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‘WordPress for VR’: Meet the team trying to democratize virtual reality

At a recent workshop in Dumbo’s Made in NY Media Center, I expected to be a fish out of water. The class, dedicated to covering the basics of WebVR, an experimental JavaScript API for virtual reality on the web, was billed as catering to developers. My development experience: building a makeshift personal website in HTML and CSS, plus a long-ago course in JavaScript I barely remember.

Yet even I was able to catch on as Brian Chirls, the chief technology officer of Williamsburg-based VR studio Datavized, walked us through building a basic VR scene using a platform called A-Frame. The syntax for A-Frame looked a lot like … HTML.

Could creating a virtual-reality experience be as simple as making a rudimentary website? That’s the eventual goal of Datavized.

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