Engadget: Google’s Daydream VR experiment is over. “Google is bringing the Daydream VR experiment to a close. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones it announced today don’t support the platform, and it won’t sell Daydream View headsets anymore. The Daydream app and store will still work for people with other Pixel devices, however.”
Digital Trends: The best virtual reality apps for 2019. “Some titles — particularly horror games — offer a certain je ne sais quoi that just can’t be equaled on a boring, old 2D screen. That said, gaming isn’t the only way to take advantage of that great new VR headset. The most exciting thing about VR is that we’re still just scratching the surface and discovering new ways to educate and entertain ourselves. With that in mind, here are 10 of our favorite VR apps.” Most of the apps were free.
CNET: I tried Facebook’s vision for the social future of VR, and it’s full of question marks. “I’m inside a demo of a beta coming next year for a select group of Facebook’s Oculus VR audience. Facebook Horizon is an attempt at a new virtual social experience, one that promises to finally figure out social… maybe. Facebook, despite being a social media company, has never gotten social VR right. And this new iteration, which could very well be the social glue that holds all of Facebook’s next-gen VR OS together, looks like…well, it looks like NintendoLand.”
Caltech: Virtual Reality for Scientists . “When you think of virtual reality, or VR, you might conjure up images of action-packed video games or immersive tours of deep ocean waters and other exotic locale. But, in recent years, scientists have started to don VR goggles too—not for entertainment, but for analyzing and comprehending their data. At Caltech, efforts to design VR tools for the future are underway, with prototypes in development for studying everything from worms to ocean waters to biomolecules and more.”
Sierra News Online: New Web Site Offers ‘Virtual’ Tour of Yosemite. “A new web site — Virtual Yosemite — is now offering a virtual reality (VR) tour of Yosemite National Park and its surrounding areas. The new site, which went live this summer, provides high resolution, 360-degree panoramic views from over 200 locations throughout the sprawling park.”
Engadget: Google used photogrammetry to create a detailed VR tour of Versailles. “If you don’t own a Vive or Rift headset (it’s only available on those two platforms for now), Google has also unveiled an online exhibition featuring over 390 assets, including objects, artifacts and paintings. You can go on a private tour of six of the Palace’s most famous rooms, with accompanying audio from historical experts.”
AP: Virtual reality used to highlight uranium contamination. “Activists are using virtual reality technology to focus on areas of the Navajo Nation affected by uranium contamination. The arts collective Bombshelltoe has collected 360-degree footage of Churchrock, New Mexico, to show how people and the land have changed since a 1979 uranium mill spill, Gallup Independent reports.”