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Sketchfab Launches ‘VR Button’ for Viewing 3D Models With Cardboard

Yesterday VRFocus reported on the news that a doctor had used the Google Cardboard mobile-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) together with the Sketchfab 3D model viewing platform to plan an operation that saved the life of a four-month old baby. Off the back of that news, Sketchfab itself is today launching a ‘VR Button’ which allows any user to very quickly click and view any of the site’s content in VR on a mobile device. A video of the new feature in action can be seen below.

The company announced the launch of this new feature in a blog post that contains an example of how users can quickly immerse themselves in a new environment or view any kind of 3D model in a new way using the DIY HMD. “Sketchfab at its core is essentially “just” a virtual cube, or 3D scene, in which you can put anything that has 3 dimensions, and share this scene to the world leveraging the power of the web,” the post reads. “You can navigate within the scene with your mouse directly on any web page, but with VR it means you can actually put yourself right inside the scene, and walk in it.

“This is really awesome, but when you think about it it is also very natural. VR is getting so much attention these days simply because we live in a 3D world, and it’s a natural evolution to be able to experience things virtually the way we already experience real life. Today, the technology is finally getting closer to living up to that hope.

The company plans to bring this support to all VR platforms in the future, next targeting Oculus VR. That could mean with the Gear VR or Oculus Rift at this point, though both are likely to get support in the future either way. “We have two goals,” the post concluded. “One is to provide the easiest way for anyone making 3D content to publish it in VR; the second is to provide a huge interactive library of content for all the VR headset owners out there to explore. Get started today and stay tuned as we progress in the VR world!”

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