Google Tour Creator brings VR content creation to the masses

Google Tour Creator brings VR content creation to the masses

Google had also announced a new VR (virtual reality) tool which the company claims will allow any user to create "professional level" VR content without the need of learning any complex software.

Google Expeditions has enabled students (and even non-students) to go on virtual reality tours from the comfort of their own classrooms or couches.

Jen Zurawski, an educator with Wisconsin's West De Pere School District, commented: "With Expeditions, our students had access to a wide range of tours outside our geographical area, but we wanted to create tours here in our own community". And a New York-based apparel company which hires autistic individuals uses the VR tours to acclimate their employees to ensure their success. The final results are published in WebXR, so they can be viewed on a Google Daydream or Cardboard VR headset, but also any phone, tablet or web browser, scrolling around in a "magic window" mode.

This new feature came as a request from both teachers and students.

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That's why we're introducing Tour Creator, which enables students, teachers, and anyone with a story to tell, to make a VR tour using imagery from Google Street View or their own 360 photos. Tour Creator is designed for VR at the moment, not AR.

Google's already let some schools try out Tour Creator, including two high schools in Lancaster, PA and Chicago, and a school in Bali. With this, students, teachers, in fact, everyone gain the capability to make their own VR tours.

Once someone has built their tour it can then be uploaded to Google's library of 3D content, Poly. Since this is meant to be for school projects as well, you can embed it on the school website so others can view it. Plus, later this year, we'll add the ability to import these tours into the Expeditions application.

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