Few days from now, US President Barack Obama will be stepping down, making way for the newly elected Donald Trump. Before leaving, Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have a little gift for everyone. They recorded a tour of the White House shot by virtual reality film studio Felix & Paul. That tour went online for Oculus VR headsets and Facebook 360-degree video, and Mark Zuckerberg has posted the same on his page. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
In collaboration with Oculus and Felix & Paul Studios, the President and First Lady are using VR to bring the history of the White House directly to you. The eight-minute clip is a prelude to a longer VR experience, which will be released later this year. “What we wanted to do is make sure that everybody felt they had access to the White House,” Obama says in the experience.
It is interesting to see how Barack Obama is using the VR technology considering his farewell speech was also live-streamed in VR earlier this week. Facebook’s Oculus launched a 360-video version of the tour on Facebook. You can watch on your phone, moving it around you to see in every direction or you can use a Gear VR headset. Here s a preview:
Facebook had released its first 360 video with Surround 360 camera back in May last year showcasing a short film in New York s Grand Central station. 360 degree videos are taking videography to another level and are implemented as well in different platforms. One of the best examples is Google s Art and Culture app which allows you to take 360 degree tours of famous arts museums and sites. ALSO READ: Facebook fixes massive battery draining issue on Android app
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