As part of the WatSan.eu reboot we are experimenting with various knowledge management tools. One interesting new technology is VR (Virtual Reality). With a relatively cheap mobile phone and a so called "Google Cardboard" or similar headset, you can view three dimensional 360° photos and videos. It is also possible to create interactive 3D content that lets you explore a virtual space.
This could potentially be really interesting for training videos or awareness rising (see an example: http://aftershock.wateraid.org/ ).
These days you can find plenty of VR videos on YouTube and also various other VR content sharing platforms. A very interesting new project is the Open Source content management system IdeaSpaceVR: https://www.ideaspacevr.org/ . It allows interactive 3D and 360° pictures and videos to be easily hosted on a website.
As an experiment you can find our own instance here: https://vr.watsan.eu
However as you can see, we are still lacking suitable content for it. Help is appreciated
Besides purchasing expensive professional VR image and video capturing equipment, Google has released a Android App called "Cardboard Camera" that allows taking static VR images (with audio):
(use this service to convert them into usable panoramic images: https://storage.googleapis.com/cardboard-camera-converter/index.html )
Alternatively some newer Android phones also have "Photo Sphere" mode in the regular Google Camera, which allows making full 360 (non stereoscopic) images of high quality.
So if you have a smartphone, there is nothing stopping you from taking interesting VR footage! Feel free to upload examples to our cloudspace ( https://files.watsan.eu ) and share them here.
But I am also looking forward to this interesting & relatively cheap new VR camera by Lenovo: