360 video offers a spherical view of the world. During playback the viewer has control of the viewing direction.
Virtual Reality (VR) places the user inside an experience, which can be viewed using a headset. The cheaper headsets include Google Cardboard, Google Daydream and Samsung Gear. The expensive ones are Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Augmented Reality (AR) is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Unlike VR, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it.
Apps to try out:
WITHIN – VR
NYT VR – New York Times
BBC Taster VR
I have been involved in creating a VR experience for Studio Directing. You can come along to the BBC’s Blue Room at The Mailbox in Birmingham, and try it out on the Oculus Rift, or try the online version: http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/en/articles/art20170925155112061
Then there is Mixed Reality (MR) which we’ll cover in another blog post.