ThingLink 360 images and videos can be viewed in VR mode. This article provides an overview of controls, limitations and certain specifics of creating and viewing ThingLink in VR:
Are you using ClassVR headsets? Please see this article to learn about our special integration.
What tag content works in VR?
- Audio recordings
- Text labels
- Tour transitions
- Videos uploaded into text & media tags
General limitations for viewing rich media content in VR
Note that as VR functionality is still in active development. As a result, there are certain limitations that should be kept in mind when preparing content for VR:
- Clicking web links in image & text tags is not supported in VR mode.
- Tags with embedded content from the web (including embeds from ThingLink) are not supported.
- External videos (e.g. YouTube) are not supported.
- Text label tags may display fewer characters than they do in normal mode.
- Animated pictures (GIFs and aPNGs) won't be animated.
We recommend using Google Chrome for previewing VR content on your computer.
ThingLink VR mode is built using WebVR technology. As a result, ThingLink should be compatible with all 3 DoF and 6 DoF VR headsets that are compatible with WebVR technology. You can check whether your headset is compatible with WebVR at https://webvr.info or on the manufacturer’s website.
We’ve tested and confirmed ThingLink’s functionality on the following models:
- Oculus Go
- Oculus Quest
- Oculus Rift
- Samsung Gear VR
- HMD Odyssey (Windows Mixed Reality Headset)
- Google Cardboard with any modern Android or iOS smartphone
- ClassVR (Learn more in this article)
How to view ThingLink in VR
Opening ThingLink in VR:
- Copy the ThingLink scene URL
- Shorten it using https://bitly.com or any similar service
- Open default browser on the device (e.g. Oculus browser, Mixed Reality browser)
- Type in the shortened address in the address bar
- Click on the glasses shape icon on the bottom right to enter VR:
Note that you can share a link directly to the VR mode.
Viewing without a controller:
- Move your head to change the view direction
- Look at a hotspot or UI element for 1.5 seconds to activate it. Your current point of view is indicated by a white dot in the middle of the screen.
Viewing with a controller:
- Move your head or use the stick to change the view direction
- Point your controller at a tag or UI element and click the trigger button to activate it
Please note that at the moment not all controllers may be supported.
- Point at the ‘Close tag’ button to close a tag
- If there are multiple images/videos in a tag, you can scroll through them using the left and right arrow buttons
- Use the 'Up' and 'Down' buttons to scroll through long description text
- Use the 'Pause'/'Play' button to control tag videos
- Look down to show the player menu:
- Use the 'Exit VR' button in the player menu to exit the VR experience.
- Use the 'Back' button in the player menu if you are stuck in your tour
- Use the 'Mute/Unmute' buttons to mute or unmute the background audio
Viewing ThingLink VR from your phone
While it is possible to view ThingLink VR from a phone, you would still need a headset similar to Google Cardboard.
If you are having trouble viewing VR from your phone, please make sure that you’ve enabled accelerometer for your iOS device (iOS 12.2-12.4) & WebVR for Android. Older devices may be unable to load VR mode due to lack of processing power.