Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SearchResearch Challenge (1/11/17): Finding immersive experiences

Getting immersed in your topic is usually a great idea... 

... and in the past couple of years, a number of different technologies have emerged that let you record and view 360-degree "immersive" videos.  Here's a nice example from David Hsieh:  

This is just one of many examples of immersive imagery. 

But you can imagine where my interest lies--how do you search for these things?  

Today's SearchResearch Challenges: 

1.  How DO you find immersive online experiences?  (I've mentioned videos as one way to be immersed.  Are there other ways to get that experience?)  
2.  How can you find immersive experiences by location?  For instance, can you find all of the immersives that are near the Wat Chedi Luang temple in Thailand, especially ones that show the famous reclining Buddha?  For instance, can you also find an immersive that shows you the view from the mountain peak that's about 5 miles (8 km) to the west of the temple?   
Reclining Buddha at Wat Chedi Luang temple, Thailand.

Most importantly for this week--say HOW you found the immersive experiences.  What search terms did you use?  And if you learn any new concepts about immersive experiences, let us know what terms / concepts you now know.  

(Keep in mind we're not looking for holodecks, but immersive experiences that you could plausibly have at home or in the office.)  

Search on... immersively! 


  1. Good day, Dr. Russell and everyone.

    [ Define immersive experiences] Virtual Reality

    Immersive experiences stimulate our senses—they draw us in, transport us to another place, and keep us in the moment

    Good results for example:

    What do we mean when we call a game 'immersive'?

    What makes an immersive Virtual Reality experience believable? 5 Totally Immersive Virtual Reality Experiences And links to

    What is Virtual Reality? and examples

    Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment...By simulating as many senses as possible, such as vision, hearing, touch, even smell, the computer is transformed into a gatekeeper to this artificial world.

    In tablet (and not in desktop) found with this query: Rocky Mountain VR I don't have Google Cardboard. But even watching with VR functions looks and hears incredible

    We also have options to watch 360 videos in YouTube and here for example

    What is Virtual Reality? Site gives data about how is good for teaching and mentions: "Virtual applications like labster" and Samsung's VR Library.

    With this information remembered what RR Fred posted recently

    [what are google expeditions]

    Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space!

    [Google expeditions]

    Start exploring

    [list of google expeditions]

    Here is a list of the expeditions

    [immersive experience without video] [immersive experience requirements]

    [Labster app]

    [Samsung VR library]

    At the moment only immersive / VR options found are for mobile. But in YouTube we have options to search for 360 video

    [[Wat Chedi Luang VR] [wat chedi luang reclining Buddha virtual reality]

    Chiang Mai Temple (old city) Thailand VR / 360

    1. Search terms used: Virtual Reality, VR, Google Cardboard

      [how to find virtual reality videos] [360 videos for vr] Google Suggested [ vr videos for Google cardboard]

      Also available 360 Photos

      [Thailand Buddha virtual reality]

      Experience Ayautthaya Historical Temples in Virtual Reality

      [best sites for vr videos]

      Site mentions some options like YouTube and jauntvr. Also,

      Samsung VR from different sources For example Tibetan Temple from CNN

      Or Grand Canyon

    2. I tried yesterday Google Expeditions and I found out that I can't do them alone. I need to connect with someone else. Of course, Expeditions were created for teaching so it is logical that more people is needed.

      [Immersive videos]

      360 VIDEO & VR - IMMERSIVE NEWS Links to YouTube Channel VR Immersive Journalism

      Why immersive video is the new digital marketing reality Virtual Reality activities that interest smartphone users worldwide 2015

      [immersive videos sites]

      GoPro Provides Search function

    3. Good Morning and week, Dr. Russell and everyone.

      For this Challenge, tried to find a tool or a site to find the immersive experiences. Found some very good, but not the ones Dr. Russell asked for.

      Then I tried [] didn't work to get results that we need.

      It was great to find VR and how is helping in Medicine, Science, Engineering and also for meditation.

      I am looking forward to read Dr. Russell's answer

  2. Anne and Deb here - one immersive experience that is very useful for schools and teachers is the virtual field trip. That sounds like it would meet the definition of an immersive experience. To find virtual field trips we did a search in Google for many results came up. These results could be limited by subject area.
    Another common school experience is to do an author visit. These can now be done using Facetime or Skype.
    Virtual reality is another concept that comes to mind. We haven't used it at all in our library but know of librarians who have set up a "virtual world" and then have the students interact in that platform.
    To answer the second question we thought that Google Earth would provide the answer so we went to google advanced search and limited our results to KMZ files which are Google earth files. We think you can also use KML files which are also Google Earth. We started out just searching for Wat Chedi Luang and did find tours of the temple. We tried searching for the reclining buddha this way but it didn't work so instead did as search in Google Earth for the reclining Buddha and we did find a result but wasn't what we considered immersive - was more of a place marker. We'll continue to look and see if we can find out more.