Saturday, October 1, 2016

Remove people from the background of your Ricoh Theta photos automatically with Vanish360 now also for iOS

Vanish 360 is an app that automatically removes people from the background of your Ricoh Theta photos. Here is a video demo of Vanish 360:

It had been released for Android and is now also available for iOS. Currently free to download. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

DEALS: Huge discounts on these VR games and apps, including a discount worth over $100!

Don't miss these sales going on right now for VR games and apps, including a discount worth over $100!

Varavon VR: a wearable 360 rig helmet with 17 cameras

For the highest quality 360 video, rigs are still generally the best option.  Check out the Varavon VR, a wearable 360 rig in the form of a helmet with 17 cameras to capture first person fully spherical 360 video.

Here's a video showing the Varavon VR, by Newsshooter's Dan Chung.

Spectacular aerial 360 fireworks photos from the Insta360 Nano

Check out these awesome aerial 360 fireworks photos from the Insta360 Nano! 

Detu Twin 360 copies the Ricoh Theta's design but has different image quality

The Ricoh Theta S (reviewed here) is still the one of the most popular 360-degree cameras, and has an iconic design that is not only beautiful but which also minimizes parallax stitching error.  Perhaps then it is no surprise that its design has been copied by the Detu Twin 360, a fully spherical camera from the makers of the Detu F4 and Detu Sphere.  But even though the Detu Twin 360 has a similar design to the Theta, its internals are completely different and in some ways better than the Theta.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ricoh Theta S firmware update (v. 1.72)

Ricoh issued a firmware update for the Ricoh Theta S.  Nothing exciting.  Just a bug fix.  To install it, you need to use the desktop Theta app.

Dlodlo V1 ultrathin VR headset available on Kickstarter

​A couple of months ago, I posted about the Dlodlo V1, an ultrathin VR headset.   The V1 is now available on Kickstarter.

VR Fitness update: yup, it's real!

The other day, I did a post about how one man used his HTC Vive to lose 14.4 lbs. in 50 days.  I tried it myself to see if it's real and as you can see from the numbers above (1030 kCal burned) it's definitely real!

Should Knott's Berry Farm reopen FearVR?

Knott's Berry Farm holds a horror attraction every Halloween for over 40 years, and this year was the first one to incorporate VR, with a new attraction called FearVR.  However, mental health advocates objected to the mental hospital theme of the attraction, arguing that it casts mental institutions in a negative light and discourages people with mental health issues from seeking help.

In response to the criticism, Knott's Berry Farm decided to close FearVR.

Now, Jennifer Ailey, a psychology Ph.D. candidate, has begun a petition to reopen FearVR.  Jennifer argues that there were attractions with similar themes from 1988 to 1992 and from 2003 to 2008, and again from 2009 to 2012, with no complaints.  More importantly, Jennifer argues, everyone understands that amusement parks are clearly understood to be fantasy.  With her training in psychology, Jennifer does not believe that the attraction makes fun of mental illness.

In my opinion, I think Knott's could reopen the attraction and perhaps provide informative pamphlets talking about mental health issues, and maybe even donate a portion of the proceeds for mental health advocacy groups.

If you would like Fear VR to be reopened, you can sign Jennifer's petition here.

Insta360 Nano vs. LG 360 Cam Part 2: real world sample videos

This is part 2 of our comparison of the Insta360 Nano (reviewed here) and the LG 360 Cam (reviewed here), two affordable fully spherical 360 cameras that offer the best value in their class.  Yesterday, I posted a comparison of sample photos from the Nano and the 360 Cam.  In this post, we'll look at sample videos from these two cameras.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Spherical vs. Flat 360 photos and videos: what's the difference and why it matters (TECHNIQUE)

Should this image be converted to a spherical or a flat 360 photo?

There are two general types of 360 photos and videos, and it is important to understand the difference between them.

Insta360 Nano vs. LG 360 Cam Part 1: real world sample photos

There are now many 360 cameras, but the Insta360 Nano (reviewed here) and the LG 360 Cam (reviewed here) stand out as two affordable fully spherical 360 cameras that offer the best value in their class.  How do they compare to each other?

In this post, I'll compare real world sample photos.  In a follow-up to this post, I'll compare real world sample videos.  In part 2 of this post here, I compare sample videos.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New contest for Ricoh Theta may show shifting emphasis

Ricoh is holding a new contest for the Ricoh Theta, and the theme of the contest is Virtual Reality (VR), which may be signaling a subtle shift in emphasis within Ricoh.

The latest theme park to add a VR roller coaster will be SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando will be adding a VR roller coaster in 2017.

Lose weight by playing video games in VR

photo by /u/Leppermessiah1
The photo above is not the result of some new diet, but you could say it is from a new form of exercise.  /u/Leppermessiah1 lost 14.4 lbs. and 3.75 inches from his waistline in 50 days just by playing video games in VR.

Nico360 finally posts an update!

Nico360 finally posts an update after one month of silence.

Monday, September 26, 2016

DEALS: Brand new Playstation 4 with TWO games for $209!

If you're getting a Playstation 4 for Playstation VR, this deal is pretty hard to beat.  It's a brand new Playstation 4 500GB, with:

  • Call of Duty Black Ops III
  • NBA 2k17
  • $75 Dell gift card
  • Free 2 business day shipping (if you register for free with Dell Advantage Rewards)
  • $15 Dell credit (if you register for free with Dell Advantage Rewards)
All for $299.  Factoring in the gift card and credit, it's like $209 PLUS two games.  If you don't want either one, you can sell one or both to further decrease the effective price!  I was going to get the Playstation 4 Pro (aka Playstation Neo) but this deal is too good to pass up :)  Here's the link.

How to watch the US Presidential Debate in VR

You can watch tonight's Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in virtual reality (not just 360 video).  Here's how to watch.

Briskeye: three 360 cameras with 4k livestreaming for industrial and commercial use

photo by Briskeye
Briskeye makes three types of fully spherical 360-degree cameras with 4k livestreaming capability, for industrial and commercial use.

New Ricoh Theta a no-show at Photokina

One of the rumored announcements at Photokina was the successor to the Ricoh Theta S (reviewed here), but there was no announcement.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The undiscovered VR painting and sculpting app for the HTC Vive

sample PaintLab work from the developer

Painting in VR is synonymous with Google's Tiltbrush but did you know there's another app that can work better for 'solid' artwork -- and it's free!