YouTube has today announced new additions to its Android application that makes virtual reality even easier to experience on all the videos currently available via YouTube.
The new virtual reality features within the YouTube Android application require you to use a Google Cardboard viewer, which is available to purchase from a wide variety of online stores for around $15.
The new VR video support within YouTube now enables you to view any existing YouTube content in a totally immersive way allowing you to enjoy the new VR technology by the simple press of a button in the Android app. Google writes:
YouTube now supports VR video—a brand new kind of video that makes you feel like you’re actually there. Using the same tricks that we humans use to see the world, VR video gives you a sense of depth as you look around in every direction
To give it a try just find a VR video on YouTube—like the Hunger Games Experience or TOMS Shoes Giving Trip—tap the new Cardboard icon, drop your phone into your Cardboard viewer, and you’re off!
If you are a virtual reality video creator you might also be interested in new technologies such as Jump to capture and share your own VR videos. The awesome Jump camera rig is made up of 16 camera modules that are arranged in a circular array. The size of the rig and the arrangement of the cameras are optimised to work with the Jump assembler.
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