New VR apps to check out in 2017
The Virtual Reality technology is constantly developing, more and more interesting apps are coming out, and not just in the gaming field. In this post, we have selected 5 new VR apps we think you should check out.
Some of these are free, and you just need your smartphone to enjoy them, and for some you need a bit pricier VR headset (like GearVR), or a more expensive one (HTC Vive, Oculus), but all of them are worth trying out.
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Available for Oculus Rift, The Climb lets you experience the thrill of solo climbing with mountains from North America, Europe, and Asia. In tourist mode, you can go at your own pace, and enjoy the view, but there are also intense routes where great technique is required, or you can also compete with your friends in multiplayer mode. The app is immersive, beautiful, and feels very close to the real thing, according to climbers. Now the game can also be used with the Oculus Touch.
After rock climbing, let’s try another breath-taking experience, meeting the amazing creatures of the sea. TheBlu is a VR experience available for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, has 3 episodes to date, Whale Encounter, in which you come face-to-face with a huge blue whale, Reef Migration, which takes place at a coral reef, and Luminous Abyss, which takes you to the deepest part of the ocean. TheBlu is said to be one of the most immersive and beautiful VR experiences.
3.Google Arts and Culture
Of course, VR experiences can be used for so much more, than seeing different parts of the world, it can be great for education purposes. Now you don’t even need to go to museums, Google Arts and Culture (available for Android and iOS with Google Cardboard) lets you explore historical places, museums and heritage sites all from the comfort of your home. There are hundreds of different locations, experiences and art pieces, so if you are into culture and history, you will never get bored with this app.
4.Public Speaking VR
Apart from learning and exploring, VR is also great for treating and helping with some psychological issues, like the last two apps we found. The first one, Public Speaking VR (available for Android, iOS, and GearVR) can come as a lifesaver for many people, who are afraid of speaking in front of many people. By visualizing the audience in the app in a 360° view with animations and sound distractions, it helps to improve the communication skills, and prepares the user for real life situations, like interviews, presentations, and giving speeches.
Another app to help dealing with a common phobia: being afraid of spiders. Fearless (available for Oculus Rift and GearVR) is based on proven exposure therapy techniques, and it slowly, but gradually introduces you to the presence of spiders, starting from a drawing of a spider to one appearing in front of you in the simulation. This is one of those apps, that do not provide enjoyment, but can actually help with some issues, that people are generally struggling with, even if they seem small, like a spider.
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