» 7 of the best virtual reality apps for your smartphone

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views: 178 publish: September 07, 2016

Everyone should try virtual reality, and thanks to Google Cardboard, nearly everyone can. All you need is a smartphone and one of the many Cardboard headsets available. Funny enough, some of them are actually made of cardboard, while others take on a more familiar modeling of a VR headset. But, they all share a few common traits of being affordable and easy to use.

Within(Virtual Reality)

A growing number of documentary-makers are excited about VR’s potential to make us feel their movies. Vrse is an excellent place to start: it has music videos and fun shorts, but also more serious videos exploring our world.

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Star Wars

Much of what this app has to offer has little to do with VR, but there’s some fun to be had for die-hard Star Wars fans. After clicking on the “Jakku Spy” Cardboard setting, there are nine different snippets of video that you can watch, complete with full-on production value and familiar sound effects.

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Sisters

I can’t say much about Sisters without spoiling the plot, but this is an early – and frankly terrifying – glimpse at what virtual reality might be able to bring to the horror genre. It’s a short, scary experience that hints at plenty of potential. Just don’t play it late at night on your own.

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RoboLab VR : Science Fiction

Do you want to have a walk in a robotic laboratory? Want to see robots moving in VR?
Here comes a special RoboLab Tour for you… experience yourself walking in a RoboLab… in this virtual reality treat … using VR Glasses such as 4DUD, Google Cardboard etc.

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Orbulus, for Cardboard VR

Orbulus is evidence that one of the more convincing applications for VR is to give us a new perspective on real-world places we can’t visit in person. It’s a gallery of images created using Google’s Photo Sphere technology from some of the most famous tourist hotspots (and lesser-known scenes) across the world.

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Fulldive VR

Fulldive gives you a VR-view of all of your content, including the photos and videos stored on your phone. It’s an awesome, new way to look at your stuff.

Additionally, you can browse YouTube and surf the web right from the app. Many apps can do what Fulldive does in piecemeal, but why not opt for the app that can do it all?

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Voxel Fly VR

Probably the best-looking title on this list, Voxel Fly VR blends the striking, colorful aesthetic of Mirror’s Edge with a futuristic take on Frogger. The only difference being that you’re placed into a cockpit of a ship and facing a fleet of flying cars head-on. Have fun!

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This is just skimming the surface of mobile VR in 2016, though: there are dozens more excellent apps to try. Which ones have impressed you most that aren’t mentioned here? The comments section is open for your recommendations.