Developers that already own virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift or similar, can now use their VR hardware within both Chrome and Firefox browsers, thanks to developers of the browsers adding support for virtual reality hardware.
The new VR code now enables users to surf the web using virtual reality hardware and visit sites that may feature interactive walk-throughs or other immersive demonstrations to enjoy the VR experience even further.
Google’s Brandon Jones explained earlier this week about the new features Google have added to their Google Chrome browser enabling virtual reality support, explaining:
“Just like adding WebGL to the browser doesn’t magically make everything 3D, adding WebVR doesn’t turn everything into a Virtual Reality experience. Instead, it provides an API that allows developers to create VR content in the context of a web page.
Picture this: You are browsing Amazon and find a jacket/TV/bike/whatever that you’re interested in. If Amazon’s developers took advantage of the WebVR API they could add a button that says “View in VR” which let you view the item through a VR headset in 3D at 1:1 scale.
In the case of a piece of clothing you could see it on a virtual mannequin, walk around it, lean in and examine the stitching, and so on as if it were actually sitting right in front of you. You could also imagine similar experiences with educational tools, data visualization, mapping, and so on.”
For the full article published by Jones jump over to the TojiCode website. Or to read how developers are implementing VR support within the Firefox browser jump over to the Vladimir Vukićević website for details.
Source: Digital Trends