React VR, a JavaScript Framework that brings VR Applications to your browsers

July 22, 2017, 1 p.m. By: Vishakha Jha

React VR

Virtual reality is unravelling itself in the most amazing way these days. One of the recent advancement includes React VR which is innovative and hot framework was recently launched by Facebook. It is a framework that aims to unravel the process and allows the creation of VR applications through existing tools that could run in web browser. It combines APIs like WebVR and WebGL with the declarative power of React, resulting in rendering experiences through a variety of devices. It provides a toolkit to build VR experiences manoeuvring primitives, managing the layout along with handling complex application states through React JS.

React VR points to ease the construction of 360 conversance and democratise the creation of VR content. It allows developers to work on providing a compelling experience for VR and develop the declarative programming style of React and React Native. React VR is built as a true RN platform and lets the user reuse code and systems in some places.

It lets you build and deploy VR experiences using standard web tools through JavaScript. Through React components you can compose scenes in 3D, combine 360 panoramas with 2D UI, text, and images. It also allows you to immerse with audio and video experience, along with the 3D model space around you with. To maximise the user involvement, sites built in React VR are accessible on mobile phones and desktops, through the cursor for navigation or accelerometers.

It is built on the React Native framework and its tools which consist of React Runtime, OVRUI, Three.js, WebVR and Browser. At the topmost level is the React code. It is similar to React Native and works with the similar core components of View, Image, and Text, but there are other supplements to add on more value to it. Through the use of the React Native toolchain, it is turned into JavaScript. React code runs in a WebWorker and interfaces with the browser window asynchronously through message-passing which leads to run main rendering thread faster leading to best VR experience. Along with React VR, there consist of a set of supporting layers and libraries which work together to make UIs come to life.

You can easily find the code of React VR which is available on GitHub. Users with the experience in building React apps will be able to get acquainted with and build React VR apps easily which is all set to provide you with another eye rattling involvement.

An Introduction to ReactVR

Video Source: Facebook Developers