Google Tour Creator lets students make own VR tour

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Google is now following it up with the new "Tour Creator". "What we realized was, students and teachers, didn't just want to go on expeditions". Google had also announced a new VR (virtual reality) tool which the company claims will allow any user to create "professional level" VR content without the need of learning any complex software. The software, " enables students, teachers, and anyone with a story to tell, to make a VR tour using imagery from Google Street View or their own 360 photos".

The whole idea, as Brittney Fraser says, regarding the Tour Creator came from the teachers and students. Google says that since Expeditions' arrival in 2015, over three million students have virtually visited places around the globe.

"The tool is created to let you produce professional-level VR content without a steep learning curve", writes Brittney Fraser, Daydream Engineer at Google.

Google's already let some schools try out Tour Creator, including two high schools in Lancaster, PA and Chicago, and a school in Bali. You can create the tour experiences and publish them to Google's 3D content portal, Poly.

You can view the tours in either the web browser, as immersive photos, or you can view them in Google's simple VR viewer, Cardboard. Up till now, with VR field trips, you could use Google Cardboard and take magic trips but of stories or videos created by someone else.

On the tour's page on Poly, visitors can like and share the tour to social media, or grab an embed code to put it on their own website - such as the school's or classroom's own website. "One of the more interesting ones is KLM Airlines, which has built a set of tours using Tour Creator to train new employees in different aircraft".

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