We’re so glad that science has finally come up with the solution to humanity’s eternal problem. No, not climate change, that’s definitely not taken care of. We mean the eternal internal conflict between the part of us that wants to go out and explore the world and the part of us that doesn’t want to leave the couch. Virtual reality solves that problem for us and we are grateful.
Unfortunately, not everyone can afford one of those fancy head sets (unless you made yours out of a Molson Canadian box). It turns out you don’t need them. While the experience might not be as immersive as having your phone attached to your head, there are some VR experiences that are just as cool without. Here are five of the coolest VR experiences on the world wide web.
Love art but don’t want to have to leave your house to see it? A new feature on Google Maps lets you enter a whole list of art galleries and museums and actually (virtually) stroll around them to look at the paintings. It’s just like going to the gallery, minus the cost and travel time. Plus, you can check out museums from across the world that you might never see otherwise. You can even zoom in on some of the exhibits. What are you waiting for? Get Googling!
This is also a Google feature, but this one is an entire guided tour around the most famous recording studio in Britain. Abbey Road is the birthplace of hits from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Lady Gaga and even John Williams’ scores for Star Wars, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. It’s a pretty in-depth tour and, yes, it’s as amazing as it seems.
Now this one’s a little different but still pretty cool. It’s an animated storybook that you navigate by scrolling. The illustrations are beautiful and the graphics are to die for. It’s like a graphic novel but so much better. We can’t do it justice with a description, you just have to go see it for yourself.
The American National Marine Sanctuaries did a study and found that though 50 percent of the U.S. population lives within 80 km of a coast, less than five percent dive or snorkel. This virtual dive is their response. You can select from a number of locations along both the American coastlines and get a 360 degree view of the diving site. All the beauty of the ocean floor without the travel time, heavy air tank or having to squeeze into a wet suit.
This one is part of the LifeVR app so you have to use it on your phone or tablet, but it’s possibly the coolest. You climb Mount Everest with three real-life people in a four chapter journey that documents obstacles and weather along the way as well as some fantastic views. If you don’t really want the app, they have a pretty in-depth 360 trailer that takes you through a lot of the scenery too.