Now you can tour the White House with Google Cardboard

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Explore The White House With VR Technology.

“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. If you think that you have some pretty swanky Christmas decorations for your home this year, you can be sure that there will be other people out there who will be able to outdo you, that’s for sure.There are many cool places you could go for the holidays, but there’s one place that seems cooler than all the rest: why not take a trip to the White House?

Google used GoPro’s 16-camera Odyssey virtual reality rig and its own Jump platform to capture 360-degree footage of the numerous Christmas trees and decorations scattered throughout the various rooms and corridors of the residence. The entire tour lasts for a good five minutes, where you can spend that time to browse around yourself, or to hear the narrator provide an explanation of whatever is being shown. Unfortunately it’s not a full-on motion experience as it’s just a series of 360-degree photos stitched together in slideshow form, but it’s still an interesting view inside of a building which not many people are allowed to roam. The elaborate display is enough to make Clark Griswold blush, and you don’t even have to worry about Uncle Lewis burning down the trees with a lit stogie. The entire Jump rig could cost up to $15,000 in total, which will also net you access to Google’s “assembler” software as well which will help stitch all the various video feeds into a single 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.”

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