10 September 2016

Belfast in CardBoardCamera Virtual Reality

OK, by now you know I like the Google CardboardCamera app. It turns any Joe Soap with a smartphone into a VR 3D photographer, and as such you can in principle use it to experience 3D VR content from many sources and places. There are two main reasons why it is brilliant:

  1. It is actually stereoscopic. Most YouTube VR movies are actually 2D spherical projections - you don't get a real sensation of depth. CardboardCamera is pretty smart, and stitches together its panoramas to give you separate left and right eye images. Nice. 
  2. It overlays an audio track. Sound really boosts the immersiveness of the experience. It's not just looking at a boring image - even though it's still, there is still something going on. The soundtrack helps to locate you within the scene.
So with all that in mind, here is a small collection of CardboardCamera images I shot in Belfast. I hope you come and visit our great wee city, and have as much fun visiting these places in reality as I did shooting them for VR!

Download the panoramas - right-click, "Save link as", and copy the resultant file into your \DCIM\CardboardCamera folder on your Android phone. Then view in the CardboardCamera app.

Belfast City Hall is a masterpiece of art and architecture, dating from the very early years of the 20th Century. It's well worth a visit, with regular tours of the interior.

This fountain commemorates Daniel Joseph Jaffe, one of the leading members of Belfast's small but influential and illustrious Jewish community at the turn of the 20th Century. It sits in the historic heart of the city, close to the modern Victoria Square shopping centre.

HMS Caroline is the last survivor from the Battle of Jutland in World War One, the largest naval engagement in history. The ship has been restored to tell the story of the battle and life at sea in the early 20th Century. It's absolutely fascinating.

This is where I did my first house jobs as a junior doctor, although it's a lot quieter now than back then! The main action in the RVH takes place in the new sections. This Victorian corridor is a listed building, and contains many memories.

Belfast's flagship conference and concert venue in the evening light, as the traffic rushes by on Oxford Street. The Belfast Bikes are a great way of getting around the city.

Well, every city has its not-so-pretty major arterial routes, yes?


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