Google Expeditions and The White House have teamed up to bring a holiday-themed tour of the President’s home to virtual reality. The VR tour was posted on The White House’s YouTube page, showcasing the presidential residence decked out in full Christmas splendor.
YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98U2jdk8OGI
Google Expeditions, a “virtual field trip” program, combines Google’s Cardboard VR headset with its Jump system, a 16-camera setup to capture immersive 360-degree video footage. This setup allowed viewers to step right into the shoes of a visitor during the tour of the White House, showcasing highlights such as the library, china room, and even a cameo by the Obama family pet, Bo.
While the experience works best using Cardboard or the Samsung Gear VR, those without a virtual reality rig can also partake in the holiday festivities by scrolling around on a desktop as well as on a smartphone, which even moves in response to the viewer’s position.
The White House isn’t the only location to get the treatment from Jump’s VR-ready video, with an entire playlist surrounding viewers in exotic locations ranging from the Congo to the Grand Canyon, and even places in between, like an Avicii concert.