Conan O’Brien to Broadcast in VR at Comic-Con with Conan360 App
As virtual reality (VR) technology finally heads towards the consumer market it is starting to see support from major media outlets. Popular US talk show host Conan O’Brien is the latest to be connected to the tech. This week it’s been announced that O’Brien’s show, Conan, is heading to San Diego Comic-Con from 8th – 12th July 2015. The host will be broadcasting coverage of the event with the help of a 360 degree camera, and will even be offering fans the chance to watch this content using VR.
Heading to both the iOS and Android app stores soon is a VR version of the Conan360 app. A standard 360 degree version is already available in the free Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco app, but this new edition will allow viewers to watch content using the Google Cardboard mobile head-mounted display (HMD). Having downloaded the app, users need simply slip their smartphone into the Cardboard device to view the host’s coverage in VR. A video of O’Brien and co-host Andy Richter explaining the app can be seen here.
Those that don’t own a Google Cardboard viewer can head to the official Conan360 site to apply for one of a limited number of specially-made kits. The site also contains some examples of the show’s other 360 degree content along with a VR FAQ for those that have never experienced the technology before. A release for the VR version of the app has not yet been announced but, with Comic-Con now less than 2 weeks away, expect it to hit soon.
Plenty of other VR experiences are expected to be showcased at Comic-Con next month. Earlier it was revealed that TNT would be bringing a new experience based on its The Last Ship series to the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). VRFocus will continue to follow the event closely, reporting back with any VR-related updates.