Google Cardboard Users Can Now Play WebVR Experiments
Sri Ravipati 04/13/17
Google added WebVR to Chrome on Daydream-ready phones (like Pixel and ZenFone). The WebVR standard allows users to view virtual reality (VR) experiences in a browser like Chrome by simply tapping a link and putting on a compatible headset. Yesterday, the company revealed it added support for Google Cardboard and launched a new homepage for web-based VR experiments.
WebVR support on Chrome for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is “coming soon.”
more on Google Cardboard in this IMS blog
Iowa District to Use $54K Google Grant for VR Hardware
Sri Ravipati 11/29/16
Council Bluffs Community School District (CBCSD) in Council Bluffs, IA has received a $54,500 grant from Google’s Charitable Giving Fund of the Tides Foundation. With the funding, the district will purchase 28 kits (each with 15 headsets) that cost about $4,500 per kit, according to a report from the Omaha World-Herald and other sources.
The hardware will enable teachers to incorporate VR into their curriculum, like VR tours on
Google Expeditions, Alchemy VR, Discovery VR, zSpace and other platforms.
more on VR in this IMS blog:
How to do VR Film Production Right. Lessons from Joergen Geerds, CEO and Creative Director of Koncept VR
more on virtual reality in this IMS blog
Google Expeditions Takes Students on VR Tours of Great Barrier Reef, Buckingham Palace
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https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/. A minimum of 6 interested teachers. In order to take as many students as possible on an Expedition, we’ll visit schools showing the most interest first.
Here is a taste of what lies ahead:
When viewing on a mobile phone, the user can change the point of view of the video fluidly in 360 degrees simply by moving the device around.
Will 2016 be the year virtual reality gaming takes off?
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Virtual Reality’s Next Hurdle: Overcoming ‘Sim Sickness’
One problem is the resulting “postural sway,” or postural instability and hand-eye coordination challenges.
Plamen: similar issues with Google Glass. Here is some more info on the issue:
Rethinking Motion Sickness
Pls have other IMS blog entries on Google Glass
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