- last week’s Google I/O, Google’s official developer conference, Google announced new features in their 3D and video platforms that, while targeted towards the entertainment industry and field of education, have the potential to improve healthcare and medical education.
Expeditions is a new feature that allows students to view virtual reality panoramas — 360º photo spheres, 3D images and video, combined with sounds — that are led by a teacher who can point out details, points of interest, and other annotations in such content.
This content is viewed through Google Cardboard, a unit that holds your smartphone, and now supports both iPhone and Android operating systems. Google Cardboard allows users to view Google Cardboard-powered virtual reality (VR) apps, movies, and virtual environments in 3D with your smartphone display. At I/O, Google announced support for larger phones with screens up to 6 inches, and a new action button.