Two things I’ve been looking forward to lately:
- Google Earth Virtual Reality
- Mario Kart Virtual Reality
Number two is not here quite yet, but Google announced number one on Wednesday!
Google Earth VR — Bringing the whole wide world to virtual reality
Very excited about this. I love how VR can let you “visit” a place. I’m excited to go back and visit the Dolomites of Italy and the mountain passes of Switzerland.
“Virtual reality will never replace reality, but can provide us with experiences that are otherwise impossible or hard to attain.” – Source: Bridging the ‘Reality Gap’
Watch the following video, starting at about 3:05
Immersive Syrian Refugee Film Comes to Life with Oculus
I’m particularly excited for the use of virtual reality in travel and education. A recent article posted on the Wall Street Journal discusses students using virtual reality goggles in the classroom to virtually visit places like the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, and Tenochtitlan.
“The search giant sends kits to teachers that contain everything they need to run one of these virtual trips: ASUS smartphones, a tablet for the teacher to direct the tour and Google Cardboard viewers or Mattel View-Masters.”
Schools can sign up to have Google bring the experience to their school through the Experience Pioneer Program at no cost. But space is limited.
(Google’s Virtual Reality Brings Great Wall of China Inside School Walls)