At Cecil County Public Library, weve experimented with virtual reality in our programs, teaching enthusiastic teens about this up-and-coming technology. These days, virtual reality is accessible for everyone and well help you learn how.
The Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset is inexpensive (about $20) and comes in a variety of styles. To find the best cardboard device that will fit your phone (whether Android or iOS), try the following site: https://vr.google.com/cardboard/get-cardboard/
Once youve picked a Cardboard Headset, its time to get some great apps from the Google Play or iTunes Store. The following is a list of our staffs top recommendations for free VR apps. (Please note that older phones may have trouble using some of these apps.)
Cardboard: This app is your stepping-stone into virtual reality. Google takes you through the basics of navigating inside a Virtual Reality space with your new Cardboard Headset. Once youve tackled the basics, try a virtual tour of the Palace of Versailles. (Google Play link) (iTunes link)
Google Arts & Culture: Download this app to go on virtual tours of many of the worlds museums and galleries. Select from over 100 exhibits such as George Washingtons Mt. Vernon home or the wonders of Machu Picchu. (Google Play link) (iTunes link)
New York Times VR: One minute you can be up close and personal with American Bison, the next you can visit Mecca or go on a deep sea dive. Also impressive are some book tie-in presentations such as Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, which may inspire you to check out the book. (Google Play link) (iTunes link)
Once youve explored the universe through virtual reality, you may be inspired to keep learning. We embrace your curiosity and our materials and resources can connect you to just about any topic from outer space, to national parks; international cuisine to backyard gardening. Our materials connect with interests for all ages as well. And if you cant find what youre looking for or have questions, our professional librarians are here to assist.
If you want to learn more about creating virtual reality, visit our on-demand video learning service, Lynda.com. Discover what to consider when shooting immersive video and photography in VR Video and Photography with Paul Taggart or try 3D Content Creation for Virtual Reality with Craig Barr.
If you have questions about our online learning services or other virtual reality questions, dont hesitate to talk with our staff at the library, by phone (410) 996-5600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org