Introducing VR and 360° Content for All WordPress.com Sites

Introducing VR and 360° Content for All WordPress.com Sites

Digital Actuality is coming to WordPress.com! As of at the moment, you may create and publish your personal VR content material on any WordPress.com website, beginning with 360° photographs and 360° movies (beta), and you may view common photographs and panoramas in VR. Our aim is to make publishing VR content material so simple as publishing textual content or photographs to the online — simply add VR content material to your website and anybody with an online browser can immediately get pleasure from it.

Let’s begin with some examples.

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Click on the “play” button on any image beneath and our VR viewer will load. On an everyday desktop browser you may then “go searching” utilizing your mouse, together with in attractive full-screen mode. On a telephone browser or a webVR enabled desktop browser, you’ll see a VR button within the backside proper — choose it and our viewer will render the content material in full 3D mode inside your VR gear. Thus far we’ve examined with Cardboard, Gear, Daydream, Rift, and Vive.

360° photographs:

Panoramas:

Right here’s a panorama that the Mars Pathfinder took:

We’re already seeing examples of how VR might help inform tales. The Harvard Gazette is beginning to use 360° photographs to convey their tales, for instance in Confronting the Refugee Crisis.

Augmenting your personal posts with VR content material is straightforward: Add VR content material to your WordPress website identical to you’ll with some other content material, determine if you wish to current it in 360 or cinema (panorama) mode, and publish it utilizing the “vr” shortcode:

[vr url=path-to-photo.jpg view=360]

or

[vr url=path-to-photo.jpg view=cinema]

Detailed instructions are here.

A simple strategy to begin taking 360° photographs at the moment is to make use of the Google Avenue View app (for iOS and Android).

We will’t wait to see how WordPress.com customers will use VR to inform their tales!

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