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Window To The World

Window To The World (Oculus Go & Gear VR)

Window to the World

The VR Shop - Silver Award
System: Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Go
Price at Time Of Review: Free
Comfort Rating: Green (No Movement)
Genre: Tool/App
Input: Touchpad
Best Playing Position: Sitting, Standing
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: PG

Description: As a photographer and VR enthusiast l have always dreamed about a way of expressing photography as close as possible to the actual moment of capture, about the moment when reality and photography converge. The first trial was a couple of years ago when I took some photos and made a short film based on the famous parallax techniques but with a twist. The twist was that everything was now in actual 3d and not just 2D layers. The next step was giving the viewer a bit of input and so came to be the online WebGL version. The final step was full immersion; VR was only the natural step forward.

Review: While I am not really sure what this idea of this app is, I do appreciate how good the pictures look. Presented in a galley style you can look around the images and the main image you can move your head slightly and the images to have a slight depth to them. But that seems to be about it. The idea is, what you are looking at is normal images, taken with a normal camera. They have then been given a slight 3D makeover, then places inside a VR viewer you end up with images that seem to go off into the distance, some for miles and miles, as far as the eye can see.

Given the professional images used it can indeed seem to almost place you inside the moment. Some of the images seem to go off for miles thanks to the depth perception you get, but that is about it. The endless possibilities for this are what makes this app really special. Imagine the same parameters done to your own holiday snaps, or family selfies. Imagine being able to stand in front of someone you have recently lost. The moment of a captured picture is priceless, this app puts you inside that moment whatever it may be.

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