The UNT Media Library began offering access to virtual reality devices in fall 2015. This collection is growing as new technology, games, and devices evolve to support student, faculty, and staff interests in research and recreation.
We offer several ways to experience virtual and augmented reality. Students can reserve the game stations for play at esports.library.unt.edu.
360 Video is an immersive video filmed with an omnidirectional camera that gives a spherical field of view. 360 video can be both 2D and 3D. This video can be viewed on PC, smartphone, or with a VR headset.
National Geographic 360 includes some examples of 360 videos.
(360 video National Geographic video)
AR, at this time, requires glasses or a headset and a computer to simulate an immersive and interactive environment over the surrounding real world.
Museums are using smartphone apps to augment their exhibits with storytelling and additional information about works.
Skin & Bones
This mobile app animates exhibits in the Bone Hall of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Cleveland Museum of Art
(Video of museum guests playing with virtual reality devices)
Haptic devices use motion, vibrations or force, to simulate touch in a virtual environment.
(Video of a user wearing and using HaptX glove (music only))
360 & VR
YouTube (Virtual Reality)
YouTube’s official VR channel features the newest and best VR-ready videos on the platform. You can visit this site using PC or download the YouTube VR app for your phone. The phone app allows you to choose the cardboard setting to use a VR headset to view a video in VR. Here are a few specific resources to get you started:
With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. This phone app allows you to either lead or follow along on an expedition.
Google Earth VR
Explore the world from totally new perspectives. Google Earth is another app you can download to a smartphone for use in a VR headset. This software can also be used on the HTC Vive using the Steam platform.
Steam is a free entertainment platform that manages the rights for digital content. You can download this platform and download software for use with the Oculus and HTC Vive. Each Steam product indicates the platform and device it requires. Here are a few free Steam experiences to get you started:
Made with Unity
Unity is a development engine that many independent developers use. The Unity Web Player allows you to view many of these experiences.
This site offer access to innovative, entertaining, and informative story-based virtual reality. Within is available as a smartphone app and on the HTCVive, Oculus, and other open source VR devices (OSVR)
YouVisit VR App
This is a phone app that you can use to experience VR.
The Guardian lets you step inside a story. Some of their stories include: