Facebook 360 & Surround 360 Camera

Facebook 360

“A stunning and captivating way for publishers and content creators to share immersive stories, places and experiences with their fans.”

“Fans can easily discover your content with a special 360 icon indicating interactivity.”

Facebook Surround 360

“A production-ready, high-quality 3D-360 camera design with accompanying automated stitching technology that seamlessly marries the video from 17 cameras, reducing post-production effort and time.”

The design specs and stitching code will be made available on GitHub in summer 2016. Works with Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR.

Surround 360 camera

Virtual reality field trips

I’m particularly excited for the use of virtual reality in travel and education. A recent article posted on the Wall Street Journal discusses students using virtual reality goggles in the classroom to virtually visit places like the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, and Tenochtitlan.

“The search giant sends kits to teachers that contain everything they need to run one of these virtual trips: ASUS smartphones, a tablet for the teacher to direct the tour and Google Cardboard viewers or Mattel View-Masters.”

Schools can sign up to have Google bring the experience to their school through the Experience Pioneer Program at no cost. But space is limited.

(Google’s Virtual Reality Brings Great Wall of China Inside School Walls)

Mark Zuckerberg on the uses of Oculus VR

Mark Zuckerberg on what he thinks the primary applications of the Oculus VR headset will be:

“The reason we’re excited in this space is the continued progression of people getting richer and richer ways to share what’s on their mind. Ten years ago it was text. Now it’s mostly visual and photos, then primarily video and we’re seeing huge growth there, but that is not the end of the line. Immersive 3D content is the obvious next thing after video.”

Interesting to think about how VR within Facebook might look. One application I can envision would be someone posting a virtual reality video (I’ll call it a “VR”) of their wedding reception and their friends can put on  their own virtual reality headset and experience it. Those without a virtual reality headset will watch it more like a traditional video.

Architects first reaction to experiencing VR

Awesome story posted on Reddit about some architects reaction to their first use of an Oculus Rift: Architects I work for just gave the best reactions I’ve ever seen in person.

“How is this already possible”, “I get it now, I’m so happy I didn’t put more bridges in the main hall”, “I can now finally see how important it is that this wall is yellow”, “I got to change that, amazing that I can finally see it”, “this opens so much to me”.

Space Needle VR Halo Walk

space-needle-vr-halo-walk

Always cool to see the new ways that people and businesses are using virtual reality. At the Space Needle in Seattle, they will soon offer a virtual walk around the outside of the upper platform of the Space Needle. Not for those who have a fear of heights.

But then again, will a fear of heights in the non-virtual world mean an equal fear of heights in the virtual world? To be seen . . .

(bizjournals.com)

Virtually Bike Around the World

widerun bike

Widerun offers an in home bicycle exercise stand that ties in with a VR headset giving the rider an immersive virtual bicycling experience. They also have a marketplace where you can access additional locations to virtually train in.

Virtual Reality University Tours

SonyBrook_VirtualReality campus tour

Campus tours using Virtual Reality. A clear application for virtual reality. Cool concept. I would have used this when I was applying to various universities. This particular example is from Stony Brook University in New York. Prospective students can use a headset to navigate a photo tour of the campus.

www.stonybrook.edu