So, you want to view virtual reality content on your smartphone? Here’s a tutorial to get you started.
STEP 1: Get a VR viewer headset.
Many options already exist on the market, with more added every day. We like Google Cardboard because it’s cheap ($10), but any VR viewer will do.
STEP 2: Load content
Loading content depends on platform. We use the iPhone, which does not have a dedicated app with easy integration just yet, so here’s what we’ve been using:
- Download the Mobile VR Station App
- Download the VR files provided by Lam for your project (there should be 3 files: .sbs, .sbsl, .sbsr)
- Download iTunes onto computer if you don’t have it already, then plug iPhone into computer
- Click the iPhone icon in the upper left, then to Apps in the left sidebar
- Scroll down until you find the Mobile VR Station App, and load the 3 files. Unplug iPhone
- Within Mobile VR Station, you’ll find the image under ‘Browse Content, Files, Photo…”>Drives>Documents
- To change settings such as eye distance, add a profile.
- Once in the VR mode, you’ll see a banner of text/images. Hover over “Use Eye Mode” until the banner/text disappears.
Many more options exist, we’ve used NVIDIA VR Viewer:
- Download the NVIDIA VR Viewer
- Download the 1:1 4K jpeg provided by Lam for your project.
- Upload jpeg to phone app.
STEP 3: ENJOY!
For reference, the below video shows how we created the VR content.