Google Expeditions to expand locations with help of new partners

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Last year Google launched their Expeditions Pioneer Program that uses virtual reality technology for education purposes. The program is an example of how virtual reality may extend into areas outside of gaming and entertainment. Google’s announcement at Google I/O 2016 indicates the Associated Press and Getty Images will partner with Google to provide new content for the program.

Currently the Expeditions Pioneer Program includes over 200 locations that can be explored using virtual reality devices like Cardboard. The program has been successful to the tune of over one million students in at least eleven countries making use of the platform. Some of the locations that students can visit include Buckingham Palace, Burj Khalifa, or the Great Barrier Reef.

As part of the new partnership with the AP and Getty, Google’s developers indicate they plan to pull in high-resolution VR images related to current events. This will be an expansion beyond static locations and should be a big step up for the usefulness of the program.

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source: Google Developers


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