VR??? Virtual Reality???
What's up with Google Cardboard?
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.
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
- 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!
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.
DinoTrek VR Experience
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.
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.
Lanterns for Google Cardboard
New York Times VR Stories
Tuscany – Beenoculus
Google Cardboard Community
Google Cardboard for Education
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