Thursday, June 1, 2017

VR/360 degree images and video

It's the craze that's sweeping the nation!

TLT now has a Samsung Gear 360 (1st ed.)  camera that can shoot 360 degree pictures and video. These make for excellent immersive experiences, being able to completely take in the entire environment.

KUMC Courtyard
Images can be hosted on Google Photos or Flickr for viewing, or embedding into a BlackBoard page.

Video can be used to give virtual tours of spaces, perhaps a new nurse's station, or a demo apartment to assess for fall risks.  

Medical Realities uses 360 videos to demonstrate surgical procedures, such as the one below.

Surgical Training in 360-Degree Virtual Reality

Photos and videos like this can also be viewed in VR headsets, such as Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift for a fully immersive experience.

YouTube supports 360 video.  Facebook also supports 360 video and photos.
The Samsung Gear 360 camera
You can see more examples of how VR is being used in the medical field here:

You can search for more 360 video on YouTube and Vimeo, or download the New York Times app showcasing their original content.

For more information, or to try out a VR headset, contact Dean or Sonny in TLT, 8-7107.