Library program will explore virtual reality
Adults and teens will have the chance to explore virtual reality in Wilton Library’s Innovation Station on Monday, August 22, when the library offers a beginner’s Google Cardboard workshop from 6 to 7:30.
“Google Cardboard is essentially a device that contains and supports a smartphone with a set of lenses, and it allows that smartphone to work as a virtual reality headset,” said Thomas Kozak, library webmaster and instructor of the class.
“You install a special app, which then projects the view for each side," said Kozak. “The way that is works is by using the gyroscope sensors in the phone to provide all of the virtual reality head tracking."
During the library’s Exploring Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard program, adults and teens entering at least eighth grade will get their own virtual reality cardboard headsets and learn how to explore various apps.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 10, only one person had signed up for the program.
“We will see whether [the class] fills up in the next few weeks,” Kozak told The Bulletin that day. “This is the first time we’ve done this program, so it’s kind of a test to see where people’s interests lie.”
During the class, Kozak said, he will be demoing the construction of the Google Cardboard kit, helping people install the app onto their phones, and instructing them on how to use it.
Kozak said there’s a “fairly wide range” of Google Cardboard-compatible virtual reality applications.
“There’s an official Google Cardboard app, which includes functions like a virtual museum gallery that has artifacts that you can look at from different angles,” he said.
“There are YouTube videos that have actually been short in 360-degree panorama, so as you’re watching the video, you can turn your head around to see what’s going on around you from different angles.”
Kozak said there are also virtual reality games and roller coaster simulators.
“Some of the apps are free and some are paid,” he said. “We’re going to be looking at the free options for the class.”
Kozak said he is looking forward to “seeing people’s reactions when they find themselves immersed in a three-dimensional space.”
An Android 4.1 or higher or an Apple iOS 8.0 or higher device is required for the class and larger phones with four- to six-inch screens can be supported.
There is a $15 fee for the class and registration is required.