Virtual Reality has been in the news a lot lately, and with good reason. Content creators are seeing it as an exciting new way to engage viewers in games, films, and education software. Luckily for them and us, there is also no shortage of platforms to develop for, with Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Microsoft HoloLense to name just a few. Since Google Cardboard has been available for some time and is easily accessible thanks to its simplicity and low cost, it’s no wonder that users and big name talent alike are embracing it. In May of this year, Fast and Furious director Justin Lin created a short film titled “Help” that he released via Google’s “Spotlight Stories” app. If you haven’t seen this revolutionary piece of film making, you owe it to yourself to pause reading this and go experience it for yourself. Incredible, right? Now, Roddenberry Entertainment (of Star Trek fame) and Immersive Media (the guys behind Google Street View) are joining forces to give us: Roddenberry 360°. An impressive partnership that has already created a short VR film called “White Room: 02B3”.
White Room: 02B3 is the story of six strangers who suddenly awaken in a white room and eventually find out that they are unwilling participants in an experiment that could change the face of humanity forever. The film, which has already won film festival awards both domestically and internationally, stars a variety of genre recognizable talent including Breckin Meyer, Tamlyn Tomita, David Blue, Rachel True and Doug Jones, as well as Internet icons Tony Janning and Milynn Sarley.
You can watch the trailer for the sci-fi thriller on their Android, and iOS apps too. In August, the full movie will be released as an app in the Google Play store, Apple’s App Store and Samsung’s Galaxy App store for $2.99. Sometime after that, the feature will also make it’s way to the Samsung Galaxy Gear VR and Oculus Rift.
And the good news continues: According to Roddenberry 360°, this is just the beginning. The company will be creating more original content and lending their expertise to outside projects. If you still haven’t gotten your hands on a Google Cardboard VR set, head over to the Google Cardboard website for instruction on how to make one yourself or pick one up for a few bucks.Source: PR Newswire
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