This short post explains step by step how to share your tours for VR headsets quickly and easily, getting your learners immersed in the action straight away!
One real growth area over the past year has been virtual visits, tours and learning experiences. More and more people are using ThingLink to create immersive 360° experiences to make learning more lifelike and engaging. We know teachers love to share VR introductions and expeditions with their classes on LMS, Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom and many are investing in VR headsets to provide authentic, in-context viewing. To make the process even slicker and faster, we’ve got news for you: you can now grab a short code to start viewing your VR experience straight away in your VR headset!
How to: Open ThingLink in VR using the new short code:
Open your scene and click the 'Share' button then the 'Share link' tab.
Click the 'Short URL for VR' button and generate the URL.
Copy the shareable VR short code
Open the default browser on your headset (e.g. Oculus browser, Mixed Reality browser)
Go to thinglink.com/vr
Enter your shortcode and use the 'Open' button.
ThingLink is compatible with the following VR headsets:
- Oculus Go
- Oculus Quest
- Oculus Rift
- Samsung Gear VR
- HMD Odyssey (Windows Mixed Reality Headset)
- Google Cardboard with any modern Android or iOS smartphone
ThingLink VR mode uses WebVR technology which means it works in VR headsets that are also WebVR compatible. You can check whether your headset is included at https://webvr.info or on the manufacturer’s website.
Create and collaborate in VR!
Remember - learners can also be creators! Secure and incredibly simple to learn, edit and share, ThingLink can be used as a collaborative tool for your learners. Students can create their own ThingLink 360° scenes and content to use in VR, or use the clone function to edit your example. And now with the new feature, it is easy to grab the short code to share it with the classroom and start viewing the tour straight away in your VR headset!
Take a look at this example from the State of Maine, who created a tour of famous landmarks in VR.
ThingLink’s virtual 360° Tour Creator is just getting better!
The ThingLink team is continuously striving to improve functionality and ease of use for all creators and learners. In 2021 will see more exciting ThingLink developments and collaborations than ever before, which we can’t wait to share with you!
Here is a quick summary of what you can do with ThingLink’s VR tour creator today:
- Enrich your 360 media with a wide variety of content types: images, audio, text labels and videos.
- Ask viewers to answer a question before they can move to the next scene (conditional transition)
- Share your work for students to explore or to edit!
- Use 360° images from our ready-to-use professional image library.
- Add your own custom icons for more personalised tours.
- View ThingLink VR tours on desktop, mobile, immersive rooms, and VR headsets!
- Share VR tours to LMS and Microsoft Teams
- Generate a short code for easy VR viewing
Using 360 images in ThingLink to create VR scenes and tours
We have an ever-expanding library of beautiful 360 images from all over the world, but you can also take your own using either a 360 camera or the easy-to-use Google Streetview app.
For more information on using ThingLink in VR and the new short code please see this article.
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