The Hurd Library VR Tour

VR Tour

An interactive Virtual Reality Experience

Several years ago, we created the World’s first stereoscopic 3D tour. Now, in 2016 we’ve used the same images taken for the original project to update the tour, making it a VR Tour experience.

The project allows you to explore the beautiful and historic Hurd Library, which is located in the grounds of Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire.

The tour is compatible with most VR headsets, including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard.

If you’re looking to dip your toe into the waters of virtual reality, we recommend the Sinecon headset, which you can get delivered for about £15. Like Google Cardboard, it requires that you have a modern smartphone, but unlike cardboard, it has several adjustable components and a headset for a more tailored VR experience.

The Old 3D Tour

The original 3D tour we created had several aspects that didn’t stand the test of time.

  • It required Adobe Flash.
  • It wouldn’t run on Apple mobile devices.
  • It required red/cyan 3D glasses.
  • It wasn’t mobile responsive.

The Hurd Library VR Tour

The new virtual reality experience has many advantages over its predecessor.

  • It uses JavaScript instead of Adobe Flash.
  • It’s mobile responsive.
  • It works on all modern smartphones.
  • It works with high-end VR systems, such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
  • The Hurd Library VR tour is more immersive.

Unlike its predecessor, which was just in 2D or 3D, the new Hurd Library VR tour allows you to look around as if you were really there, making it a far more immersive experience.

This was our first foray into the world of VR, and it’s apparent that this emerging technology has enormous potential throughout a variety of industries, including the web.

Will Carey

About the Author

Will Carey is the founder of The Big Dot Company and Creative Chair. He started experimenting with digital design in the 90’s, turning it into a business after obtaining a degree in graphic design in 2012.