Viar360

Viar360 is an editing technology
that allows the users to create interactive 360-degree stories. It is a web application created by a group of developers who want to help people explore new places. It’s free for people who sign-up for an account and want to create 360-degree stories. Viar360 allows people to distribute their stories, however, the subscription costs vary from $19/month to a custom price/month that depends on bandwidth and the number of stories published. Personally, I think the cost is quite reasonable because you can easily edit content, everything is saved through the website, and you can publish numerous interactive stories. I was initially confused by the features and how they work. Once I started watching a few of the tutorials that are provided through their support page, I got a better understanding of the editing software.

PROS:

-Has great features: Storyboard, Interactive HotSpots, POV auto direction, create information boxes
-Can save all content through the Viar360 website
-Short and understandable tutorials about every feature
-Easy to navigate through
-Interface creates a map between files to layout the edits
-Can easily switch between edit mode and preview mode

CONS:

-Previewing the panoramic content slows down computer (at least with Windows)
-Cannot edit videos to automatically transition to another
-The website could use some editing; the support section is in a light gray that makes it difficult to read.

Interface of storyboard in Viar360. It’s easy to follow, to see the edits you make between files, and what kind of file they are

Viar360 could be particularly significant to traveling and educational 360 videos. The creators of Viar360 developed the platform based on there being a lack of interactive VR content. The ability to be interactive with this content can benefit education by placing people into virtual situations. For example, doctors can look at VR human autonomy and have information boxes describing parts, or smooth transitions to another media file that places users closer to the body part. For traveling, it can allow users to be placed in any location in the world to learn, see, and interact with content based on the place. As the website stated, most customers who are using this product are tourist companies who want to create virtual tours. Viar360 can greatly impact both topics by having the interactive VR content.

On their website, it says “We are developing a cloud-based content management system for virtual reality that will empower publishers, educators, brands, and marketers. We also make and sell custom branded virtual reality googles.” I have not worn the goggles and it’s not easy to find them through the website. However, hey have succeeded this statement by providing an easy web platform that allows users to create this interactive content. It’s highly beneficial and I predict that it will grow over the next few years. It can improve virtual touring, training, journalism, and immersive storytelling.

Website: http://www.viar360.com/

Viar360 Information & Support: http://www.viar360.com/support.html

Relax VR: A Getaway In Your Living Room

Relax VR: Rest and Meditation

Relax VR: Rest and Meditation is new way to rejuvenate yourself. Quickly escape to relax on a beautiful beach, watch the clouds go by or lie in rice paddles. Listen to soft, soothing, melodic tunes while gazing over at an ocean doing a gentle meditation.

Maker, Availability and Price

NOW TECHNOLOGY PTY. LTD created Relax VR as their first Virtual Reality experience. The App falls under the category of “Health and Fitness” in the Apple iTunes store. It is approximately a 450 MB download and requires iOS 8.0 and up to run. Although many applications in the iTunes App Store are offered free, Relax VR is not one of them. It costs $1.99 to download, but that is cheaper than actually vacationing to one of these beautiful places the app offers.

Pros:

  1. Help calm down, and relax you as you escape to an exotic place.
  2. With headphones, it can allow you to have the perfect place to meditate.
  3. Spatial audio is beautiful.
  4. Besides just picking a beach, you can pick a certain destination in the world to fit your mood.
  5. Updates every month or two with new destinations.
  6. Great quality.

Cons: 

  1. $1.99 instead of it being a free app.
  2. A lot of space to download. Half a gigabyte. (500 MB)
  3. Some glitches can occur. Scene does not load properly the first time.
  4. App can crash unexpectedly.
  5.  Can run down your battery power easily.

How It Works

  • Select your scene
  • Put your phone into the VR headset (headphones are optional, but are recommended)
  • Choose between guided Yoga music, or calming, peaceful music.
  • Let the beauty of the scene, music and calmness let you slip into a soothing/meditation escape.
  • Emerge feeling rested and calm.

Audience

Relax VR is for ages 12 and up, but can be used for ages below 12. This app does not focus on a certain target audience because they want anyone/everyone to try this VR meditation escape! It’s perfect after a long stressful day, or if you are looking for your daily meditation.

Visit many places in around the world like:

  • Wineglass Bay Beach, Australia
  • Tropical Beach Escape, Phillipines
  • Northern Lights, USA
  • Forrest Creek, Germany

 

State Street

University of Kentucky students flooded the State Street after the men’s basketball team defeated UCLA on March 24, 2017, in the Sweet Sixteen of March Madness.

Production by Shelby Klingerman, video by Matt Wickstrom, and editing by Kaitlyn Skovran.

This is LYON

Tamika Dozier was tired of the culture of revenge porn and body-shaming she witnessed on social media. To combat the problem, she launched the Leak Your Own Nudes and campaigns. They gained so much traction on Facebook, Dozier decided to host an art exhibit to celebrate the beauty of the black female body. This is LYON.