Back in November 2014 the BBC took its first foray into virtual reality (VR) apps to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first World War. The result was War of Words VR from digital design and direction agency BDH, which was produced in conjunction with a number of other BBC shows. Focusing on the poetry of World War One, the app was made for viewing on an Android smartphone with the likes of a Google Cardboard smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). Now, over a month on, the app has finally arrived on the iOS operating system (OS) too.
War of Words VR is currently free to download on iOS, meaning that it is now viewable on iPhones and well as Android devices. The app presents a visualisation of ‘The Kiss’, a piece from celebrated World War One poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon. Written at an army-training course shortly before the disastrous Battle of the Somme, the poem takes users on a short journey as it’s read aloud, depicting the act of taking a life. The audience can see a full 360 degree view of their surroundings as the poem is read.
BDH has also revealed that the app has reached over 10,000 downloads so far. This might sound like a surprisingly large figure but then Google did recently reveal that over 500,000 Cardboard units had been used since its launch. It seems that mobile VR is quickly becoming a very popular concept, then. That trend is only set to grow with the release of the likes of Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD too.
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