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Life In 360°: Bristol’s Egyptian Crossing

‘Li360’ heads off to the Avon Gorge and to one of Britain’s most famous engineering sights.

Good morning and welcome to the first day of two weeks that look set to define what is to come with virtual realty (VR) – at least in the immediate future. As you can imagine this week focuses on Oculus Connect 3. Considering everything that has been going on that is going to be a very interesting event before we even get to the actual VR itself. There’s not only that though, there’s Google’s event going on at the same time, so plenty to look forward to this week alone.

With that in mind it’s going to be some very long hours for the VRFocus staff, so today’s Life In 360 doesn’t travel that far. In fact for a couple of us it’s just two hours away. We’re off to Bristol, courtesy of The Telegraph to check out the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s a name you might not necessary know but you’re likely to have seen it before.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

One of the most famous bridges in the UK and the symbol of Bristol itself, the bridge was originally designed by famed engineer of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. A fascinating man who helped shape what would become much of the Britain’s long standing engineering feats. From railway stations and bridges to tunnels and great iron steamships, Brunel created them all. Which you can see in this programme created by the BBC as part of their ‘Great Britons’ series. (A contest Brunel came second in.)

Finally completed after his death in 1859, Brunel’s design is memorable for the two towers which are distinctly Egyptian in their look – a design style that was in vogue back when Brunel won the design competition in 1831.

VRFocus will be back with another example of 360 degree video later this week.

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