Cool project called Rio: Beyond the Map
A virtual host takes you on a tour to explore the favelas in Rio and tell some background and stories of the residents there.
“A stunning and captivating way for publishers and content creators to share immersive stories, places and experiences with their fans.”
“Fans can easily discover your content with a special 360 icon indicating interactivity.”
“A production-ready, high-quality 3D-360 camera design with accompanying automated stitching technology that seamlessly marries the video from 17 cameras, reducing post-production effort and time.”
The design specs and stitching code will be made available on GitHub in summer 2016. Works with Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR.
“Virtual reality will never replace reality, but can provide us with experiences that are otherwise impossible or hard to attain.” – Source: Bridging the ‘Reality Gap’
Watch the following video, starting at about 3:05
Immersive Syrian Refugee Film Comes to Life with Oculus
I’m particularly excited for the use of virtual reality in travel and education. A recent article posted on the Wall Street Journal discusses students using virtual reality goggles in the classroom to virtually visit places like the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, and Tenochtitlan.
“The search giant sends kits to teachers that contain everything they need to run one of these virtual trips: ASUS smartphones, a tablet for the teacher to direct the tour and Google Cardboard viewers or Mattel View-Masters.”
Schools can sign up to have Google bring the experience to their school through the Experience Pioneer Program at no cost. But space is limited.
Mark Zuckerberg on what he thinks the primary applications of the Oculus VR headset will be:
“The reason we’re excited in this space is the continued progression of people getting richer and richer ways to share what’s on their mind. Ten years ago it was text. Now it’s mostly visual and photos, then primarily video and we’re seeing huge growth there, but that is not the end of the line. Immersive 3D content is the obvious next thing after video.”
Interesting to think about how VR within Facebook might look. One application I can envision would be someone posting a virtual reality video (I’ll call it a “VR”) of their wedding reception and their friends can put on their own virtual reality headset and experience it. Those without a virtual reality headset will watch it more like a traditional video.
Awesome story posted on Reddit about some architects reaction to their first use of an Oculus Rift: Architects I work for just gave the best reactions I’ve ever seen in person.
“How is this already possible”, “I get it now, I’m so happy I didn’t put more bridges in the main hall”, “I can now finally see how important it is that this wall is yellow”, “I got to change that, amazing that I can finally see it”, “this opens so much to me”.
A new virtual reality theme park is set to open in 2016. Its opening in Pleasant Grove, Utah, where I happen to live 🙂
Includes what you might expect – headsets, virtual environments that you can experience and interact with. If done right, could be awesome.
Always cool to see the new ways that people and businesses are using virtual reality. At the Space Needle in Seattle, they will soon offer a virtual walk around the outside of the upper platform of the Space Needle. Not for those who have a fear of heights.
But then again, will a fear of heights in the non-virtual world mean an equal fear of heights in the virtual world? To be seen . . .
Widerun offers an in home bicycle exercise stand that ties in with a VR headset giving the rider an immersive virtual bicycling experience. They also have a marketplace where you can access additional locations to virtually train in.
Campus tours using Virtual Reality. A clear application for virtual reality. Cool concept. I would have used this when I was applying to various universities. This particular example is from Stony Brook University in New York. Prospective students can use a headset to navigate a photo tour of the campus.