From Snow Crash to Futurama, the idea that VR will allow people to interact with the internet as a multi-dimensional space has long been a trope of science fiction.
Now Janus VR are making that trope a reality.
The Toronto-based company, which bills itself as an immersive and collaborative internet browser, reimagines webpages as multi-dimensional portals. This pages are linked together by portals and allow users to experience webpages as VR content.
This means that users walk or fly through their favourite webpages, complete with 3D models, animations, spatial audio-video and data visualisations.
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A growing user-developer community
Janus VR is a suite of free, downloadable programmes that make it simple for users to create and share their own VR experiences based on their favourite webpages.
The company has a growing community of user-developers that have so far built thousands of webspaces. These experiences are built and edited using Janus VR itself.
“Internet content has moved well beyond traditional text, image and video,” says Janus VR co-creator Karan Singh.
Users enter Janus VR through a private homepage called the pocketspace. This dashboard allows them to access all of the developer created content. Users inhabiting the same space can interact with each other and can broadcast their activities on the web.
A powerful experience in its own right and an astonishing glimpse into the future, Janus VR is available for both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift through Steam.