Not Just Games! New & Unusual Uses of Virtual Reality

And how the Web can help…

Star Trek Transporter room by James Vaughan
The Protectors by Kathryn Bigelow and Imraan Ismail, National Geographic — via Within
Metaverse by Ada Rose Edwards
“Interactive VR” prototype by Future Technologies, Pearson
An A-Painter creation by feiss, from the A-Painter Gallery
Nasdaq rollercoaster by WSJ
Stock City by Fidelity Labs
Samsung ARTIK demo
Ava by The Achavanich Beaker Burial Project and Samsung Internet
Luna Park project —
Explore Saydnaya by Amnesty International
ArchiMemory (draft) by Pierre-Francois Gerard
VR Tranquilitie by Diego Gonzalez and Galina Mihaleva
Fishfinder by Future Technologies, Pearson
Virtual Reality for Management of Pain in Hospitalized Patients

But we’re still just scratching the surface

It took decades for early film-makers to focus on the established film formats that we recognise today. Edison bet on cinema being experienced by individuals at nickel arcades.

Edison’s Kinetoscope
We can do more with VR than just recreating television! (A scene from Second Life)
  • We can mess around with space, changing the size of anything, including ourselves. Or teleport from one place to another.
  • We can mess around with time, pausing it, changing its speed or direction, or instantly time-travelling into the past or the future.
  • And we can invent different laws of physics, for example changing gravity or inventing new kinds of materials.

…We can use the power of the Web

Most of the examples I shared earlier use WebVR, the API that enables full Virtual Reality experiences through your web browser. It’s supported in stable versions of mobile, desktop & VR browsers, like Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Samsung Internet for Gear VR. A polyfill allows you to easily cater for other browsers, for use with Cardboard-type headsets.

By Arturo Paracuellos, via UploadVR

…what will you create? 😎



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