Located on the bottom floor of the Gatton Student Center, the Cats Den is a recreational space that provides free entertainment for students. Here is a glimpse in to one of the many nightly events that the Cats Den offers— holiday canvas painting!
When choosing a virtual reality headset to purchase, one must consider a variety of factors: quality, price, size, etc. As a college student with limited funds, price was the factor I considered before anything else in purchasing my headset for this class, which led me to purchase the VRIT headset from Amazon for under $20. Most recently, I have used the Homido smartphone clip on headset to watch virtual reality videos, which can also be found on Amazon for about $11. Though the two headsets are different in design, they share a common purpose of allowing users to watch virtual reality videos. Below, I compare the headsets by weighing the pros and cons of each.
Both headsets require you to adjust your phone settings to properly watch virtual reality videos. Here is an article that explains how to adjust those settings in YouTube, which is what I most often use to watch virtual reality videos.
To use this headset, you open the front compartment of it and clip your phone into the designated area. Once your phone is secured in the headset, you strap the headset on to your head and use the side levers to adjust the clarity of the video. Each video differs in quality; therefore, you will likely need to adjust the levers with every new video you watch. One major con about this headset is that the compartment that holds your phone in place is extremely weak, which causes the phone to fall out a lot. The size of the headset is also another factor that I do not like, but it is no bigger than any other mainstream virtual reality headset. Other than those two cons, the VRIT headset is a quality headset for a quality price.
To use this clip on headset, you simply slide it on to the side of your smartphone and look through the lenses as if you are looking through eye glasses. This clip on headset is awesome for on-the-go watching, as it breaks down to be small enough to store away in your pocket, as seen in the picture below. Though the size and price of the Homido are two major perks of the headset, the quality of the Homido lacks in comparison to the VRIT headset. One reason for this is that when you are watching virtual reality videos through the Homido, you can still see your real-life surroundings. Unlike virtual reality headsets that clip on to your head, the Homido does not block out your surroundings, which can be very distracting. I found that it really took away from the virtual reality experience. Also, the quality is not great because you are not able to adjust the lenses at all. However, if you are looking for a headset that is extremely cheap and convenient, and you are not too concerned about the quality of the virtual reality experience, I would recommend the Homido.
Ultimately, I would recommend the VRIT headset over the Homido clip on headset. Though the VRIT headset costs a bit more and is larger, the quality is significantly better. Actually strapping a headset on to your head that blocks out your surrounding allows you to fully immerse yourself in the virtual reality world. If you are looking to purchase a quality virtual reality headset that will not break the bank, I would definitely recommend the VRIT headset.
This 360 video takes viewers through a day in the life of Bailey the Beagle. Bailey is joined by her owner, who takes her out and about for the day. Bailey enjoys a Puppiccino with her human friends, plays with another dog at the park and helps Emily get through a night of homework. Video and audio is by Emily Sproul. Editing is by Kelly Benzenhoefer.
Last winter, Chick-Fil-A released a series of advertisements promoting their infamous message, “eat mor chicken” through their website leading to a 360 video advertisement. The main 360 video advertisement of the series, produced by Chick-Fil-A and enjoyed by customers of all ages, was successful in that it was of good quality and it was entertaining to watch. However, it is hard to determine how many people the advertisement reached as the official website that it is on does not provide statistics on viewership. A video titled CowzVR is coming soon! that was found on Chick-Fil-A’s official YouTube channel had over 12,000 views, and another video titled CowzVR Delivery that tied in to the virtual reality series found on the same channel had 39,000 views. I viewed the 360 video in 4K.
The virtual reality advertisement video takes viewers through a series of scenes in nature. Viewers start by standing in a sunny field, surrounded by grass and trees with a cow standing in front of them with a sign that reads “eat mor chikin” hanging on its body. The viewer then gets to experience skydiving through the air, swimming in the dark depths of the ocean, go karting on windy track, skiing along a snowy mountain, hot air ballooning over scenic hills, and flying through the sky over a canyon, all depicted in the still images below.
The same cow from the beginning of the story was among you in every scene, accompanied by other cows, swimming, skiing, flying, etc. among you. The story does not necessarily have a beginning, middle, and end, but rather, takes the viewer through a completely unique experience with every scene. Therefore, the advertisement as a whole is extremely location driven as it takes viewers to places that they likely could never have the opportunity to go to.
There are no other main characters besides the cows in the scenes, but there are other people partaking in the activities such as sky diving and skiing. The content of the video was perfect for virtual reality, as the scenery and movement of the video makes it feel as though you are actually there. The only audio in the video derives from natural sound and the mooing of the cows.
I detected few weaknesses throughout the video, as the quality is good and the overall message of the advertisement is clear; however, in some of the scenes, I did find myself struggling to find all of the cows who had writing on them. Also, the go karting and skiing scenes did make me feel a bit nauseous, as there was a lot of unsteady movement in them.
Though the scenery in the video did make it interesting, it may have been effective for Chick-Fil-A to have viewers to follow a story line rather than just view the cows. The rapid change in scenery helped to maintain my interest, but I question if Chick-Fil-A used the most effective advertising strategy possible in not having voice overs or any other advertising elements beyond the cows. Overall, the 360 video advertisement was successful and fitting for virtual reality, but I think that Chick-Fil-A could have implemented better advertising throughout.