Space Virtual Reality: VR Apps for Kids and Adults
National Astronaut Day is coming, and on the eve of the holiday, we invite you to virtual travels with the help of Android-smartphones and virtual reality headset.
Cosmos and is one of the main themes lately, and we will try to do our bit as we can. Although, in USA National Astronaut Day is celebrated on May 5th and there is still some time before it, we decided to collect a small “kids” collection of VR-applications, and in passing we will tell you what kinds of space toys chilren like. In hope that somebody will find it useful.
Unfortunately, some time ago it became a problem to get any set with astronauts. All online kids shops were filled with Star Wars.
There was also an assortment of construction toys, but they are not always suitable for every age. Simply put, getting a set of rockets and astronauts, for example, might have caused you some troubles.
But nowadays there is all different kinds of space related toys and games. It may also be related to recent popularization of this theme in media. Anyways, you can find all the different kinds of them on Amazon if you try hard enough.
Not bad, but it’s a schematic educational application. It is controlled depending on the selected mode either manually or by head turns (in the “autopilot” mode). A small space journey allows you to see the planets of the solar system.
As you approach each of them, you get a brief reference information. All is drawn quite schematically, but the silhouettes are very recognizable. In order to create the effect of presence, the user sees his virtual hands and feet.
A poorly drawn application that is more suitable for relaxation than for getting any information. Accompanied by soporific music …
The task of the user to look around and observe outer space, and different bodies flying at you. Everything happens very calmly. No dynamics. In the screenshots, everything is not very bright, but in the glasses – it is distinguishable.
VR Solar System
Journey through the solar system. Just stay in space and watch the planets, as they swim past you. Very good detailing, all objects are recognizable, and, perhaps, the only thing that is out of place is advertising = (.The cosmonaut himself is not visible, so there is no point to move your arms and legs.
Dynamic music with a claim to soundtreck for a blockbuster. Everything will move on you: just try to turn your head in time. At the same time, the quality of the drawings is very approximate, but this is one of the most dynamic space applications.
Solar System – Space Museum
Educational application, which requires a controller. Otherwise, if you want to listen to information about a particular planet, you have to remove the smartphone from the headset and click with your finger. Average. It works, however, in several modes, not only VR.
This application is of a lesson-style. On the screen, there are objects of the solar system that are slowly beeing changed, which is accompanied by comments. Drawing is not so good.
A home planetarium is one of the simplest and most accessible devices, however, a child can not always manage with it independently. You can get a “classic”, in the form of a ball, also there is a “Planetarium-Flashlight” with disks. The latter is easily turned on and off and allows the child to “control” the cosmos independently.
Among the “virtual” planetariums, we carefully reviewed these:
Visually a well-designed map of the starry sky, a kind of virtual home planetarium. When you hover over a constellation, it turns into a figure in honor of which it is named, and when you point to a star, a small commentary is given. Actually, it is very cool!
Excellent application that is a metaphor for a child’s dream of the cosmos. Decorated in the form of a children’s room, where there are several active elements: point to the cardboard “space ship” and it will start transforming. Each planet is also active and objects can be viewed from all sides. This app is developed and offered by Kennedy Space Center.
An extremely primitive application. Allows you to memorize a schematic image of the constellations, for example, in order to unmistakably recognize them in the school atlas later. Lots of advertising!
The telescope is the most obvious device, that every person who is interested in stars should have at home.
This app has everything for you to learn all the different constellations, stars and planets. It is professionally made, and the image you see on the screen is actual correlation to where you point the smartphone at the sky. There are different modes and adjustable characteristics available.
Walk on the red planet. A little red dot on the screen, which serves as an indicator of where you are going, slightly distracts. No action is provided, but you can walk almost everywhere. It is noteworthy: you can even walk while sitting on a chair, that is, the child will not hit the corner. You can watch anywhere while moving. Also, it should be added that the application is not very “fast”.
By analogy with the “Journey through Mars” a game from the same creators. The red dot, which was a little distraction there, was replaced by a blue one. The user goes into outer space and becomes an observer of celestial bodies that are flying by. Kind of an effect of presence in a quiet cosmic cartoon.
VR Moon Walk 3D
Like other applications in this series, this one is accompanied by a dot. There is also no need to make additional movements: you are already moving. As a result, you get not bad, slightly slow walk, accompanied by an “illusion” of heavy breathing in the spacesuit.
However, when there are more than one kid, dividing the telescope’s is complicated. Carson accessory pretty much helps with this.
Everybody can explore sky at the same time, plus you can take pictures and videos.
After watching through the telescope, having played enough with his toys, every boy, of course, will want to become an astronaut. A few simple simulators – to help.
The application allows you to become an observer of the space mission and satellite launch. By yourself you can’t really do anything: the entire script is subject to a certain algorithm, and you can look at what is happening only from the given angles. With an average detailization it will be able to impress the child. It looks quite impressive, but with the comments of a knowledgeable parent it will be great.
VR Space for Cardboard
A fairly primitive way to feel like an astronaut. The application assumes that the user himself walks and studies the map, and this may not be very safe at home environment. However, as in any other: on the street too, unless under the supervision of adults. Plus it’s pretty dark.
VR Solar System Roller Coaster
The analogue of the famous Fibrum trolley: it is suggested to go slowly along the space rails surrounded by celestial bodies. Just for one play. But very cute.
Several different “Missions”. You can visit the schematically drawn ISS, as well as go into outer space and wander around the ship. Everything happens slowly and allows you to see all the details.
Well, our story comes to an end. We do not claim the exhaustive nature of the app collection, if only because of the material reviewed, much has been removed due to poor quality. Also not included games on the space theme, all kinds of shooters. If you think that we missed something important, please add your suggestions to the comments!
And in the final one more:
A short visualization of how our planet looks in space. Nearby there is a little time to see the ship, and then the frame is suddenly replaced by the appearance of the falling asteroids.
How to use
All applications are universal: you can watch them in any virtual reality headset that fits the diagonal of your smartphone. Will it launch or not – is a question of the characteristics of the device.
- Recently we published a large collection of VR headsets for mobile, where we tried to describe the advantages and disadvantages of such simple models.
- Also, even more articles about VR and AR can be found on our website.
Happy National Astronaut Day!