A Tool for Creating Shareable, Embeddable WebVR Stories

This team is looking at how to accommodate image formats from a variety of popular 360-degree cameras, including iPhone panoramas. The goal is to make a tool not only for journalists but also for any storyteller looking to tell a story in VR.

Though many in journalism are excited about VR, few are addressing real issues with making it attractive and interactive for their audience. Building on the research and prototypes from the previous quarter’s “Navigating VR” project, this team will begin building a tool to create an embeddable 360 experience. The authoring tool will allow users to annotate a 360-photo with rich media and allow navigation to other panoramas (a-la-Google-Streetview). The team will look at how to accommodate image formats from a variety of popular 360-degree cameras, including iPhone panoramas. The goal is to make a tool not only for journalists but also for any storyteller looking to tell a story in VR. This is a tech-forward project that will provide students with hands-on experience building with front-end technologies such as WebGL and JavaScript.

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Results

Results from the project

Faculty and Staff Leads

Zach Wise

Associate Professor

Emmy winning interactive producer & Associate Professor @NorthwesternU, @KnightLab. Formerly of The New York Times. Creator of TimelineJS & StoryMapJS

Students

Victoria Cabales

Greg Kim

Eunice Lee

Alex Stone