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Google Tour Creator lets schools make their own VR stories

Google Tour Creator to let Anyone Make Their own VR Stories Maurizio Pesce | Daydream View VR Headseet Made By Google
Kristine Garrett | 12 May, 2018, 18:14

Will my 9-year-old start making VR projects when he's in junior high? The tool is primarily aimed at the education market and, like previous educational VR efforts by the company, this new tool is set to encourage students' creativity. Eventually, Google will allow you to import these tours into the Expeditions app as well.

Expeditions ships as a kit that provides classes with everything they need to take a synced trip, including software for the trip leader and headsets and hardware for both students and teacher.

Earlier today Google announced perhaps the easiest way for "anyone with a story to tell" to do so in a rich, visual interface behind the lenses of their favorite VR viewer.

Now Google wants classrooms - and anyone else - to create their own. "It can have narration, and interactive overlays, additional zoomed-in photos as part of the experience". Once done, storytellers can add their content to Poly for simple viewing in a browser or on a number of VR viewers, including Google Cardboard and Daydream.

Custom VR tours can be published on Poly. You do not need any kind of special knowledge in order to create professional-looking VR content by simply using imagery from Google Street View or your own 360 photos. You can access the tools from the Tour Creator website on this link, and by clicking the "New tour" button.

The whole idea, as Brittney Fraser says, regarding the Tour Creator came from the teachers and students.

A positive feedback from teachers and students also gave the company an idea of creating this new service which would allow them to share their VR experience with others. But it might be the best new way to quickly create virtual tours for very real places, whether you're a student or not.

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