Google’s cardboard VR format has been on the marketplace for a while now and has been influential into getting people interested in virtual reality. A great initiative to get people to use VR has been their Expeditions program, this allows people to be in the middle of 360-degree photos and 3D scenes which has historical importance.
With the Expeditions program, people have been able to visit sites such as the Colosseums of Rome, the Taj Mahal and even go behind the scenes of Alexander Hamilton’s life. This new Expeditions app has allowed the public to experience its educational tours using only a cardboard or Daydream headset and android phone.
This app was originally created with classrooms and students in mind, but the app also includes a brand new solo mode which lets its users visit nearly 600 tours on their own. The group tour setting, however, allows its users to connect their devices over wi-fi, and have a guide direct them through the tour.
Over time Google has added a few, but important, aspects to the tours such as an annotations feature, which lets its users draw inside the 360 experience and focus on specific aspects of the environment they’re touring.
The app is Android-only for now, though the company says that it will be arriving on iOS soon as well.
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