A brand new virtual reality (VR) experience, Orbulus, has launched with the aim of delivering stereoscopic 3D photo viewing on mobile devices. Developed by VRCraftworks, the software is available now and supports most 3D content viewers, such as Durovis Dive, Altergaze and is also suggested to be designed for future compatibility with the forthcoming Gear VR from Samsung.
Inspired by the Photo Sphere community, Orbulus allows users to view images in stereoscopic 3D without the need to upgrade to a new mobile handset featuring a more advanced display. Instead, the software presents two isolated images that layer atop one another when the mobile handset is inserted into one of the numerous mobile VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) now available or coming to market soon.
“The Photo Sphere community has produced some fantastic pieces of photography and until now have been limited to displaying them on flat screens,” reads the official description of Orbulus from VRCraftworks. “With the coming technologies from Oculus, Sony, Samsung, Altergaze and Durovis all that is set to change essentially putting you where the creating photographer was, in the center of the composition. What we are presenting many of the best examples of this work, with the creators permissions, for you to enjoy at your own pace. [sic]”