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Google Debuts VR Tool to Bring 360-Degree Content to the Masses

Google has launched a new VR tool to make 360-degree content available for the general public.

Dubbed VR View, the new tool supplies developers with a way to embed immersive content on Android, iOS and the Web. The content can then be viewed via Google Cardboard, Smartphone or desktop. Cardboard, is a Google project to make virtual reality an affordable pastime for everyone, using software to bring 3D viewing to a standard Smartphone placed within a $20 cardboard frame.

“VR views take 360 VR images or videos and transform them into interactive experiences,” Google product manager Nathan Martz wrote in a blog post.

“From travel and real estate to news and entertainment, we hope embeddable VR views make it quick and easy to share your story and build immersive and engaging visual experiences your users will love. We’re excited to see what you create.”

To get started with native apps, developers simply embed a VR view by using the latest Cardboard SDK for Android or iOS and then add a few lines of code.

For use on the Web, developers can embed a VR view by adding an iframe on their site.

“We’re open-sourcing the HTML and JavaScript for web developers on github, so you can self-host and modify it to match your needs,” Martz added.

“Yes, you read that right. Starting today, there’ll be a native Cardboard SDK for iOS. Provided in idiomatic Objective C, and packaged as a single, easy-to-use CocoaPod, this new SDK includes all of the features already available in the Cardboard SDK for Android.”

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