The majority of entries into Oculus VR’s Mobile VR Jam have been for videogames. However a number of developers have also been creating virtual reality (VR) apps and experiences for the Jam and its primary platform, the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). One such developer is David Wyand, who has created an intriguing new experience by the name of Circumpaint. The title has been selected as one of the finalists for the Jam. A video showcasing footage of it can be seen below.
Circumpaint grants players a 360 canvas to draw on using Gear VR’s head-tracking technology. This isn’t, however, a simple VR conversion of Paint. Instead, players are able to use Circumpaint to actually animate scenes. In examples seen in the video, a player quickly mocks up a canon that repeatedly fires, and even features a nod to another VR Jam entry in Dual Reality Games’ Phaseshift.
“Circumpaint takes full advantage of the full 360 degree viewing and control capabilities of the GearVR in order to allow you to produce unique art,” Wyand notes on an official entry page, from which the submitted build of the title can also be downloaded. “Not only does this work with stills, but also animated works that surround the user. Circumpaint is a unique application in the current Mobile VR space.”
As one of the finalists in the app or experience track of the Jam, Circumpaint hopes to win the grand prize of $100,000 USD. Following that, a number of runner-up awards are also on offer, including $50,000, $30,000 and $10,000. A further $10,000 is also on offer as a community voted prize.
VRFocus will continue to follow each and every entry into the Mobile VR Jam, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.