What is a virtual tour (VT)?
Virtual tours are the simulation of an existing location with the help of sequential videos or still images. Other multimedia elements like music, sound effects, floor plans, etc., could also be used. They help in recreating a realistic representation of reality. Virtual tours help in presenting views to inaccessible areas and provide an interesting and excellent alternative to fieldwork when expenses, time or logistics are a barrier.
What is virtual reality (VR)?
Virtual Reality (VR) is a 3D computer generated ‘virtual’ environment that users explore and interact with in an immersive way. The feeling of being present in these environments requires the use of a VR headset. Some examples include: Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Google Daydream View, or Google Cardboard.
While immersing yourself in VR requires a headset, the foundational component of all virtual reality is 360° video, which means that dHL tours can be navigated on desktop computers or mobile devices.
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, and 360°
While the term virtual reality may be used to describe different types of immersive or altered reality experiences, it is not the same as augmented reality.
- uses VR headsets or closed head-mounted displays (HMDS) to completely insulate and immerse the user in an alternative world
- adds or supplements to our existing reality with digital objects and overlays
- enhances our presence by ‘augmenting’ reality
Mixed or Merged Reality
- uses a holographic lens to converge VR and AR where virtual objects interact with real-world objects
- creates 360° panorama photos or videos
- uses 360° cameras to integrate multiple images
Note: 360° captures are not VR. However, 360-degree captures are used in VR so users can view 360° content within a VR headset. With 360-degree content, users are not fully immersed because they can look up, down, and around, but not move forward like they can in VR.
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Blacktip Reef (Animals)
Blacktip Reef is a breathtaking, award-winning exhibit full of color, light and movement located in the heart of National Aquarium. This coral-filled exhibit, replicating Indo-Pacific reefs, is active with life that guests can experience from many vantage points, including a new floor-to-ceiling pop-out viewing window that allows guests to virtually come face to face with the animals.
The Displaced (Arts & Culture)
Nearly 60 million people are currently displaced from their homes by war and persecution ? more than at any time since World War II. Half are children. This multimedia journey in text, photographs and virtual reality tells the stories of three of them. Read the introduction here and then take the tour which is hyperlinked above.
Google Arts and Culture (Arts & Culture, Exhibits)
Discover online collections and exhibitions about the artists, locations and history of street art. Start your journey by exploring the map. To continue the experience, follow the Street Art Project link.
Scientific Drilling International (How Things Are Made, Occupations)
Welcome to the 360 degree Virtual Tour of Scientific Drilling International — Applied Technologies Center. The Applied Technologies Center is where Scientific Drilling International’s engineers, designs, develops, tests and builds electronic tools and equipment utilized by the oil & gas industry. The tour will transport you through the Applied Technologies Center, providing information and media across multiple stages of the design, manufacturing, and testing process.
Holocaust Memorial Museum Tour (Museums)
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Tour the Museum’s Online Exhibits and learn from the world’s leading online authority on the Holocaust. Information on the site is available in 16 languages.
Virtual Tours & Virtual Reality Resources
More and more educators are integrating virtual reality into their classroom programs is to bring context to the learning and enhance engagement. VR is transforming the way educational content is delivered by immersing students in what they’re learning — real or imagined — and by allowing students to interact with it. Being immersed in what you’re learning not only brings context to learning, but motivates students because it requires less cognitive load to process the information compared to rote learning.
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