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Virtual Reality

This guide will help you navigate your way into the world of VR at SUNY Erie City Campus.

May we suggest...

Google Cardboard

An app suite custom made for the Google Cardboard headset, compatible with both Android and Apple phones.

"Get it, fold it and look inside to enter the world of Cardboard. It’s a VR experience starting with a simple viewer anyone can build or buy. Once you have it, you can explore a variety of apps that unfold all around you."

Available here in Google Play store.

Available here in the Apple App store.



MERGE Miniverse

Merge has added all of its AR-compatible content to something called the Miniverse platform.It sends you off to YouTube for the 360° and/or VR experience, but it’s useful in that it editorializes and curates eduacational apps and games you can use in one place. 


MERGE Cube App Suite


MERGE Explorer

"Learn science with hands-on, interactive simulations! Students can learn science effectively with over 100 science simulations they can touch, hold and interact with! Merge Explorer (along with a Merge Cube) allows students to investigate a smoking volcano in the palm of their hand, examine a great white shark up close, hold and explore the solar system, dissect a frog (humanely!), and so much more. With easy-to-follow activities and built-in quizzes, students gain key knowledge while immersed in learning, both in the classroom or while remote learning at home."

Available here in Google Play store
Available here in Apple App store


MERGE Object Viewer

"Teach and learn science effectively with true-to-life digital teaching aids you can touch, hold and interact with, and upload your own 3D objects to share! Object Viewer puts hundreds of digital teaching aids in the palm of your hand! Students can learn about rocks and minerals, mammals, reptiles, lifecycles, cells, and so much more using different collections of hands-on 3D models. Students can also upload, view, and share their own 3D objects on the Merge Cube."

Available here in Google Play store
Available here in Apple App store


MERGE HoloGlobe

"Explore NASA and NOAA visualizations of the Earth in the palm of your hand! Merge HoloGlobe brings real-time NOAA and NASA satellite data and simulations to the Merge Cube, providing stunning views of the Earth and its many processes and systems into the palm of your hand! HoloGlobe is a hands-on resource for K-12 students, educators, and citizen scientists who want to learn more about Earth using real scientific data, including rainfall, cloud coverage, ocean and land temperature, wildfires, snowfall, and more all over the world."

Available here in Google Play store
Available here in Apple App store


Empire State Immersive Experience (ESIE)

"Visit Petra in Jordan! Tour an historic theater! View the stars during the day! All this is possible with ESIE—Empire State Immersive Experiences: a platform for hosting 360º images and panorama tours built on the open source repository software Archipelago."

Virtual 360° VR tour of the SUNY Erie Old Post Office Building

City Library unveiled a new resource in Fall 2021: a virtual tour of the Old Post Office Building at 121 Ellicott Street, the main building of the City Campus. Using 360° panoramic digital photography, the tour highlights the Gothic Revival-styled building’s exterior, including a special view from inside the belltower, the interior’s expansive atrium space, and a focus on the campus library.  

The tour, hosted on the Empire State Immersive Experience (ESIE) site,, is populated with informational and directional “hotspots” allowing one to click their way around and through the building. It’s mobile, desktop, and virtual reality (VR) enabled, and offers a uniquely immersive experience of one of the city’s true architectural gems. SUNY Erie faculty, students, staff, and alumni are welcome to stop by the City Library’s VR station, returning in Fall 2021, to experience the tour in VR.  


Google Arts & Culture 

"Travel across arts and culture around the world in virtual reality...uncover stories of amazing cultural sites...delve into must-see masterpieces...take a stroll through top cultutal desinations."

Available here in Google Play store
Available here in Apple App store


Google Earth

"Explore worldwide satellite imagery and 3D buildings and terrain for hundreds of cities. Zoom to your house or anywhere else, then dive in for a 360° perspective with Street View ... Take a guided tour around the globe with some of the world's leading storytellers, scientists, and nonprofits. Immerse yourself in new cultures and test your knowledge of the world."

Available here in Google Play store.

Available here in Apple App store.


YouTube VR

The Youtube VR channel is host to a multitude of 360° and VR videos. Make sure you have YouTube installed on your device (see below). Visit the Virtual Reality YouTube channel in your phone’s YouTube app to find a curated selection of the best videos. Either look for the VR goggle icon or the "..." options key at the corner of your screen to switch to VR (or simply watch in 360° on your phone). 

Available here in Google Play store.

Available here in Apple App store.



Titans of Space

"Go for a ride through this authentic miniature Solar System, and then squint your eyes in the intense light of a few of the largest known stars. Enjoy the engaging soundtrack while moving through the tour at your own pace ... Enjoy accurate visuals and curated facts & photos for over 40 Solar System bodies, while listening to your optional tour guide. Reduced scale enhances the 3D effect and makes it easy to compare sizes ... Immersive. Easy-to-use dashboard controls. Great care has been taken to ensure a comfortable and thrilling experience in VR. Spatial relationships delivered directly to your brain!"

Available here (for Cardboard) in Google Play store.


Visible Body: Human Anatomy Atlas

A SUNY Erie subscription database and award winning 3D anatomy atlas reference app, with click-draggable 360° imaging of the human anatomy, for healthcare professionals, students, and professors.

Android and Apple mobile apps available, with various options for student login both on and off campus access.


from Penn State University Libraries' "Virtual Reality" LibGuide, Gowan & Wilkins, 2019