The KCdigiSTORY Center offered several hands-on experiences in their booth at Kansas City’s Maker Faire on June 27 & 28. Many enjoyed working with the stop-motion animation resources. Others enjoyed new 3D VR apps available for their devices. Below is a list of some of the more interesting stop-motion animation and new apps. Included is a list of 3D VR apps that can be used with Google Cardboard viewers.
Stop-Motion & Animation
Zu3D Stop Motion Animation
This software has all of the features of HUE Animation, but it has the added feature of having full green screen capability. If the objects are photographed with a green screen background, Zu3D allows you to replace the green background with whatever photo, video or scanned artwork you want to use.
Single user license for Windows or Mac: $54.60
Single user for iPad: (price not given)
HUE Animation (also called MyCreate)
This software has all of the features most amateur stop-motion artists need except for green screen capability.
Single user license for Windows or Mac: $19.99
Single user for iPad (Brand name for this is MyCreate):
A free coding program that makes animating characters and objects easy while learning the basic elements of coding.
3D Virtual Reality Resources
Google Story Spheres
360 VR sites and scenes that have zones that activate with voice over narration, music and/or sound effects.
Google Photo Sphere
A Google app that guides you and your smart phone through the process of taking a 360 degree photo of a scene, room or setting. The software in the app automatically stitches your progressive photos into a seamless 3D interactive photo.
Template for Making Your Own Google Cardboard
YouTube Tutorial on Assembling Your Google Cardboard
3D VR Apps
|Rating||Name of App||Vendor||Price||Devices|
|★★★★||Visions of California||Jaunt, Inc.*||Free||iPhone|
|★★★★||Paul McCartney||Jaunt, Inc.||Free||iPhone & Android|
|★★★★★||The North Face||Jaunt, Inc.||Free||Android|
|★★★★||Jack White: THIRD||Jaunt, Inc.||Free|
|★★★||Other Space||Jaunt, Inc.||Free|
|★★★★||Revolt: Big Sean, Blessing||Jaunt, Inc.||Free|
|★★★★||Kaiju Fury: Sundance||Jaunt, Inc.||Free|
|★★★★||Google Cardboard||Google Cardboard||Free||iPhone & Android|
|★★★★||Roller Coaster VR||Fibrum||Free||iPhone|
|★★★★★||Orbulus for Cardboard VR||VRCraftworks, Ltd.||Free||iPhone|
|★★★★||Zombie Shooter VR||Fibrum||Free||iPhone|
|★★★||Dive City Roller Coaster||Durovis||Free||iPhone|
|★★★★||Jet Sprint||FabulousPixel||Free||Android (Samsung)|
|★★★★||Tuscany Drive||FabulousPixel||Free||Android (Samsung)|
|★★★★||3D Virtual Reality FPS-Demo||Unity Asset||Free||Android|
|★★★★||Insurgent VR||Lions Gate Films||Free||iPhone|
|★★★★||Insidious VR||Focus Features**||Free||iPhone|
|★★★★||Walking New York||VRSE||Free||iPhone & Android|
|★★★★★||Evolution of Verse||VRSE||Free||iPhone & Android|
|★★★★||Clouds Over Sidra||VRSE||Free||iPhone & Android|
Many of the above apps can be downloaded directly from Google Cardboard. *Download Jaunt Player for Jaunt 3D VR apps
**May not be appropriate for young children