Google teams up with the White House for holiday VR tour

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Now you can tour the White House with Google Cardboard.

“Tour the White House in virtual reality.” That sounds unbelievably cool, but maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s really not that exciting. Overall, it cost the tech titan $15,000 to set up the experience, though that also allows content creators to access Google’s assembler software, which is capable of cobbling different video feeds to form one 360-degree video. Google wants this sort of content to be useful for education, so it made a Google Expedition for schools participating in its Expeditions Pioneer Program. “We’ll continue to release new videos that highlight the potential of Jump,” a spokesman told VentureBeat in an email. “However, we are looking to get the tech in the hands of more creators.”

Expeditions teams will visit schools around the world, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Singapore and Denmark. Made up of 16 camera modules displayed in circular formation, the Google Jump ring was gladly …

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