Based on our needs, Flix Films chose the Google Daydream VR platform, and Google Pixel XL handsets in 2016. Although the Daydream platform is still developing, it offered one of the highest standards of visual definition, the headset is light and durable and most importantly the Eye Piece is removable and can be machine washed to ensure cleanliness each time we use the headset. Coupled with the super-fast Pixel units with their large, crisp screens, we could be sure of delivering the best possible user experience, and have a reasonable expectation that the equipment will remain useful for more than a year or two.

There are many options to show VR on a mobile phone devise which can be picked up from most retail shops, starting for as little as £15. These devises require a smartphone to be slotted into the goggles. The quality is usually poor and they can be a bit uncomfortable but they are not a bad starting point if you have limited funds and want to familiarise yourself with VR for the first time.

For more information on the why we chose the Google Daydream and the other healthcare related work we have been involved in please visit: http://www.flixfilms.com/vr-servicesvr-equipment/ http://www.flixfilms.com/services-flix-films/

The latest tether-less VR goggles on the market are called the Oculas Go, these goggles are great because they have the screen (what would be the smartphone devise slotted in) built into the devise. Basically everything you need is together and the costs are much more reasonable (£195 for 32gb). What we would say though is (if you can) purchase the 64 gig Oculus Go headset as opposed to the 32 gig, the extra 32 gig storage is worth the extra £50 and will give you the opportunity to upload more content to the devise. The Oculas Go can be purchased from Argos.

We’ve shared here some information on what we’re doing and what we’re using, but our recommendation is that the only way to know what VR technology may be right for you is to clearly identify your needs and your budget, and access as much current research as you can to find the right fit.

RESPONSIBLE VR:
One of the key things I would say is that there hasn’t been a lot of research done into the use of VR in healthcare so if you are using it for this purpose we would gently ask that you sample each experience before offering it and use your best judgement on whether that experience/experiences are suitable. Through the research we are doing with Royal Trinity Hospice our goal is to understand what makes good Virtual Reality but also how we can make it safer for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

VR CONTENT:
Some of the experiences we are using in Healthcare are freely available via YouTube and can be accessed via our VR playlists below:

Introductory VR – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNBJKvg76RgZ3d6ic24Kae7Ybi0UqP29m

Travel – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNBJKvg76Rgacq-vqs-giWXKsLm-R9zGD

Sports – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNBJKvg76RgZsbyvMc_6esIdLQ5HVe7Ag

Nature – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNBJKvg76RgZjwOE5SWVW7ZHoNXziZJsO

Our goal moving forward is to be able to create our own content based on the research and experience gained using VR in this important area of healthcare.

Top 10 VR Apps for iPhone/Android (Dependent of age of devise and up to date operating system)
  • YouTube: Android / iOS (Free) This is primarily known for being keen on 360-degree videos including virtual reality. …
  • Google Cardboard: Android / iOS. …
  • VRSE Android / iOS (Free) …
  • NYT VR Android / iOS (Free) …
  • Orbulus Android / iOS (Free) …
  • Seene. …
  • Jaunt VR Android / iOS (Free) …
  • Incell VR Android / iOS (Free)