FieldscapesVR for Google Cardboard

Experience Fieldscapes with a Google Cardboard VR Headset

For more information:

FieldscapesVR - Putting Virtual Fieldtrips onto Google Cardboard

As a bit of a teaser for the main Fieldscapes application we've created a quick FieldscapesVR experience using Google Cardboard. This smartphone app allows you to walk and fly around Carding Mill Valley on the Long Mynd in Shropshire using an Android smartphone either on its own, or with a Google Cardboard VR headset (c. £10-15 from Amazon).

The valley, as well as being a popular tourist spot, is also a popular location for school field trips. There is no educational content or interactivity in the current version - other than being able to fly around an accurate 3D model of the valley - but that in itself is usually enough to extract a "oh - wow" reaction. The model covers an area roughly 2km x 2km.

This application is primarily intended to help teachers and field studies tutors to:

  • Familiarise students (and fellow teachers, and parents) with the valley before the trip; pointing out where they will be working, and any health and safety issues or other points of interest
  • Provide context when working in the valley - the app can be used like a virtual "drone", allowing students to fly up above their physical location to see the whole valley in context and to fly out to points they may not reach during their visit - eg the stream source and the watershed
  • Provide context for their results and analysis when back in the classroom
  • Refresh their memories when revising for exams several months later.

Note that unlike Google Expeditions this is a fully realised landscape, 2km x 2km, and you can walk and fly anywhere in it - you are not constrained to the views from 3 or 4 chosen "photosphere" locations within the valley.

You can download the application from the Play Store now - just search for "fieldscapes" or "fieldscapesVR"

You can read about how to use the app on the Daden Wiki.

Discussions about the app, and support, will be provided through our Daden Forum.

We'll also be posting updates to the project Facebook page.

So download, buy a Cardboard and enjoy. And we'd love to hear how you get on.

P.S. iOS version due in May.

P.P.S. We are also doing our own Google Expeditions style Photosphere app of the valley so that you can compare the strengths and weaknesses of each approach - which should be considered as complementary (and we have an infographic on that coming soon).