A few years ago, Google gave students a chance to experience virtual reality through Google Expeditions. Using Google Cardboard, the app allowed students to take VR field trips all over the world. Some of the places they got to explore included the Great Wall of China and the Yosemite. This time around, however, the tech giant is now letting students create their own virtual tours through their new app called the Tour Creator.
The web-based program allows people to include narration, photos, and even clickable portals with their 360 photos. It’s already been a success among real-estate developers, and now Google wants students to try out the technology as well. So far, the project involves two high schools in Chicago and Pennsylvania and one in Bali, Indonesia.
In a Youtube video uploaded by Google, the students from Lancaster, Pennsylvania appear to use a Theta 360 camera to capture their surroundings. They then upload the image to the Tour Creator for other people can access. One of the teachers involved in the project shares that “it’s wonderful that we can have our students interact with all of these other student stories across the globe.” Apart from inspecting the streets of Chicago through Google Cardboard, the Pennsylvania students also get to explore a school in Bali.
Of course, Google’s Tour Creator isn’t just for real estate companies and students. You can use the app for free right now through this website and create new content as well. If you’re interested, you can even tour the 7 Wonders of The World through Google Expeditions. And don’t worry, you can view these tours even if you don’t have a VR headset.