Near Segré: a new way to visit the Blue Mine, with virtual reality

On the occasion of All Saints 2022, the Blue Mine in Noyant-la-Gravoyère (Maine-et-Loire) opens access to the virtual visit. (©Haut Anjou)

of blue mine opens in a wider audience.

Using digital and more specifically virtual realitythey the so-called “impeded” public. now you can discover the mine of Drowning-la-Gravoyereclose to Segre (Maine-et-Loire)126 meters underground, while remaining sitting comfortably in an armchair.

Up to 15 minutes

“We are talking here with people with reduced mobilityIN Wheelchairwhich cannot don’t walk too long or who they are for example claustrophobic“, present The Flemish Benedictdirector of this tourist site managed by Pays de l’Anjou bought.

By setting one helmet on his head (with which you can wear glasses), the visitor will be able to experience the visit as if he were there. He is placed in a room he occupies real elevator decor of the Blue Mine.

On the occasion of All Saints 2022, the Blue Mine in Noyant-la-Gravoyère (Maine-et-Loire) opens access to the virtual visit.
On the occasion of All Saints 2022, the Blue Mine in Noyant-la-Gravoyère (Maine-et-Loire) opens access to the virtual visit. (©Mine blue)

Depending on the choices made by the visitor, the visit lasts between 12 and 15 minutes (vs. about 1:30 going really underground).

“With the help of a white dot that you point with your helmet, on the screen, you can choose whether or not to learn more about certain details of the mine.”

The Flemish Benedictdirector of the blue mine

This virtual tour is the result of a call for innovation started from Solutions & Co (the economic agency of the Region) and for which the Blue Mine was winner in 2021.

“This system enables companies in the territory to Solve problems of development encountered through the use of innovative solutions. “Here was one access problem impossible for some audiences.

Videos: currently on Actu
On the occasion of All Saints 2022, the Blue Mine in Noyant-la-Gravoyère (Maine-et-Loire) opens access to the virtual visit.
On the occasion of All Saints 2022, the Blue Mine in Noyant-la-Gravoyère (Maine-et-Loire) opens access to the virtual visit. (©Haut Anjou)

The team showed the site to the company selected for the project (LaComDigitale in La Séguinière). The script of the visit, written by the team, is the director and actor of Mayenne, Loïc Mejean, who slipped into the skin of Alfred, who plays the guide in the video.

Visit for €8

Going through virtual reality, the Blue Mine team logically already thought about it.

“But still it was necessary to find funding, timeand especially Skill to carry out an interactive visit like this”, admits the director, who announces a introductory price €8 for first time visitors.

” Tall Feasts of All Saints and until the end of our season in November 2022, we are in the initial phase and testing with the public. »

Then, after some final tweaks, the concept will reopen when the next season opens. in April 2023.

“And at the moment we really reserve it for disabled visitors. In any case, other visitors have nothing more to discover than in the actual underground tour.”

Practice: With reservation at 02 41 94 39 69 or at Web page. Price: €8.

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