How virtual reality will change the face and fate of websites

Virtual reality is rapidly becoming the next big thing in web technology. The concept of virtual reality and augmented reality was introduced first in 1950s and was popularised in 2012, when Google introduced Street View which featured live 360 degree view of real places. Today many tech giants like Microsoft, Apple and Sony are adopting this technology and developing it for many advanced applications. Facebook has bought Oculus Rift and is working towards using it as an interactive communication platform. Google has also adapted it by developing Google Cardboard and Daydream for any Android and iOS device.

Be it gaming, architecture or education, virtual reality is leading on every front to provide the ultimate and enriching user experience. So why leave the web behind? The aim of virtual reality is to provide a more immersive, interactive and intelligent affair for the user.

How does a VR website look like?

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First you will require a VR headset to view a VR website in its truest sense. But even if you don’t have one, you can still view it provided your browser is compatible with the software. Compared to the usual website, a VR website has an entire canvas build up for you. A beautiful panoramic screen filled with different icons and elements aligned to suit your preferences. Instead of the traditional keyboard and mouse, you have hand gestures, voice commands to guide it. And there is no boundaries to the screen, it continues till the end of your vision. You can perform all sorts of actions on it and explore all websites with their stunning 3D features.

 

How is a VR website developed?

A VR website is built using WebVR, a one of its kind JavaScript API that lets you use and access VR devices like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Every browser has its own compatibility and various extensions are available on it. For example, MozVR is developed by the Mozilla Developer Network to provide amazing VR content on your smartphone by using Google Cardboard.

Most of the web developers use A-frame, an open WebVR framework which is powered by HTML. It is fully extensible and being open-source you can integrate many features as much as you want. As it is supported by three.js, it is the most ideal framework available today. Many more powerful frameworks will be built in near future to support the complexity of the WebVR content ecosystem.

How influential will a VR website turn out to be?

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Let us consider different scenarios which will illustrate the difference between the usual website and a VR website. If we are visiting an e-commerce website like Amazon or Snapdeal, we go through a range of products and inspect every aspect of it. Suppose you want to find the perfect hat or any other clothing apparel for you. Normally you would go through the range and select the best one for yourself. But in Web VR, you will be actually able to see how that cloth looks on you from every perspective. See yourself from every angle and try an entire collection virtually without going to the mall. So in this way, your shopping experience is simplified and more fun.

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If you want to buy a car, then a VR website is the perfect place for you. You can actually feel what it’s like to sit in your favourite car model, take a ride in it and customise it. Instead of just plainly viewing the car, you can do so much more with it. You can go through all your favourite models and virtually ride all of them. Now that’s a real e-commerce site for you. The one which offers the real deal and let’s you experience the real product.

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Now in terms of education and learning, VR websites have so much to offer. Imagine Wikipedia as a live, extensive library having literally any information you want to know about. You want to know about the Big Bang which happened 14 billion years ago? Why just only read about it when you can watch an amazing 3D simulation describing every minute detail about it and what happened at the beginning of the universe. Endless videos, simulations, captivating sound effects and motion graphics- all developed to provide an enriching learning experience to you.

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We cannot even possibly imagine about how Google Maps will progress in this field. If you want to visit the Egyptian pyramids or sit on the top of the tallest mountain of Alps then you can do it. Yes! You can definitely do it but virtually! Walk through the pyramids and know more about them through a virtual guide or see an amazing 360 degree view from the Alps. The entire world is at your feet (your eyes actually) and you can explore it to the fullest.

With virtual reality, we can see and grasp our imaginary environment in a smart way. Newer and better possibilities will be created and discovered in this vast field. The chances of creating a more fascinating, immersive future are high. So stay tuned to our blog for the latest news in the field of virtual reality and web development.

by Siteflu

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