ScienceBlog: Creating A Realistic VR Experience With Normal 360-Degree Camera

ScienceBlog: Creating A Realistic VR Experience With Normal 360-Degree Camera. “Scientists at the University of Bath have developed a quick and easy approach for capturing 360° VR photography without using expensive specialist cameras. The system uses a commercially available 360° camera on a rotating selfie stick to capture video footage and create an immersive VR experience.Virtual reality headsets are becoming increasingly popular for gaming, and with the global pandemic restricting our ability to travel, this system could also be a cheap and easy way to create virtual tours for tourist destinations.”

Lifehacker: How to Make Your Own Virtual Reality Tours with Google Street View

Lifehacker: How to Make Your Own Virtual Reality Tours with Google Street View. “Google’s done more than almost any other company to bring virtual reality to the masses, from making cheap Cardboard headsets to giving the public easy ways to create and share 360-degree photos. Now the company is giving VR fans another way to dive in with a new tool called Tour Creator. The service lets you quickly create and share VR tours of your favorite locations from all over the world, pulling from Google Street View along with your own 360-degree pictures. Here’s what you need to know to get started.”

Digital Trends: Ditch the 3D stitch — updated algorithm means a clearer Google Street View

Digital Trends: Ditch the 3D stitch — updated algorithm means a clearer Google Street View. “Nothing quite disrupts the ‘being there’ experience of a 360 photo like a bad stitch line. But Google Street View panoramas will soon have fewer disruptions thanks to new research by Google. On Thursday, November 9, Google Research shared a new algorithm to create more seamless stitches.”

TechCrunch: Google to let anyone add to Street View, starting with Insta360’s Pro camera

TechCrunch: Google to let anyone add to Street View, starting with Insta360’s Pro camera. “Google has a new program called ‘Street View ready’ which will make it possible for anyone with the right hardware to contribute to its Street View imaging database, typically assembled using Google’s official 360-degree camera-toting Street View cars. The first camera officially designated ‘Street View auto ready’ is Insta360’s Pro camera, the 8K 360 camera which captures still images at up to 5 frames per second, and which has real-time image stabilization built-in.”

Elite Daily: Facebook Lets You Take 360-Degree Cover Photos Now, So Start Snapping Scenic Pics

Elite Daily: Facebook Lets You Take 360-Degree Cover Photos Now, So Start Snapping Scenic Pics. “Capturing and sharing our surroundings has never been easier, wouldn’t you say? We have smartphones with a built-in cameras. We have social media apps to show off our favorite pics. And now, Facebook is trying to be everyone’s favorite platform with a cool new feature that lets you take 360-degree cover photos directly in the app, giving your followers a super scenic view. The tech company has an entire website dedicated to the feature, called Facebook360, where they show interested users just how to take 360-degree cover photos on Facebook.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas

Smithsonian Magazine: Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas. “Today, the Armenian landscape is dotted with spectacular churches, the most notable of which date back to the medieval period when the development of communal monasteries transformed these remote locations into centers of art and learning. Today, many of these historic monasteries are still off the beaten path, perched overlooking vast gorges or hidden away in forested valleys. This is part of what the 360GreatArmenia VR app and website is trying to solve for by making virtual tours available from anywhere. In addition to the Khor Virap Monastery​, the project has captured more that 300 virtual reality tours of ancient sites within modern Armenia.”

Google Blog: Create your own Street View imagery with new 360 cameras

Google Blog: Create your own Street View imagery with new 360 cameras. “Today we’re announcing a simple way to share your perspective, with a new ‘street view ready’ certification standard integrated with 20 new 360-degree cameras coming to market in 2017. Whether you’re sharing your experience at a local market or on your recent vacation, publishing high-quality, interactive imagery no longer requires significant time and effort—all you have to do is get one of the cameras, download the Street View app and start creating. You can walk, run, bike, drive—even ride a horse—while we do the heavy lifting of connecting each frame of your video into a traditional, interactive Street View experience.”

Google Blog: Introducing the next generation of Jump

Google Blog: Introducing the next generation of Jump. “Virtual reality video lets you experience the world in amazing ways—it can put you in the front row for your favorite band, take you on the field during the championship game, or bring you under the sea to explore coral reefs. However, VR filmmakers still face challenges bringing their stories to the world—cameras are bulky, post-production is time-intensive, and each step can be difficult and expensive. To enable more great VR films, today we’re introducing the next generation Jump camera— the YI HALO—and Jump Start, a program to get Jump cameras into the hands of more filmmakers than ever before.”

TechCrunch: Facebook will license its new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom

TechCrunch: Facebook will license its new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom. “On day two of Facebook’s F8 conference, Facebook’s CTO Mike Schroepfer showed off designs for two new 360 cameras that the company is going to help push to market. The x24, with 24 cameras, and its little brother the x6, with six cameras, can each capture in six degrees of freedom for more immersive 360 content. Facebook plans to license the designs of the two cameras to select commercial partners to get each to market later this year.”

The Age: Yarra River Photo Survey: The man creating a Google Street View of the Yarra

Speaking of Google Trekker: wow. Despite the headline this guy is not working for Google. He is apparently doing this with one friend as an unpaid labor of love: Yarra River Photo Survey: The man creating a Google Street View of the Yarra. “In 1864, miners were so desperate to find gold that they diverted the Yarra River into a tunnel so they could comb the river bed. The river still flows through the tunnel near Warburton, 90km east of Melbourne. Christian Taylor has already found intriguing nuggets like this, 14km into his unpaid quest to photograph the river’s entire 218km accessible length, from a national park near Upper Yarra reservoir to industrial Williamstown.” He is walking through the river at the moment with a camera on his backpack and he’s already uploaded over 600 pictures.