menu

Walk Through The Web With A Virtual Reality Browser [Video]

Walk Through The Web With A Virtual Reality Browser [Video]
technology

FireBox is the first browser to put you inside the Internet.

Rachel Pincus
  • 25 march 2014

Let’s face it: the ‘page’ metaphor to describe the web has become dated since it emerged in the 1990’s. The internet has become a vastly more interesting and all-enveloping space, changing more about our external lives than a book ever could. James McCrae‘s new Oculus Rift 3D browser, called FireBox, was inspired by reading the cyberpunk novel Snow Crash and a vision of a more social, embodied Internet.

Some of the metaphors that are part of FireBox’s user experience are to be expected; every website is a room, for example, and pictures hang on the walls. This already adds to the experience of the web, as sites like reddit are more fun to browse when they’re more than just text-heavy lists. However, some pages have some unexpected, even stunning, qualities, looking more like organic landscapes. The program was originally devised to help people learn how to code for the Oculus Rift, and the fruits of this effort are evident in webpages that are enhanced with special code that makes them display differently in the world of the Rift. McCrae’s code looks similar to HTML, except a ‘FireBoxRoom‘ takes the place of the webpage body, and 3D assets can be placed throughout to create an immersive world. For those without a VR viewer, the browser can also be opened in Windows and Linux,.

Even more exciting is the future McCrae envisions for FireBox, in which multiple people, ideally, would be able to explore the virtual world together. This could change our whole notion of the internet – is that YouTube commenter just a troll, or are they a fellow person trying to walk alongside you in a new, big and confusing universe?

FireBox
Source: Prosthetic Knowledge

technology
Trending

Lancôme's Newest Campaign Stars A Domestic Abuse Survivor

Advertising
Arts & Culture Yesterday

Small Urban Pavilions Create A Nature Refuge In East London

These relaxing micro shelters provide a haven amidst chaotic city environments

Travel Yesterday

Travel Laundry Pouch Washes Your Clothes Wherever You Are

The Scrubba Wash Bag helps anyone wash their clothes easily and quickly with just a little water and soap

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Social Media Yesterday

Swipe Up To Register To Vote On Snapchat

The social platform has partnered with TurboVote to help young people easily enroll in less than one minute

Children Yesterday

Battle Card Game Promotes Childhood Vaccinations

An Australian doctor has developed a playful way to inform parents about immunization and entertain kids

Fitness / Sport Yesterday

Oakley And Intel’s Sunglasses Give You A Built-In Personal Trainer Wherever You Go

The sunglasses/earbuds hybrid tracks your performance and lets you know how well your workouts are going

Experiential Marketing Yesterday

UNICEF’s ‘Time Machine’ Tells Stories With Data

An experiential installation at the UN General Assembly reminds us why every child matters

Design & Architecture Yesterday

Watch The World’s Tallest Building Become An LED Display

Burj Khalifa gives a backstage look at how the transformation came to be

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed september 26, 2016

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

PSFK Labs Yesterday

Modern Workplace Culture: No More Fat Cats Or Kissing Ass

Samar Birwadker, CEO & Co-Founder of Good & Co, on designing shared organizational values to optimize employee happiness and success

Travel Yesterday

Boeing Wants To Make Your Flight Better With Cloud And Star Projections

The manufacturer is trying to patent a projection system that would allow them to project images onto a plane's interior surfaces

Latin America Yesterday

Colombians Teach Dance To Fund Students’ Education

Chocó to Dance is a platform that shows you how to replicate popular Latin dances to help create scholarships for local students

Work Yesterday

Editorial Roundtable: What A People-First Workplace Must Prioritize First

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX on why employee fulfillment is a journey and not a destination

Culture Yesterday

Brand Engagement At The Gates Of The World’s Largest Open-Air Gallery

Tiger Beer and a neighborhood-minded nonprofit celebrate and promote New York's creative spirit by beautifying 100 security gates

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Technology Yesterday

How Technology Can Save The World By Saving Time

PSFK attends the Social Good Summit 2016 to see how new tech is changing the world for the better

Travel Yesterday

Marriott’s Gravity Room Installation Gives Travelers A New Perspective

The luxury hotel chain's #MGravityRoom invites visitors to snap and share pictures of its inverted set up

No search results found.