FL#184: Wall Street Journal’s Daydream VR app

Experiencing the WSJ inside a virtual 3-D environment

The Wall Street Journal recently launched a VR app that allows users to experience the Journal in immersive 3-D in Google’s Daydream platform. The app is one of the first to deliver news and live market data inside a virtual 3-D environment. We speak with Himesh Patel, Dow Jones creative director, and Roger Kenny, design tech lead for VR at the Wall Street Journal, about how the app came together.

Reporting by Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise and Gabe Dubois

For more information:

  • The Wall Street Journal debuted its Daydream VR app in November.
  • The app is available on Google Play. To experience the app, users need Daydream View, the headset and controller, and a Daydream-ready phone, such as Pixel or Pixel XL.  
  • If you want to get a sense of the app but don’t have access to a Daydream headset, you catch watch this video walk-through.
  • The Wall Street Journal partnered with architecture firm Michaelis Boyd Associates to design the virtual-reality penthouse environment for the app.

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