VR??? Virtual Reality???

What's up with Google Cardboard?

Smore

My presentation today is using Smore. It is marketed as a service for creating online flyers, but it's a little bit more than that. It is a service for quickly creating great-looking webpages. It is dynamic and changeable even including links and videos. I started using it this summer so the participants in my classes could be literally "on the same page" with links and information.

What is VR?

Virtual Reality is a computer generated reality manipulated and explored using various input devices such as Google cardboard, headphones, gloves or a computer. Using these devices a user can browse throughout a virtual world or pickup and manipulate virtual objects.

Watch the reactions to Google Cardboard by different groups:

You will need Google Cardboard and a Smart Phone!

Google Cardboard was introduced in 2014 as an inexpensive, easy to use virtual reality headset. The entire unit consists of:

  • cardboard housing
  • velcro
  • two lenses
  • rubber band

To use the headset, a user places a smartphone (Android based or iPhone 5 or 6) in front of the lenses, while relying on a mobile application running on the phone to replicate a virtual environment. As the user’s head turns and moves, the application adjusts based on the phone’s sensors that detect movement.

VR Experience with Limited Investment.

Some realities with Google Cardboard:

  • tour city & spaces
  • Mirror real life capacity
  • Interactive games
  • Immersive viewing experience

Some must-have Google Cardboard Apps:

Some are FREE and some COST!

Some are for Androids or iOS or both!

Google Cardboard

This FREE Android/iOS app lets you: 


Explorer: Explore exciting environments.
Exhibit: View 3D objects from a museum collection.
Urban Hike: Take a hike through iconic cities around the world.
Kaleidoscope: Enjoy a fun stereoscopic take on the old classic.

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DinoTrek VR Experience

Follow different dinosaurs as the camera flies over the action. This is more of a story than a stand-still activity, but it can be played as many times as you wish. Every time, you can turn a different way and see something new. For an iOS device. $.99
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Discovery VR

Wonderful FREE 3D videos on a wide variety of subjects for Android and iOS. Join us on our newest adventure in virtual reality and explore the immersive world of Discovery VR. In this growing collection of dynamic 360 video experiences, you’ll find exclusive clips from behind-the-scenes of your favorite shows, heart-pounding adventures and stunning celebrations of our incredible planet. Viewable with or without Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear. App presents the Legends of the Alamo!
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GermBuster VR Google Cardboard

For maximum impact, pair this app with a RealTrigger (free to download and assemble http://www.realiteer.com/build-realtrigger), which allows you to aim and shoot bubbles to kill germs with a virtual bubble gun. This visually simple app is kid-friendly, with physical interaction that can keep them occupied for hours. FREE iPhone and Android

Note: Has in app purchases to unlock more rooms to kill germs.

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Roller Coaster Simulator

The FREE Roller Coaster Simulator is a simulation app that lets you build and ride roller coasters in virtual reality. There are currently two roller coasters to ride. To play select a roller coaster in the menu and move your phone around to change your view and look around. This game is a way to demonstrate the virtual reality capabilities of IOS. Some advertisement with this app.

Note: There is also a free VR Roller Coaster Simulator 3 D.

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InMind VR

This app will take you on a journey into the patient's brains in search of the neurons that cause mental disorder. This experimental project made by Nival is an awesome way to navigate into a human brain in virtual reality. Android and iOS - FREE
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Lanterns for Google Cardboard

This beautiful app gives you a night view of the Lantern Festival celebration. Android Only
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New York Times VR Stories

Access richly-immersive stories from across the globe. Android and iOS FREE
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Tuscany – Beenoculus

- Explore the quaint Tuscan countryside. This might be useful to visualize Italy when reading books or studying history for iOS. FREE
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VR Safari

How many animals can you identify on safari? Use this app for studying about animal habitats or for counting, grouping, or identifying animal characteristics. iOS FREE
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Vrse

Vrse is a very interesting story-telling application. It shows you sweeping landscapes and graphics while you listen to stories. Android or iOS FREE
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VRstories

VRstories brings news into virtual reality. Put yourself in the middle of newsworthy American events including historical, sports, and human interest stores from Gannett. With an expanding library of compelling 360-degree videos, you can immerse yourself in the stories of America, with or without cardboard viewers. The experience is streamed to your device or can be downloaded for offline viewing. iOS FREE
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YouVisit VR

This app lets you step into exotic locations like Machu Picchu; browse leading colleges and universities, including Harvard and Yale; and become immersed in breathtaking live events like TomorrowWorld. Android or iOS FREE
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Google Cardboard Community

You can join the Cardboard Community of VR enthusiasts and developers to meet and discuss Cardboard, the VR Tool-kit, and the overall VR space.

Google Cardboard for Education

You can join the Google Cardboard for Education to see what other classrooms are doing. It is a place to get ideas and see why you need Google Cardboard in your classroom.

Places to Purchase Google Cardboard:

Learn more and get your own Cardboard viewer at http://g.co/cardboard.

Newegg at www.newegg.com

TinyDeal at www.tinydeal.com $2.79

eBay

Amazon


Watch the shipping fees and where they are coming from!

No need for Google Cardboard to view VR!

There are several apps that you can view VR with just your device:

  • Panorama 360 Cities for $1.99
  • War of Words VR FREE take you back to 1916 with Britain's greatest war poet prepares you for battle.
  • Kolor eyes - 360 video player - FREE
  • EON Experience VR - FREE
  • Jurassic Virtual Reality (VR) - FREE