Virtual Reality Apps
Virtual reality is a tool that can take us to a different place using computers or devices such as smart phones and tablets. Typically, in order to use virtual reality, VR glasses or headset is required. Google Cardboard is an inexpensive type of virtual reality goggle that allows us to experience virtual reality by using VR goggles together with a smart phone or tablet. The Midland Media Center offers twenty-five pairs of Google Cardboard goggles for students and teachers.
This page is divided into three categories (educational, general applications, and games) with links to apps that can be used with our Google Cardboard goggles.
Below are links to several virtual reality apps that can be used with our Google Cardboard goggles:
- General Science
- Exploration & Travel
- Space & Earth Science
InCell VR (Cardboard) (Android) - $.99
An action/racing game with a bit of strategy and bio science thrown into the mix
in a rare and highly unusual micro world of the carefully recreated human cell.
InMind allows the player to experience the journey into the patient's brains
in search of the neurons that cause mental disorder. Submerge into the
microworld and experience the miracles of the human mind.
Welcome to the first version of the VR/Exposition. This exposition has been created for the Zeiss VR One and Google Cardboard headsets. We are investigating new ways to connect the real art world to the virtual world. This virtual reality exposition has been created in cooperation with two artist:
Patrick Hughes (London)
This artist makes 'reverspective' art that moves whilst you walk around it. We virtualised one of his works to demonstrate this in a virtual environment.
Cathalijn Wouters (Amsterdam)
Cathalijn makes lovely paintings of abstract art. She uses a combination of paint and charcoal. Let yourself me inspired by the beauty of her art.
Exploration & Travel
ARTE360 VR is a VR video application that shows you around various, beautiful places in full
VR goodness. You’ll be able to do things like look at mountains, explore old, iconic buildings,
ocean scenes, and all kinds of other stuff.
Ascape Virtual Travel & 360 Video Tours (Android)
Ascape is your source of travel inspiration with unreal 360° videos, scenic virtual tours, and superb visual content. Tilt your smartphone around to look in any direction. Experience the world in virtual reality with unforgettable journeys to the parts of the world that you've never been.
For more than 30 years, Discovery has told stories like no one else — transporting you to places you didn’t know existed and sparking curiosity at every turn. Now we enter a new chapter. Virtual Reality can take you to new worlds like never before, immersing you in time, space and story. Here’s a first look at our latest productions in this exhilarating new space — from shark-infested shipwrecks to freeboarding the windiest street in the world — with much more to come. Welcome to Discovery VR.
Visitors to National Geographic presents Earth Explorers follow explorers as they venture into dangerous and remote places
in the world—including the deepest depths of the oceans, the north and south poles, dense rainforests, mountains and caves.
Enhance your experience by downloading the Augmented Reality Experience and point your iPhone or iPad camera at the
markers inside the exhibition to start your adventure!
This new app has many old favourite locations from the ability to stand on Mars,
visiting the Salt Flats, New Year’s Fireworks on Hong Kong Harbour or chill
looking at the Northern Lights. Many new delights await including caverns,
Bond moments and new iconic locations from around the world
A 10 part television series and interactive journey that follows sailors,
scientists, hunters and artists on a journey through the Arctic’s Northwest Passage.
Riding in a Jeep, look around the world that lions, giraffes, and elephants, etc.
It is a VR experience just as if you visited the land of Africa.
Takes you to various landmarks in places such as Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.
You’ll be able to visit temples, mosques, tombs, palaces, museums, inns, old houses, and parks.
Step into exotic locations like Machu Picchu; browse leading colleges and universities, including Harvard and Yale; become immersed in breathtaking live events like TomorrowWorld
Explore the quaint Tuscan countryside. This might be useful to visualize Italy when reading books or studying history.
View-Master®: Destinations allows you to visit landmarks in three of the world’s most famous cities -- virtually! Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York, explore the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza or experience London’s Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
The Wild Within (Android)
The Wild Within is an interactive, 360* video that allows travellers to experience the pristine coastal wilderness of British Columbia, Canada in a truly immersive way.
Expand your knowledge - with over 260 countries and 230 capitals, this is the most complete atlas app on the market.
Language Arts, Literature & Stories
Harvest of Change
A journalism project that tells the story of the Dammann family farm in southwest Iowa.
Legendary VR (Android)
VR experience through movies distributed by Legendary Pictures such asCrimson Peak, Pacific Rim, and next summer’s Warcraft.
VR Stories by USA TODAY NETWORK brings news into virtual reality. With an expanding library of compelling 360-degree videos, you can immerse yourself in the stories of America, with or without cardboard viewers. The experience is streamed to your device or it can be downloaded for offline viewing.
Fully immerse yourself in 3D VR or full screen 360 featured stories, with dynamically changing directional binaural sound.
War of Words VR (Android)
Britain’s greatest war poet prepares you for battle…
‘War Of Words: VR’ uses virtual reality to take you back to 1916, and into a mindset captured by Siegfried Sassoon in his controversial poem ‘The Kiss’.
Every day, we bring the world to our readers. With NYT VR, we bring our readers to the world.
Through virtual reality, The New York Times puts you at the center of the stories that only we can tell: stories reported by a staff of award-winning journalists all told through an immersive video experience.
Aquarium in VR
This interactive aquarium features sharks, clown fish and many more. Look deeper to learn more about the ethereal sea life in the pacific ocean.
To discover what type of fish are in our virtual reality aquarium, gaze at the specific fish to reveal their description.
View-Master®: National Geographic Wildlife takes you on safari in three of the world’s most famous spots -- virtually! Walk on the wild side with kangaroos and koalas in the Australian Outback, sloths and jaguars in the Amazon and native animals on the African Savanna.
National Geographic Virtual Safari
This interactive field guide to the wildlife and plants of 100 National Parks includes all the birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians you'll encounter while visiting a park as well as helps you identify native trees and wildflowers.
Volvo Reality, featuring the Volvo XC90 Experience, is the world’s first virtual reality test drive on a smart phone.
Space & Earth Science
COSMOS Navigator COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY
Pilot your own tour of the universe, inspired by the series, with Celestron’s new planetarium app. Explore the Solar System, 120,000 stars, over 200 star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and dozens of asteroids, comets, and satellites—including the ISS. Navigator includes everything you need to experience the night sky in an exciting new way.
ISS onLive allows you to watch realtime video of earth from International Space Station.
Have you ever wanted to launch a rocket to the stars? Liftoff VR enables you to experience that along with the added challenge of landing the booster rocket back on a drone ship after successfully deploying a satellite to space.
Come explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information,
news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content.
The 3DV mobile app allows you to examine several of NASA’s Deep Space Exploration projects
that will take our space program to asteroids, Mars, and beyond.
You don't need to be an astronomer to find stars or constellations in the sky, just open SkyView® Free and let it guide you to their location and identify them. SkyView Free is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find popular constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate planets in our solar system, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.
Titans of Space
A short guided tour of our planets and a few stars in virtual reality.
Ever wanted to jump out of a plane? How about a helicopter? Now you can! Download the Virtual Reality 360º
Try your own exciting rides and feel incredible sensations and breathtaking emotions in stereoscopic vr reality.
Find yourself stayed in the center of a cartoon night city!
Cardboard Camera takes VR photos—moments in time you can relive in virtual reality. Hear the sounds as they happened, and look around to see the scene in every direction. VR photos are 3D, so near things look near and far things look far. Whether its a vacation getaway or a family get-together, VR photos bring you back to that moment.
A service for viewing interactive Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality applications on your phone.
A directory of VR content that shows content from YouTube, including 360 and 3D content,
includes a VR video player in case you have local files you want to watch, a VR browser, a VR camera,
a 360 VR photo gallery, and a spot where you can view all of your VR apps.
Littlestar (iOS)A 360° video and VR cinema network, where you can experience the best content from Red Bull,
Mercedes F1, DKNY, Volvo, MLB and much more across over 20 categories
including Travel, Sports, Lifestyle, Technology, Music and more
Seene is a photo-sharing social network with a twist: Users' images are three-dimensional. Launched in 2013, it pre-dates Google Cardboard, and doesn't require it to run. But if you have the headset, it offers you a whole new way to experience photos on the platform. It's also totally free.