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14 August 2016

United Kingdom: Google Rolls Out Virtual Reality to School Children

The new system allows an entire classroom to don headsets and take
part in the same Virtual Reality experience, controlled by a teacher.
Google is rolling virtual reality out to UK school children. Dave Ashton comments: "This is utterly unbelievable - the insanity of young children putting microwave-emitting phones in cardboard boxes, right by their eyes and brain. How on earth can school managers, teachers, and parents let this happen? Why do so few of them seem to be asking serious questions, and why are so few of them informed?

Microwave radiation is a group 2B carcinogen which is linked to scores of health issues, including cancer and cataract formation (as well as heart disease, loss of fertility, neurological issues, autism - the list is endless). The $25m National Toxicology Study in the US has found that exposure to this radiation at levels too low to cause significant heating still resulted in heart and brain tumours in some of the exposed rats. For goodness sake, wake up people, and protect your children."

Google makes the field trip virtual: Expedition VR system lets teachers take pupils anywhere in the world (and beyond)
by Mark Prigg for Dailymail.com, 28 May 2015

  • System uses low cost cardboard headsets with a mobile phone inside 
  • Google working with GoPro to develop 360 camera system
  • Teachers can control pupil's headsets through a special app 

For most of us, school field trips consisted of trudging round farms and museums.

However, Google hopes that students will soon be able to take a virtual trip anywhere in the world - and even outside it.

The search giant today revealed a special virtual reality system that it hopes will let students travel anywhere in the universe.

Based on Google's Cardboard VR headset, the search giant said it hoped hundreds of schools would use the system when it is available later this year.

Clay Bavor of Google revealed over 1m people had used Cardboard, its low costviewer that uses a mobile phone.

At the firm's I/O conference, it revealed a new, larger version of the Cardboardheadset, and said its development software for virtual reality will also run on Apple's iPhone.

The firm also revealed the new project to use virtual reality in classrooms for virtual school trips.

Called Expeditions, the kit includes the phones and cardboard headsets needed.

Teachers can control the VR experience, so all the pupils see the same thing, and Google is working with organisations to create the virtual field trips.

'Field trips are a great way for teachers to engage students and give them a first hand understanding of a subject — but they're not always practical or even possible,' Google said..

'Expeditions allows teachers to make their curriculum come alive by taking their students on field trips to almost anywhere they can imagine.

'Around the globe, on the surface of Mars, on a dive to coral reefs or back in time — abstract concepts come to life in Expeditions, giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.'

One of Google's demonstrations allows pupils to see and underwater scene withsharks, and another to see the Great Wall of China. The firm is partnering with museums and space experts to create field trips for the system.

The Planetary Society, the Chateau de Versailles, the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History are on board with the new program for a rollout this autumn.

“The response from students and teachers has been incredible,' Bavor said.

'Hundreds of classes around the world have already gone on expeditions.'

The firm has also created a new system allowing people to create their own virtual photos.

Called Jump, it lets people capture VR videos using a 16 camera rig to capture video.

The firm has worked with Go Pro to develop the system.

Since 2014’s Cardboard model was built for midsized phones, 2015’s model takes the phablet craze into account, supporting handsets with displays of up to six inches.

The new Cardboard’s construction has also gotten a lot simpler, with the magnetic ring being replaced by a single button, and a three-step construction process.

The headset is made from corrugated cardboard folded to form a no-frills enclosure.

A mobile phone is then slotted in to act as a display.

When the headset is put on, lenses in the viewer show images from the screen as a left an right eye image.

Using a special app developed by Google, 3d images and videos can then be viewed.

Google also said that YouTube will support the new virtual reality system.

'Now we're taking the YouTube 360 experience even further by giving your amazing videos new places to thrive,' said Sanjeev Verma, a YouTube product manager.

'All of YouTube's 360-degree content is available on Google Cardboard, providing a truly immersive experience to your viewers.

'Additionally, your fans can watch these videos on iOS 8.0 and above. '

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