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Exploring London By Bus | VR Experience

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Exploring London by Bus | VR Experience

 

I created this project, as part of the VR Development course by Udacity. Exploring London by Bus is a mobile VR experience for people from all over the world, that helps them explore places they haven’t visited before.

With the new VR technologies, we can create a totally different level of immersiveness and interactivity in the learning processes.

The project lets one take a bus in East London stopping at random locations of the bus route 43.

The user starts in the bus and picks one of the 4 stops to get off and look around.

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Some of the stops also lead to other scenes to explore the location more. Each scene is accompanied with the sound of the location to give a more real feel to it.

After exploring the place, the user can opt to go back to the bus, and choose another stop to explore.


Process

To recreate an experience and make it more immersive, I went to the aforementioned bus stops in London and took 360 photos and sound effects of those. I took quite a few photos in the area to be able to pick the best ones for the mobile app experience. You can take a look at them on Google Street view.

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Upon choosing the right photos, I then moved to Unity and created scenes with spheres for each location. Each scene had a sound effect relevant to the location, and a UI element that would let user know what they are meant to do next.

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The next steps

The game can be expanded to many more places to explore; also with 360 video spheres not just 360 photo spheres.

The voice over with some information about the place can be added as an overlay to the spacial sound effects.

 

Tools: Unity3D, Google Pixel phone