How to Use SocialTrade VR
This product is based on the SocialTrade web site, which was created for stock, options, and futures traders. Over the years, tens of thousands of charts and graphics have been posted and are available to you now in the virtual world.
This site has been designed principally for the HTC Vive, since that currently offers the most compelling experience. However, you can also navigate the site on your computer's browser, with an Android phone, or an iPhone (using the Chrome app). Specific platform notes are at the bottom of this window.
Navigating within SocialTrade is simple. You will first be presented with six general categories of content (Analytics, Business, Government, Other, Patterns, Trading Instruments). Click on any of those, and the sub-categories will be loaded (remember to look above the first "level" of boxes, since there may be more stacked above). The most important thing to know about navigation is that you click on the white buttons below each image, not the image itself.
After you have drilled down to the category you want, and then the sub-category, you will be presented with as many as fifty individual charts. Look up and see how tall the images go. You can click on any of the description boxes to "zoom up" to that level. Once you are at the very top, you may see a large green arrow which allows you to load the next set of fifty charts. Please note that these are in reverse chronological order, which means you see the most recent items first and can progress backwards in time as many years as you like.
The last navigation tip to keep in mind is how to go backward. At all times there is a "floor" beneath you. You can click on this floor to be transported back to the ground level. This is particularly useful when you are floating very high up. Also, in the center of the floor is a sphere that has the word "Back" printed on it. Clicking this sends you back: for example, to the prior level in the hierarchy, or to the prior 50 charts that were displayed.
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PC: You're good to go! Close this box and hit "Enter VR". For fullscreen, hit the bottom-right button that looks like VR goggles. You can use the arrow keys to move. Use the mouse to look around.
iPhone: If you're on Safari on iPhone, please download Chrome from the App Store, then take a look at the Mobile section on this page.
Mobile: Tilt your phone around to look around. If you have VR goggles like Google Cardboard, put them on and press the "VR" button in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Looking at a white button for long enough is the same as a click.
HTC Vive: Make sure SteamVR is running and your headset is being tracked. Because current browsers don't yet support the controllers, download a development build here. Extract the file and go to Chrome-bin, then launch "chrome.exe". Navigate back to this site. Click "Enter VR", and click the goggles in the bottom-right corner. Check the HTC Vive goggles. If something is going wrong, please reload the page.