With virtual reality set to become the next big thing, we’re sure a lot of developers are looking to get in on it. However the cost of developing for virtual reality can be expensive because the equipment, like the virtual reality headset and computer needed to power the headset, do not come cheap.
The good news is that the folks at Oculus seem to understand that right now trying to spread the VR word is more important than trying to make a quick buck, which is why they have recently launched a new initiative called “VR for Good”. The idea is that the company will help provide students and nonprofit organizations access to the tools they need to make VR content.
The initiative is two-fold: the first part is that they will help rising filmmakers create 360-degree video content and will provide training at the Facebook HQ. They will also be given access to Nokia OZO cameras to help with production, and these videos are also expected to debut at Sundance next year where they will gain more exposure.
The next part is helping students where Oculus will team up with 9 high schools in San Francisco and will work with pro filmmakers to capture 360-degree videos of their community. Students will have access to VR tools like the Samsung Gear VR, Galaxy S6, and the Ricoh Theta S 360 cameras. This is a 6-week program in which at the end, you will be able to check out the finished work on Facebook and Oculus Videos when it is all said and done.