Virtual reality or an immersed view into what we see is a real future where we are heading towards. Companies have invested big bucks on it! Bringing virtual reality on the web is going to be bot an easy task. But soon we will get to play with this new future tech on web as Firefox and Chrome browsers building an experimental virtual reality headset browsing support.
If virtual reality is not something which would make an impact in coming days, Facebook wouldn’t have invested $2 billion on Oculus VR headset makers. During this year’s I/O, Google gave a handy DIY VR headsets to all its attendees which they called it as Cardboard.
Well, the world is moving towards VR. Guys behind making web a beautiful place to live have put their first step towards bringing it to a large audience! Last week, Mozilla began implementing WebVR support in daily builds of Firefox, and now Brandon Jones, a Chrome WebGL developer for Google, has detailed the company’s own plans for VR in Chrome, with experimental builds available for PC and Mac now (with Linux on the way).
‘The opportunity for VR on the Web is particularly exciting’ Vladimir Vukićević a Mozilla engineer wrote on his work. “The Web is a vibrant, connected universe where many different types of experiences can be created and shared. People can be productive, have fun and learn all from within their browser. It is, arguably, an early version of the Metaverse — the browser is the portal through which we access it.”
Agreeing to what Vladimir has projected about his work, Jones says Chrome’s VR functionality is very similar to what was already seen in Firefox. However, it does come with a minor differences in terms of implementation which will get ironed out as developers give us a better idea of what’s important and what’s not.
Adding to this, Jones says,
Instead, just like adding WebGL to the browser doesn’t magically make everything 3D, adding WebVR doesn’t turn everything into a Virtual Reality experience. Instead, it provides an API that allows developers to create VR content in the context of a web page. Picture this: You are browsing Amazon and find a jacket/TV/bike/whatever that you’re interested in.
If Amazon’s developers took advantage of the WebVR API they could add a button that says “View in VR” which let you view the item through a VR headset in 3D at 1:1 scale. In the case of a piece of clothing you could see it on a virtual mannequin, walk around it, lean in and examine the stitching, and so on as if it were actually sitting right in front of you. You could also imagine similar experiences with educational tools, data visualization, mapping, and so on. WebVR gives developers the tools needed to make it happen.
Woah! Isn’t that big enough to predict where virtual reality is heading to?
<To view this video, please select Play from the right click menu>
Not to ignore, there is a whole other world known as Gaming where many internet surfers spend more time. Imagine yourself, playing those Facebook games using a virtual reality headset. Yeah, I personally hate Facebook game requests. But this tech can bring in a whole new layer to what we have seen so far!
However, getting it to mainstream will take some time. So Chrome and Firefox teams have released this feature under daily builds. Developers and enthusiasts can download these builds and play around with the experiments. Both the nightly builds are available for Windows and OS X at the moment and will be coming for Linus based OS.
For more info, check out credits links mentioned below. We will be more info on this soon. Stay tuned!