Three Great VR | AR Tidbits

One great challenge working in this emerging industry is helping outsiders of understand the technology and the endless possibilities. People have day-jobs, family, friends, activities and many other things to think about. It can be quite difficult to squeeze in something new. Learning about and experiencing VR/AR takes work. And, many don’t know where to start until they do.

What excites me beyond measure are the incredible video explainers that show what the new technology is, and wrap the new technology in  a world that we can recognize. They inspire and motivate one person at a time to take on the effort to learn more.

Now, all we need is someone to compile all this important material.  Here are my top three from the past few weeks.

ONE: Google Chrome’s Webvr: Promoted as “virtual reality on the web for everyone,” WebVR makes it easy for anyone to create, enjoy, and share new VR experiences. Just open WebVR on a browser like Chrome and you can experience VR just by clicking a link, without waiting for apps to get approved or installed. Lots of developers have been busy experimenting, and this site showcases some of these projects – giving you a glimpse into what’s possible with WebVR.

TWO.  Ever heard of Gorillaz?: It’s a British virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, per Wikipedia. Fictional characters with an entire world – sort of like ours, but not exactly. They started releasing music in 2001. In anticipation of a new music hitting the market, they also released a VR experience, Saturnz Barz (Spirit House) 360.  There’s a couple of things I like about this: 1) the novel concept of fictional characters creating real things in both the real-world and the virtual world, 2) you don’t need a headset to enjoy it. Although full head-set immersion does take it up a notch. I definitely put this in the just fun bucket – and it is worth checking out. 

 

THREE.  Sony’s Experia Projection: What caught my eye on this one is the fantastic video explainer. The pictures make it abundantly clear the many ways that I might use augmented reality in my daily life. These explainers are critical to motivating lots of people to try out the new technology.

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