the Earth day is the basis of the circadian rhythm. This way the cells can prepare for waking up in the morning, going to bed at night and so on.
The inside of a cell has been described as a metropolitan city in a washing machine. Completely full, and a myriad of transactions and transformations happening simultaneously. As with most visualizations, the designers had to make decisions to balance between realism and clarity.
Available free for HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift at VivePort.com (link at the bottom).
Director/Lead Technical Artist: Mattias Söderholm
CTO/Lead Programmer: Joel Schöder
Executive producer: Magnus Arfors
Additional modelling: Daniel Jonason, Jakob Ardmar & Mattias Karlen
Additional animation: Niclas Halvarsson
In-game music: Kevin Martinez
Trailer music: WeAreTheFractals
Narrated by: Alexander Baxter