VR Final: Hurricane Harvey

This VR story focuses on a small neighborhood in Coldspring, Texas.  This neighborhood where my family resides is surrounded by water: one river and one dam.  When Harvey made its way through Texas, the water from the hurricane caused the water levels in the dam to rise high enough to cause the wall in the dam of Lake Livingston to be opened.  On one side of the neighborhood, the top of the damn was overflowing with water and on the other side, the water levels in the river were rising at a rapid pace.

In this video, we see the the aftermath of the flooding.  Many people’s homes had to be rebuilt, and some even left their homes behind due to the damage.  The street is half vacant due to the cost it would be to rebuild and remodel the homes that were damaged.  Even though over one year has passed, the effects of Harvey are still felt every day.

Emily Sprout

Spooky Story

This was my attempt at making a horror 360 video. I think it turned out decent but I definitely learned a lot from it.
Spend the night with two campers as the try to spend a quiet night in the woods.

Pass the Gender “Rolls”

This video showcases an event that was held on campus that partnered with the Martin Luther King. Jr Center sub circle groups: My Brother’s Keeper and Sister Circle that talked on the topic: Pass The Gender “Rolls”. Throughout the video you will see from start to finish of how the event took place while being educated on numerous topics.


Huntington Beach 360 Video

Ever thought about making a trip out to Southern California? Well this should help you make that little push. Experience one of Southern California’s greatest treasures, Huntington Beach. It is the “Surf City” of America and just experiencing this glimpse of it should make you want to take a trip.

Alaina Kwan filmed and edited this 360 video.

Going WithinVR on iOS

WithinVR was founded in 2014 by Chris Milk, and Aaron Coblin creators of Google’s Data Arts Team. They’re a company primed for success, and partnered with several large companies like Apple, Google, Sony, HTC, Fox, and LiveNation. Their investors include 21st Century Fox, Raine Ventures, WME, Live Nation, Vice Media, and Tribeca Enterprises. WithinVR is partnered with strong content producers, and promoters. One of the easiest ways for them to reach people is through their iOS App which is well put together, and better than other apps I had considered reviewing like FoxSportsVR, and NextVR Now.

The company WithinVR uses a variety of original content, and content from their contributers, investors, and news outlets. For example, they use New York Times VR stories frequently especially for their behind the scenes stories. Within also takes on personal contributors and their works as well, and other companies like Waffle’s “Dessert Island” featuring Conan. Waffle is an animated Virtual Reality producer. Dessert Island’s- Stop Hammock Time is attached below,  and for iOS you should download WithinVR here  !

The pictures from the home page  are easily accessible and their presentation exhibits free, and premium content. The home page is easy to navigate with recent and topical content based around their “Fright Fest” as shown below. You could see that as a con depending on the user, I liked the themed content around the holidays but that could definitely scare off a younger user.

Category based- the app is easy to use too and has a wide range of up to date content. It’s easy to use and is well segmented once you access the menu features in the top left of the app. This is great for users that’re less acclimated with the app or are looking to browse or discover content. The app has easy access for frequent users downloadable content too for offline usage. Love their presentation as illustrated below.

With strong marketing and pushing content to more users this can be a great medium for new VR users to get into content with, and can be a great way for current VR users to navigate new and topical content. The content is varied too, from imaginative Sci Fi, Animated Comedy,  Music, and Animation.

I loved the Hallejujah video (which is in app only) and the and the “I Saw the Future” video. “I Saw the Future” is offers a futuristic view while quotes from Arthur Clarke narrate our growth as humanity, evolution, alien contact, and where we’ll go now.  The video is imaginative, well produced, exciting, and crisp. This video is one of my favorites I’ve watched this year. It was created by Francois Vautier and I’ve attached it below.

Most importantly this app shines by its diversity and stellar media. They have many different genres and areas of entertainment covered, and produce prominent media- and are well rounded for the casual virtual reality viewer, to the oculus pro who likes to be scared out of their mind, and the imaginative mind who daydreams of something different or abstract. This is a great app for VR users 13+ and it represents different tastes for varied users extremely well. The only issues are the difficulty embedding because of the website, and the lack of a YouTube, or a channel where people who aren’t familiar with the app can see the videos. I would recommend it to my friends who are trying to get into VR, but don’t know where to start because of its ease of access, and premium content. 9/10.