Google Tour Creator brings VR content creation to the masses

Earlier today, Google announced perhaps the easiest way for anyone "having a story to tell" to do it in a rich visual interface behind the lenses of their favorite VR viewer. Called "Tour Creator," Google's newest virtual reality tool allows everyone to produce professional-looking VR content without the associated learning curve.

"Technology is free and allows students to focus on developing fantastic visual stories," says Charlie Reisinger, a Pennsylvania educator.

Creating tours is as simple as combining Google Street View elements with your own 360 ° photos, or choosing elements from Google's 3D Content Library, Poly . Once done, storytellers can add their content to Poly for simple visualization in a browser or on a number of virtual reality viewers, including Google Cardboard and Daydream. You can also embed the link into a website, allowing others to share the trip with you.

According to Jennifer Newton, School Media Coordinator in Georgia:

Being able to work with Tour Creator was a great experience. It allowed our students from a small town in Georgia to tell our story to the world.

While being charged to students and educators, Google says that features are available to anyone who wants to create this type of visual content. Whether it is to create guided tours of their school (or that of a correspondent in China), their favorite park, or their entire neighborhood is entirely dependent on the creator.

Google has also revealed that it would add options for importing these visits into its Expeditions application. Expeditions, as you may recall since its debut in 2015, allows travelers from around the world to take an RV tour of iconic landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa and Machu Picchu, or distant places, such as the L & # 39; Antarctic. Until now, Google has served more than three million expeditions to students around the world.

You can try here as of today.

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