by | Oct 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Today’s Session:

  • What is VR (plus 360panoramas)
  • Look at how it is being used in the world today
  • VR for education with
    •  A focus on Google Expeditions
    • How it works
    • An interactive session
    • Getting setup
  • other directions in this “Google” area
  • Other amazing VR apps and websites – share time!
  • Creating for VR (and “360 panoramas”)
    • Apps Cameras and software
  • Uploading, accessing, sharing and embedding content with a number of options
    • Slideshows and interaction
  • Adding layers, text information, buttons. Augmented reality layers and interaction
    • Web options
    • Unity
  • 3D drawing! seriously immersive ART
  • QandA and share

Thoughts on Virtual Reality:

Virtual reality is generally a 3-dimensional simulation of a situation or event that has been recorded or created and can then have the user immersed in it using equipment to enable the opportunity. It is a massive growth area and starting to feature heavily in gaming and other user experiences.

Virtually reality is great for trying to recreate a point of view user experience and also gives the opportunity to have an immerse experience in a situation that is generally not possible.

It is having a big impact in the architecture and building industry with . .. examples to come! In a presentation by Daniel Sim Lind from Diesel Immersive he spoke of how the “traditional” flythroughs of buildings just don’t cut it anymore and he how VR is replacing this as you can get a concept of volume. He also talked of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and how VR was having a big impact in the maintenance of buildings as problems could be seen in relation to other issues that is hard to see in 2D modelling and layers.

Real estate salespeople are often sending a folded up Google Cardboard set with a link to explore the building in 3D.

VR immersion is also superb for taking the user to places that they normally would not get access to . … . .. .. more coming


VR for Education:

There are a number of great applications for education. Immersing users in an experience is the obvious big use case but creating your own content and tours is a further great way to have a very memorable experience.

Google Expeditions:

There is a whole page created for Google Expeditions here but in summary, Google Expeditions take users on a 360 degree “virtual tour” using virtual reality. Users have an immersive experience as the leader takes them from scene to scene, highlighting content to explore and adding commentary as required. The explorers have an arrow appear on their screens that show them where to look. The leader can also see where everyone is looking. Being able to look all around different scenes adds different dimensions and can stimulate great inquiry and questioning. The applications for learning are exciting! Read more about Google Expeditions here edu.google.com/expeditions

Looking at the Expeditions site, the new offerings for Google look to be in Expedition AR (Augmented Reality) this looks like it will be an exciting addition. Check it out at edu.google.com/expeditions/ar/#about 

Creating VR content:

Collecting and creating content for VR is a great example of learning by creating content (more thoughts on learning by creating content here) Creating VR involves collecting imagery with apps, cameras or software. Then linking this material in a digestible way and then adding layers and content to the content.

Creating for VR (and 360 panoramas) – Collecting Content

360 content can be collected a number of ways. The easiest is with a 360 camera. It is not cheap but it is simple and if you are going to collect and use 360 photos and video often then it is a good option. 360 cameras also record video. I have tried the 360fly camera which was pretty expensive and has a number of shortcomings but it does provide a neat option. It has quite a big area that can be recorded as it has one big fisheye type lense. There are other options with more than one lense that stitch the photos or video together. One example that seems to be getting there is the Ricoh Theta V camera. Watch this space as the quality will get better and the price drop massively very soon!

360 degree interactive panoramas. It would have cost hundreds of dollars for each output from these apps just a few years ago! There are a number of great apps for creating 360-degree panoramas and the output is ridiculously good! The fact that you can share your panorama so well is amazing too! The apps also output amazing 2D flat images onto your camera roll. They are simple and feature-rich examples of what can be done.

360Panorama (iOS) : $2.99

360 panorama app click to go through to the app store.I tried a number of Panaorama apps but the one that I have settled on is 360 panorama by Occipital. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/360-panorama/id377342622?mt=8 You literally start the capture and move consistently around and it maps it all onto a sphere. It saves a “flattened” panorama as well that is very well done. This can be uploaded to services for embedding 360 images. You then have the option of uploading it where you will receive a sharing link or you can log in to get your embed code.

Uploading, accessing, sharing and embedding:

There are lots of options here and I am just highlighting a couple that have worked for me.

Adding content to images! https://360.vizor.io/rolfek/welcometostandrews-copy this one is even cooler in VR mode with goggles!

And linking images together and adding buttons. https://momento360.com/e/uc/c0f71c44b127422095253815deb58f6b?utm_campaign=embed&utm_source=other&utm_medium=other




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