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Need to Be Alone? These VR Experiences are Perfect for You!

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Alone Time in VR

Every once in a while, people may feel the urge to spend some quality alone time by themselves. This is nothing unusual, and the need to be alone is manifested differently for each individual, but it is crucial for getting to know ourselves better, which should be one of the highest priorities for each and every one of us.

If you want to achieve a mental balance through mindfulness, be sure to check out our selection of best VR Meditation Apps, which may pave the way towards your inner peace. Additionally, these VR experiences are perfect if you need to be alone!

360° Nature, Travel & Relaxation VR Experiences

Atmosphaeres are making motivational VR 360° videos designed for relief from stress, pain and anxiety. On their website, there are currently over ten experiences available, with different themes – therapy, travel, nature and relaxation. Most of the content is made for users who like to enjoy remote and quiet places in the comfort of their own home.

If you want to enjoy some time alone, the videos we would recommend are The Bavarian Alps, Ireland or some of the beach scenarios. The content available is paid, with prices starting from $1.99 for a 15-30 minute video. You can download the app via Google Play.

William Briscoe’s 360° Time-lapse Photography

The photographer William Briscoe specializes in capturing time-lapse footage of the night sky, mostly in Alaska. Well, we got to feel blessed William Briscoe is resident of Alaska, because he is able to capture some of the nature’s most beautiful phenomena such as Aurora Borealis, The Midnight Sun, or the Milky Way over the Arctic – the wonders that many people put at the top of their must-see list.

Make sure to follow William Briscoe Photography official youtube channel, if you enjoy spending your time alone staring at the majestic Alaskan night sky. William’s most recent videos are available in 8K quality.

RelaxVR

The research has already proved that VR is an effective way to treat stress and anxiety. In certain situations, VR can invoke the exact same mind and body reactions as the real-world experiences would, due to its capability to create a realistic illusion of you actually being in the simulated scenario.

In RelaxVR you are able to visit some of the most serene locations around the world, complemented by melodious ambient music. You can choose between two meditation methods available – simple breath awareness meditation, or you can try out a guided meditation called Yoga Nidra.

Edge of Home

In this virtual-reality experience you become an astronaut stationed at the International Space Station (ISS). You get to enjoy a genuine spacewalk and also learn about each of the components that make up the ISS modules.

Download Edge of Home via Google Play

Life VR’s Lumen

Explore the bio-luminescent forest with Lumen in this interactive anti-stress virtual reality experience. Soundtrack, which is composed by Susumi Yokota, is evolving as you interact with the vivid environment. The experience doesn’t last more than 5 minutes, but you will surely enjoy immersing into it repeatedly.

Which Samsung Gear 360 Model is Better – 2016 or 2017?

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Gear 360 - 2016 or 2017

The 2017 upgrade to the Gear 360 is clearly very different from last year’s model, as anyone can see at first glance. The new model is very much slimmer and more compact. Most disturbingly, though, when you look at the specifications of the two models, it seems at first glance that the specifications of the new model are lower than those of the original. However, in this case, those specifications are really quite misleading, as you’ll see as we examine both Gear 360 models in depth.

For those who still don’t know what the Gear 360 does, here’s the standard ‘propaganda’ video…

So there are two models, 2016 and 2017 – What’s the big deal?

Well, to compare them, let’s start by looking at the obvious…

When you do that, you see that in the old Gear 360, the creators had placed the battery and the processor module in a little space between the two lenses. This meant that the camera was very flexible, and could be mounted anywhere – on the head while rock climbing, or on the hand when bungee jumping. People took advantage of this flexibility to do these things, and many more, leading to some amazing – or very personal – 360 degree videos, as you’ve just seen above.

Gear 360 2016

Let’s take a look at the specifications of the two cameras.

As I said above, when you compare the two Gear 360 from 2016 and 2017, you find that the old one has quite a bit more width between the two lenses, to fit the battery and processor module.

The new one is more slim, with less space between the lenses.

This is a significant difference, and we’ll come back to it later.

For the rest, the new camera creates images in 15 MP, as compared to the 30 MP of the old camera. Its dual lens video resolution is significantly higher, but the single lens video resolution is significantly lower – however, with that lower resolution comes double the frame rate!

Gear 360 2017

Breaking things down – which Gear 360 is superior?

As I mentioned briefly earlier, the biggest advantage of the new Gear 360 is the fact that the lenses are closer together. This makes 360 degree views more natural, and allows the images from the two cameras to be ‘stitched’ to each other more perfectly. With the older model, there were often areas of warped distortions where the images of the two lenses joined.

I wouldn’t take the lesser megapixels too seriously – higher megapixels do not necessarily mean that an image is more detailed. Often, it just means that the image is larger, and takes more space to store – without necessarily having more detail.

Of course the 2017 model of the Gear 360 doesn’t have NFC, which could be a problem for people who were used to using that feature, but it’s just as easy to connect to the device through the app, so limiting this feature helped with that all-important reduction of distance between the lenses of the camera.

So the 2017 model has distinct advantages over last year’s one?

Definitely.

The sensors are smaller, it is appreciably lighter in weight. Better still, the detail and resolution in the recordings is very much improved – and the high frame rates in the videos make a vast difference when you’re recording movement, whether it’s from a moving vehicle, or from a roller-coaster. Movement becomes smooth, and the choppy low-frames that can cause motion-sickness with VR headsets are completely eliminated.

Important new features of the Gear 360 from 2017.

This year’s model allows you to preview ‘little planet’ images and videos. Don’t know what those are? Look at the video below…

With 2017’s Gear 360, you can preview any scene in ‘little planet’ mode before recording an image or a video. You can also adjust sizes and other settings in the preview. This makes for much better ‘little planet’ videos or recordings.

Landscape HDR allows you to combine pictures taken with different exposures to create a more colour-correct image – this is wonderful for capturing subtle colour details in a picture of a sunset, for example. I especially like this option.

Finally, there is the looping video option. This allows you to overwrite recorded video when the camera comes to the end of its storage space. I’m not very much in favour of this option, but some people might like it.

Anyway, the important thing is that 2016’s Gear 360 doesn’t have these features, and they can be useful, depending on the situation. They’re also interesting features to play around with.

And you could take either one with you to the ends of the world… or to Machu Picchu…

So let’s get down to the real question…

Should I purchase 2016’s model? Or 2017’s?

Well, the 2016 model Gear 360 is perfectly fine. But 2017’s model is the definite must-buy because it, quite simply, takes better 360 degree images and videos. If you throw out every other difference between the cameras, it’s that 20mm difference in the space between the lenses that makes the 2017 model vastly superior.

2017’s model is the better camera for taking smooth, perfectly ‘wrapped’ 360 degree videos and images with, and that’s why you should buy it for.

The Best VR Experiences for Seniors

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Once a person reaches the a certain, older age, many circumstances begin to dictate the individual’s quality of life. Health is, of course, the most important factor, as it most often limits the range of activities in which elderly people can engage. Some seniors, on the other hand, have managed to maintain an enviable physical form and social life, but for many not so fortunate ones, the real world may become very small and stifling.

A company named Rendever recognized the therapeutic potential of virtual reality, as they introduced the seniors in retirement homes to virtual reality, resulting in increased overall resident happiness. Here are some of the best VR experiences for seniors that you should let your grandparents enjoy today!

theBlu

theBlu is a deeply immersive game that allows you to explore magnificence of the ocean and meet some of the most awe inspiring inhabitants of it. Your senior family members will surely enjoy exploring coral reefs and underwater encounters with the largest species on earth – whales!

Calming environmental sounds and soothing effect of the deep sea bring a meditative quality to theBlu, making it a perfect choice, if you are trying to showcase the placidity you can achieve through virtual-reality, to the elderly people.

Apollo 11 VR

For anyone who was alive and old enough to be aware of the world around them during the Apollo missions, Apollo 11 VR is a perfect way to relive the moon landing experience from a brand new perspective. While back in 1969 , the today’s seniors probably watched the moon landing on their colourless TVs, nowadays they can actually walk in Apollo 11 astronaut’s shoes.

Apollo 11 VR is made in the form of a documentary, but with an interactive twist to it, since you are able to control the carefully recreated space module and explore the moons surface. The mix of original archive video, audio material and epic, inspirational music will make our beloved seniors feel as if they are really NASA’s astronauts from the golden age of space exploration.

Google Earth VR

When I asked my grandmother why does she like to watch travel documentaries so much, she explained that that way she can see some regions and countries she’d never have the chance in real life. Well, it’s a great time to be alive grandma, because VR tourism is rapidly evolving, and with Google Earth VR you can explore the world from a completely new perspective.

Whether you want to visit The Colosseum, Florence Cathedral, Hoover Dam or the Matterhorn Peak, this is now entirely possible from the comfort of your armchair. Since the people in the late periods of their lives often become less mobile or partially incapacitated, VR is a feat of technology that ensures they remain capable of experiencing the great outdoors and far away countries despite the limitations their bodies and age imposes.

Rapid Fire: A Brief History of Flight

This is the experience your granddad will most likely enjoy more than your grandma! Rapid Fire is the documentary that will take you through the history of flight in a way that you have never witnessed before.

The content is highly immersive and it is probably a good idea to introduce your granddad to VR with some more relaxing content at first, so he can build up tolerance for VR motion sickness.