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Virtual Reality (VR) is exciting. It’s also the New Frontier of app development.

VR is poised to give birth to new forms of storytelling and emotionally powerful experiences. Yet making VR is perceived as intimidating: it’s expensive and requires both special hardware and skills.

But that’s changing, as intuitive tools and affordable hardware are making VR development accessible. This tutorial will show you how to build a 360 video app on Android and Google Cardboard in just a few minutes. And barely any coding required ;)

VR development should not be a barrier to bringing your ideas to life. …

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I took the VR headset off. My clothes were ruffled, my hair disheveled, my mind blown.

It was 2014 and I was attending a Game of Thrones exhibit. Facebook hadn’t acquired Oculus yet — VR was little known outside of nerd zones. The event culminated with a virtual trip in the elevator taking Jon Snow atop The Wall —and a surprise freefall. With a (pixelated) Oculus Rift DK1 strapped to my face and headphones blocking the real world, it only took 90 seconds to disorient me.

This was my first VR experience — it was madness. I got a taste of what entertainment would look like in 2020. …


Adriana Vecchioli

Artist. AR & VR UX designer. Hacker.

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