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.”

Ubergizmo: Facebook Using AI To Help Improve 360-Degree Photos

Ubergizmo: Facebook Using AI To Help Improve 360-Degree Photos. “Not all photos are taken equally. There are some who are more skilled at composition a shot and editing it, while some don’t really care and just upload whatever they capture, blurry photo or not. However Facebook wants to change that, or at least help users improve their photos when it comes to 360-degree photo uploads.”

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.”