There are a couple of interesting developments coming out of the Innovation Incubator Virtual Reality project. A new project has started funded by GLBD and led by Spiros Soulis and myself with the school of Property Construction and Project Management (PCPM). Recently it has become relatively easy to turn a 3d drawing diagram (done in the program Revit) into a virtual reality experience viewable in virtual reality devices such as Occulus Rift and Google Cardboard. The new academic street designs for RMIT building 8 Along Swanston street have been recently showcased around the university both as the fly-through video above and also in VR form, where you can stand within the model and choose to focus on the direction of your choice.
One of the issues for lecturers in both PCPM and Building Construction (in the school of Architecture and Design) is the need to take increasingly large numbers of students to view building sites. it is becoming increasingly challenging logistically. Instead if students could have options to view a site in Virtual Reality with enough detail to practice observation and decision making it could save everyone a lot of effort.
Another development towards these aims has been the recent uptake of 360 degree video. You can now view several 360 degree videos on youtube - just search 360 degree video on youtube. Camera solutions are just becoming available as previously described
The aim of the project is to capture a location for viewing in VR devices and to then see if we can make workable 360 degree video solutions. It would be great to be able to make something available to teaching staff, especially if it is usable in Google Cardboard.
We now have the option to purchase the 3rd generation of a camera called the Ricoh Theta which records high definition 360 video in a tech specific hand held device - a bit like what the Flip Cam did a few years ago. It makes it all look very easy as the promotional video shows, although I am not sure how such videos could be edited. I am looking forward to having a play.
It looks like there will be some interesting developments as well from the university with Google Cardboard so we will keep you posted.