Process of Building First VR Space

Why do I make VR space?

  • Easier to create and build space (than in real life)
  • Allow people to experience and feel connected in the VR space
  • Accessible anywhere (you can join with a headset or on a browser)
Final output

Process

  1. Set a concept and mood board ✅
  2. Make a mockup ✅ Build modelling in 3D software ✅
  3. Export and explore the new space ✅

1. Mood board


So, after attending the conferences, I feel like I got more ideas about AR/VR/XR. I’m going to do the simple task of building a series of VR spaces.

Learning how to use Spoke

This is a great intro video about Mozilla Hubs
An easy to follow tutorial to build something simple on Spoke

I followed the video and managed to publish my first scene on Hub using pre-built models. Check it out : https://hubs.mozilla.com/t2dKuFz/island/


Searching about VR AR and found this summit a few days before it starts — what great timing. I joined from their 2nd day. I used to go to see design conferences a lot when I was in London. Travelling to other European cities like Barcelona and Berlin. It was my first time attending a conference online. There were lots of interesting talks and information.

My takeaways and resource links below:

1. How brands are using AR/VR

The Bang & Olufsen AR experience


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On my first days, I learned how to navigate, use controllers with simple interactions. I got familiar with the new interaction and in the VR space pretty quickly. I think the Oculus headsets become so much affordable and better with the resolution and interaction design. The first intro guide experience was very user-friendly and easy to follow.

I didn’t discover many things to do on my first day of trying the Oculus headset. …


Free tools for 3D modelling

  1. Sketchfab (sketchfab.com)

2. Block (https://arvr.google.com/blocks/)

3. Spoke (https://hubs.mozilla.com/spoke): Software that is a simpler version of Unity. Hub is where I can create a link to the room/scene I create.

4. Unity (https://unity.com/)

5. Cinema 4D (not free)

I found a few modelling online and modify to test by putting them on the hub. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoKuRH7-JhE <- how to bring C4D to Spoke

3D modelling resource

Inspirations:

https://trendland.com/digital-surrealists-3d-artists-creating-dreamlike-spaces/

https://www.instagram.com/hsiaoroncheng/?hl=en


I learned 3D max in university also went to learn C4D but never got to use much other than simple modelling. So my knowledge is intermediate level.

Where can I start to make modelling for VR? I had Unity installed a couple of years ago but this was my first time using it. Building something Unity wasn’t intuitive for me, but I managed to build something simple and exported and be in the model with the Oculus. — success!

‘How can I screen capture to share what I saw?’

I found this tutorial explaining start to the end — how to install Unity, start modelling and final step to export to experience in VR.

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WE-AR studio

WE-AR is a creative studio making wearable AR lens and VR space. The blog is written by the founder, Lena as she explores. Stay tuned https://we-ar.io/

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