Last year VRFocus reported on the news that YouVist, an American website that lets users take virtual tours of college and university campuses, had launched support for the Google Cardboard mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The integration meant that, rather than simply looking at these campuses through a 2D screen, users could feel that bit closer to actually stepping into these locations, using the head-tracking replicated on their smartphone to look all around each area. This week sees YouVisit also arrive on Samsung and Oculus VR’s mobile HMD, Gear VR.
According to VRPill over on Reddit, the app includes well over 500 colleges and universities for users to explore, each with a set of 360 degree images taken from around their respective campuses. The software isn’t limited to the USA, either; sites from around the world can be viewed in VR. YouVisit’s intention is to help future students pick where to study, at least helping flag up a list of potential sites to visit for real.
“Discover thousands of colleges and universities from around the world in immersive virtual reality,” the official description for the app reads. “YouVisit Colleges gives students, parents, and educators the ability to explore college and university campuses in a lifelike environment that’s the next best thing to physically being there. New colleges added regularly.”
VRFocus will continue to follow any and all Gear VR applications, reporting back with the latest on them.