About this Course

This course is designed for students who are new to virtual reality and want to learn about the principles of VR technology including optics, displays, stereopsis, tracking, and major hardware platforms. You don’t need any programming experience to get started.

By the end of this course, you will have created and deployed a VR application. You will understand the physical principles of VR and you will use that knowledge to create a comfortable, high-performance VR application using Unity.

Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 2 weeks
Skill Level
Beginner
Included in Course
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Join the Path to Greatness

This free course is your first step towards a new career with the VR Developer Nanodegree Program.

Free Course

Introduction to Virtual Reality

by Google VR

Enhance your skill set and boost your hirability through innovative, independent learning.

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Course Leads

  • Matt Thomas
    Matt Thomas

    Instructor

  • Vasanth Mohan
    Vasanth Mohan

    Instructor

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1

What is VR?

  • Learn the basic history of VR development
  • Learn the physical principles of VR including display, optics and orientation tracking
  • Understand how comfort & presence play a role in VR development
Lesson 1

What is VR?

  • Learn the basic history of VR development
  • Learn the physical principles of VR including display, optics and orientation tracking
  • Understand how comfort & presence play a role in VR development
Lesson 2

Platforms & Paradigms

  • Learn the difference between native, game engines, and web platforms
  • Learn how tracking in VR works
  • Learn about the different platforms currently available for VR development
Lesson 2

Platforms & Paradigms

  • Learn the difference between native, game engines, and web platforms
  • Learn how tracking in VR works
  • Learn about the different platforms currently available for VR development
Lesson 3

Hello World

  • Learn about to install and open a project in the Unity platform
  • Learn how to view, inspect, and gain a basic understanding of the Unity platform interface
  • Install and open an app in Google cardboard
Lesson 3

Hello World

  • Learn about to install and open a project in the Unity platform
  • Learn how to view, inspect, and gain a basic understanding of the Unity platform interface
  • Install and open an app in Google cardboard

Prerequisites and Requirements

No programming experience is required. If you are new to virtual reality, and ready to start learning about this amazing technology, then this is the perfect place to begin! We will teach and use the Unity platform to edit a VR app, so you should have access to a computer running Mac OS X (10.8+) or Windows (7, 8, or 10).

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why Take This Course

The journey to becoming a VR developer starts with mastering the underlying hardware and software principles. This course covers the foundational skills needed to produce professional VR experiences that are comfortable, polished, and performant.

VR development is an amazing career, with both demand and salaries rising. Every innovative VR professional relies on a core set of tools and principles. If you’re going to succeed, then you need to master them, too.

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals
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