YouTube added Virtual Reality features to their Android app: a step beyond 360° Video
Virtual Reality (VR), which can be referred to as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated life, replicates an environment that simulates physical presence in places in the real world.
Virtual reality artificially creates sensory experiences, which can include sight, hearing, touch, and smell.
Most up to date virtual reality environments are displayed either on a computer screen or with special stereoscopic displays.
Some simulations include additional sensory information and focus on real sound through speakers or headphones targeted towards Virtual Reality users.
If we’ve learned anything in the past 10+ years at YouTube it’s that capturing and sharing videos is a great way to bring people there with you—whether “there” is an Icelandic glacier, a special performance by violinist Tim Fain, or just a friend’s birthday party.
Virtual reality (VR) makes the experience of being there even more awesome and immersive, so today we’re bringing two new VR features to YouTube’s Android app. All you need is your current phone, and a Google Cardboard viewer.
First, YouTube now supports VR video—a brand new kind of video that makes you feel like you’re actually there. Using the same tricks that we humans use to see the world, VR video gives you a sense of depth as you look around in every direction.
Near things look near, far things look far. So if you were excited about 360° videos, this is pretty freakin’ cool.
If you’re a creator, you can also check out technologies like Jump to capture and share your own VR videos.
Our second bit of news is for the universe of existing YouTube content. And that’s the fact that you can now watch any video using Google Cardboard, and experience a kind of virtual movie theater. Just select the new “Cardboard” option from the watch page menu, drop your phone into your viewer, and you’re done.
You’ll now have the largest VR content library right at your fingertips. Both of today’s updates make it easier to be there. In some cases, really there there. So download the new YouTube app from Google Play, and get going.
Kurt Wilms, Senior Product Manager, YouTube VR recently watched “Waves of Grace”, Sanjeev Verma, YouTube Product Manager, recently watched “LA Phil: The Orchestra VR Video Experience” and Husain Bengali, Product Manager, Jump recently watched “Apollo 11 moon landing.