Immersive Dimension

A 360°-video can be consumed through multiple devices leading to different dimensions of  immersive experiences. A virtual reality (VR) headset may transport you to a location you cannot reach otherwise and will provide a highly immersive experience, however a flat screen can also be used to watch a 360°-video with a lower immersive dimension.

Virtual Reality (VR) Headset

A virtual reality headset (VR headset) may also be called a head-mounted display (HMD). There are different types of HMDs. Some operate with cables connected to the PC others already offer wireless transmission of data to the PC. With some headsets you can additionally use base stations to achieve better tracking inside a room. Also, there are wireless headset which need no connection to a PC.

With the current version of Vivista only cable based headsets are supported.

Example: Oculus Rift S, Oculus Quest 2, HTC Vive Cosmos

Mobile Device

The immersive dimension provided through a mobile device is lower compared to a VR headset. There are different ways to achieve immersion, either through using a cardboard or a simple mounting device which holds your mobile device and maybe connects to the headphone jack. Apart from using a mounting device one can also simply utilize the gyrometer in the smartphone to simulate a hand held point of view and direction.

Example: Mobile Device, Mobile Device with cardboard / mounting device

Flat Screen

The most simply form of using a 360°-video is to use no immersive dimension and simply watch the video via a flat screen. In this case everything has been designed for use in a two dimensional video-based context without the need for immersion. All features of dragging and dropping or clicking on interaction points are still usable, however no movement of the device is needed. This can be achieved by using a regular computer with flat screen and a player supporting 360°-video projection or with the Vivista 360°-Player.

Example: Laptop, PC