Get Started In Smartphone Virtual Reality With These Apps

Get Started In Smartphone Virtual Reality With These Apps

The key to virtual reality’s growing popularity is ‘presence.’ Regardless of actual location, it’s the sense of being immersed in time and space achieved by an ingenious fusion of animation, video, still images, and interactivity via a head-mounted display that make for an enthralling user experience.

In order to give virtual reality a try, you don’t need to spend thousands on an expensive headset. Now, your iPhone or Android handset can become a virtual reality device in its own way, particularly when you pair it up with the Google Cardboard headset. This headset works with both iOS and Android and uses your phone as its screen.

With this in mind, here are some of the best apps to experience VR on your smartphone.

1. Orbulus (iOS/Android)

When it comes to the Orbulus, it is one of the most realistic apps to experience virtual reality. It’s an image gallery that gives the user a new viewpoint on real-world places that can’t be visited physically.


Orbulus uses Google’s Photo Sphere technology to create images from renowned tourist spots all over the globe.

2. Vrse (iOS/Android)

If you’re a non-gamer and you want to see virtual reality as an information or news source, then Vrse is for you. Presented in a 360-degree video, this app allows you to tap into a gamut of topical, political, or cultural content curated from sources such as UN, NBC, and The New York Times.

You can watch it either on your phone or in VR via a headset, or in a browser.

3. Jaunt VR (iOS/Android)

Are you ready to experience storytelling via cinematic virtual reality? This app is similar to the Vrse in terms of serious short films and entertaining videos. It uses stereoscopic 3D images (360 degrees) with directional audio for matchless productions.


Through this app, you can check out live performances by artists including Paul McCartney and Jack White, view news channels, and much more.

4. Seene (iOS/Android)

Seene allows you to capture your own photos, then view them in a 360-degree format. You can also use Google’s cardboard camera app instead of your phone camera.

This app offers an interesting feature to its users by allowing them to share 360-degree pictures worldwide. It’s fast and easy-to-use, along with ample inspiration and support from its community.

5. Discovery VR (iOS/Android)

The Discovery Channel drives a thirty-year-old venture into the future. Now you can view Discovery VR’s 360-degree videos on your desktop PCs right away.


And if you want to have an immersive experience, just download the app for your Android or iOS device to work with your headset.

6. Incell VR (iOS/Android)

When it comes to the Incell VR, it’s a half-educational and half-gaming app. It basically revolves around an idea of recreating human cells with the twist that you are flying from them. While, on the other hand, the game section includes racing in a multi-colored environment overrunning a virus wave.

It’s an influential game and you’ll also gain much knowledge along with the fun.

7. New York Times VR (iOS/Android)

The NYT’s content is somewhat similar to the Guardian and companies like RYOT and Vrse. Or you can also say that the NYT is experimenting with virtual reality for everyone in a news format.


This app acts as a platform for displaying virtual reality reports, which take you from the depths of the sea to the surface of Mars using the spire of One World Trade Center.

You can also tap to remove the video from the gallery after watching it, and this app lets you watch the videos without the headset either in the browser or on the smartphone.


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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals



    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.



      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.


      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.



          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.


            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.


            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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